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Rights group: Bosnian migrant camp “dangerous and inhumane”

A prominent human rights group is warning that migrants trying to reach Western Europe are living in “dangerously cold and harsh conditions” in Bosnia, where tensions have mounted over the influx of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty.

The Doctors Without Borders group on Friday warned that the improvised Vucjak refugee camp in northwestern Bosnia does not meet minimum living standards, describing it as a “dangerous and inhumane place.”

Bosnia has been overwhelmed by the influx of thousands of people fleeing violence or poverty in their home countries. Most migrants flock to the northwest section of the Balkan country, which borders European Union member Croatia.

Migrants prepare food in the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The European Union’s top migration official has joined the calls for the closure of a migrant camp in Bosnia set up on a former landfill. The EU has given Bosnia over 36 million euros ($40 million) in aid. But conditions at Vucjak are so bad that the EU’s migration commissioner says that “no EU financial support can, or will be, provided for it.” (AP PhotoDarko Vojinovic)

This has led to tensions in the border region, with local authorities there demanding that other parts of the country share the migrant burden.

Migrants rest in the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The European Union’s top migration official has joined the calls for the closure of a migrant camp in Bosnia set up on a former landfill. The EU has given Bosnia over 36 million euros ($40 million) in aid. But conditions at Vucjak are so bad that the EU’s migration commissioner says that “no EU financial support can, or will be, provided for it.” (AP PhotoDarko Vojinovic)

Migrants wait in line to receive food from the Red Cross in the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The European Union’s top migration official has joined the calls for the closure of a migrant camp in Bosnia set up on a former landfill. The EU has given Bosnia over 36 million euros ($40 million) in aid. But conditions at Vucjak are so bad that the EU’s migration commissioner says that “no EU financial support can, or will be, provided for it.” (AP PhotoDarko Vojinovic)

Migrants wait in line to receive food from the Red Cross in the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The European Union’s top migration official has joined the calls for the closure of a migrant camp in Bosnia set up on a former landfill. The EU has given Bosnia over 36 million euros ($40 million) in aid. But conditions at Vucjak are so bad that the EU’s migration commissioner says that “no EU financial support can, or will be, provided for it.” (AP PhotoDarko Vojinovic)

A migrant walks in the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The European Union’s top migration official has joined the calls for the closure of a migrant camp in Bosnia set up on a former landfill. The EU has given Bosnia over 36 million euros ($40 million) in aid. But conditions at Vucjak are so bad that the EU’s migration commissioner says that “no EU financial support can, or will be, provided for it.” (AP PhotoDarko Vojinovic)