Millions of people are leaving their homes on Middle East escaping from the war and disaster. They are travelling thousands of miles on their path to better life, and Serbia is one of the transit countries and last before they enter the EU. Since January 2015, over 800.000 forced migrants have passed through Serbia. So called "Balkan route" has been closed on March 8th, but refugees are passing through Serbia and they are in urgent need for food.
Even though borders are officially closed, refugees are still passing through Serbia. Refugees are exposed to the smugglers which are misusing their vulnerability. Due to lack of the funds many international organization closed their operations and there is very few organizations who are providing humanitarian assistance. Lack of food and basic humanitarian assistance increase anxiety among refugees and create atmosphere of fear and uncertainty. Need for food and fresh water is enormous.
We are facing humanitarian crisis in center of Belgrade and on the border with Hungary. Now, it is urgent to provide food and water. Our mobile teams are delivering food, but we need support to enable continuous support during next three months. The most difficult situation is on no man's land between Hungary and Serbia where around 1.000 refugees are staying for several weeks. Belgrade parks are also current hot spots where our mobile teams provide support to refugees.
Local authorities are facing an emerging crisis as it is very difficult to care for the growing masses of exhausted, hungry, and injured refugees making the arduous journey to hoped-for asylum. There are no indicators that the influx of migrants will slow down in the following months; everyday delivery of the food, clothes and medical support is vital and it will ease migrant crisis.