Brussels allocates €3.5 million to Bosnia over ‘unacceptable’ conditions for migrants

The European Commission announced on Sunday that it is giving €3.5 million in humanitarian aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina to help migrants living in “unacceptable” conditions following a camp fire.

Brussels said the funds will help migrants and refugees “facing a humanitarian disaster” by financing warm clothing, blankets, food, healthcare and mental health and psychological support.

Migrants walk back to the Lipa camp outside Bihac, Bosnia, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, after hundreds failed to be relocated from the burnt-out tent camp.
Migrants walk back to the Lipa camp outside Bihac, Bosnia, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, after hundreds failed to be relocated from the burnt-out tent camp. 

The Lipa camp, in the northeastern Una Sana canton, burnt down on December 23 as it was being closed. The facility had been opened months earlier as a temporary pandemic measure and was not suitable for the harsh winter conditions as it has no sewage, running water or electricity.

900 of the camp’s 1,400 former residents were meant to be rehoused in centres around the country but were told to return to the burnt down camp on December 30 despite the freezing conditions. Additionally, about 1,000 people, including children, live in squats and forests near the camp.

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