Two migrants try to warm themselves by an open fire as they take refuge in an abandoned warehouse in Adasevac, Serbia, near the border with Croatia. Credit: EPA/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC
Two migrants try to warm themselves by an open fire as they take refuge in an abandoned warehouse in Adasevac, Serbia, near the border with Croatia. Credit: EPA/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC

UNICEF said it has begun distributing clothing and shoes to migrant children hosted in reception centers in Serbia to help them face the approaching winter season.

With winter quickly approaching, UNICEF representatives in Serbia have begun the distribution of 475 packages containing clothing and shoes for migrant children up to age 12 who are being hosted in reception centers in the country. Each package contains trousers, windbreakers, thermal underwear, shirts, shoes, boots, scarves, hats and gloves for a single child. 


'Many children without adequate clothing' 

The first packages were distributed by UNICEF Serbia Director Regina De Dominicis in refugee centers in Adasevci and Principovac. Deliveries will take place through November 8 in reception centres in Sombor, Kikinda, Subotica, Banja Koviljaca, Bogovadja, Krnjaca, Sjenica, Tutin, Bujanovac, Vranje, Bosilegrad, and Pirot. "Winter is knocking on the door, and many children in refugee and reception/transit centres don't have adequate clothes," De Dominicis said. She said the children will be given adequate space for play and learning, together with psychosocial support. 

The UNICEF winter packages were organised in collaboration with the organisation's partners and the commissioner for migrants and refugees in Serbia. 

Eight human traffickers arrested 

In recent days Serbian police arrested eight people belonging to a criminal organization operating in human trafficking. Investigators, cited by the media, said those arrested had facilitated the illegal passage of numerous migrants, most of whom were Afghanis and Indians, from Serbia to Hungary in the past two months, in exchange for payment. The arrests took place in various locations throughout northern Serbia not far from the Hungarian border, where the criminal organisation operated. 

During searches, police seized a boat that the traffickers used to illegally transport migrants to Hungary across the Tisza River, four cars that would take migrants to the border, drugs, and false documents from Bosnia-Herzegovina.
 

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