After a fire destroyed the temporary emergency camp in northwest Bosnia on December 23, 2020, hundreds are housed in tents that do not meet basic humane housing conditions, it said.
Even looking beyond the pandemic, life in the camps shows no signs of improving, with efforts to relocate some refugees to address the overcrowding to Bhasan Char, an island, adding to the uneasiness.
The recent rise in violence among the camp population jeopardizes the ability for the humanitarian partners to continue to safely deliver critical humanitarian assistance to residents.
With displacement increasing daily, the lack of food, water, sanitation, shelter, health, protection and education is exacerbating an already dire situation – set to be compounded by the rainy season.
A new UN report shows that nearly two billion people in the world’s most populous region were unable to afford a healthy diet, even before the COVID-19 outbreak.
The tragic sinking, the first of 2021 in the Central Mediterranean, resulted in at least 43 deaths. Survivors were provided with emergency assistance, including food, water and medical screenings.
At least 41,200 people have been affected by a heavy storm that caused extreme flooding in northern Idlib and western Aleppo. Most of those hit have already faced years of displacement due to conflict.
UNHCR regained access to two refugee camps in Tigray and found Eritrean refugees in desperate need of supplies and services two months after conflict forced aid workers to withdraw from the region.
UNHCR says the situation is manageable. "However, if the influx should continue, with the authorities, we will direct the refugees to the best place to be taken care of and above all to be safe.”
Efforts have focused on the Um Rakuba and Tunaydbah refugee camps, destinations for many refugees, as well as seven surrounding host communities, and the fluctuating numbers of refugees transiting Hamdayet.