Refugees And Migrants Continue to Arrive in Idomeni


Time: 10:07 p.m. CEST

People from conflict areas of the Middle East are still arriving to Idomeni, a village in Greece, despite that Macedonia closed the improvised wired fence border crossing. As the BBC News reports, the Greek military established three other camps close to the Idomeni, but they are already full, says Caroline Haga, an emergency co-ordinator for the International Red Cross (ICRC).

Families, small children, fathers with their daughters or babies are quietly approaching the border through green grass and the fields in Greece toward the border with Macedonia. Some even use trash container on wheels for their cloths.

Regardless, many of them arrive at petrol stations, which they use to rest along they way from Athens, as BBC reports. With the situation calmer on Tuesday, after the temporarily escalation on Monday, the United Nations warns that “Europe in on the cusp of a largely self-induced humanitarian crisis.”

Inside the improvised camps with small tents, conditions could worsen in the following period. “The crowded conditions are leading to shortages of food, shelter, water and sanitation,” UN refugee agency (UNHCR) spokesman Adrian Edwards said, BBC reports.

About 25,000 migrants in Greece are in need of housing, while some 8,500 of them are stuck in worsening conditions on the Greece-Macedonia border. BBC reporters saw hundreds more migrants heading across fields towards Idomeni on Tuesday.

Last week, Macedonia refused to allow an entry to migrants or refugees of Afghanistan and imposed more control on Syrians and Iraqis. On Monday, when Macedonia closed the entrance situation escalated with refugees trying to destroy the fence and police using stun grenades and tear gas on the refugees.

 

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