Winter Arrives for Refugees

by Church Resource Team on November 11, 2015

Temperatures are dropping in the Balkans, but thousands of refugees continue to arrive daily on Europe’s doorstep. Many are inadequately prepared for the cold, rain, and delays they face, say World Vision staff.

“When I see them walking wearing flip-flops, without any warm clothing…my heart hurts,” says Admir Cigic, a staff member who distributes relief goods in Serbia.

Nighttime low temperatures have been in the 40s, with daytime highs in the mid 50s.

While they are waiting to cross the border between Serbia and Croatia, refugees stand in the open, at the mercy of wind and rain.

“Refugees arrive carrying very little, with only plastic bags in their hands, and are often wet from the rain,” says Admir. World Vision gives them blankets, raincoats, warm socks, hats, shawls, and shoes, as well as food and hygiene items.

The U.N. refugee agency estimates that 12,000 refugees are transiting through Serbia at any given time. So far in 2015, about 600,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe, compared to 200,000 in all of 2014. 
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