The situation in the northwestern town of Bihac, one of the places the migrant crisis affected the most, is getting out of hand, Red Cross worker Salem Midzic told N1 on Thursday, adding that the town “did not deserve this.”
Since the beginning of 2018, thousands of migrants entered Bosnia as surrounding countries closed their borders.
Bihac is located in the Una-Sana Canton which borders with Croatia - the country where the migrants want to cross over to on their way toward western EU countries.
“We are working in two migrant centres, about 2,000 meals are prepared daily,” he said, adding that the Red Cross is also helping migrants outside of the reception centres.
“The conditions the migrants live in are not humane. The Red Cross now works on three fronts and that additionally burdens both the organisation and the people who are engaged in these activities,” he said.
Midzic noted that there are officially four migrant reception centres in the area, with three in Bihac and one in Kladusa.
The hotel Sedra and the student's home Borici are filled, while there are about 700 unaccommodated migrants staying in the premises of the Bira factory, he said.
“A lot of migrants in Kladusa and Bihac are also staying in private premises, which makes our work and tending to them more difficult,” he said.
Bihac did not deserve that situation, he stressed.
“Throughout the past period we had help from the Red Crescent from Turkey, Italy’s Red Cross, donations from the US which secured enough hygiene products for us,” he said.
“All of those donations helped us secure additional reserves as we plan on what could happen,” he said, adding that when the crisis began, citizens also helped a lot. “I am very disappointed with the state institutions, the town and municipal administrations.”
Bihac “did not deserve this”, he said.