BALKAN ROUTE UPDATE 2/12/2015 Wednesday 23:15

Dec 2nd, 2015
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  1. BALKAN ROUTE UPDATE 2/12/2015 Wednesday 23:15
  3. GENERAL: Idomeni border crossing blocked by protesters in the evening, the camp gets overcrowded and situation is very tense. Ferry strike announced for Thursday 3/12 in Greece.
  5. - Archive of the updates:
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  9. - LESVOS and other islands: 3-4000 poeple come daily to Greek islands. Volunteering and donation info:
  11. - IDOMENI: Greek government brought 1000 stranded refugees by bus to the camps in Athens yesterday. Frontex officers haven´t arrived on site yet. Barbed wire fence is been prolonged. People tried to walk around the fence were stopped by Macedonian police, force was used, reportedly including rubber bullets and tear gas. The border crossing for Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis was blocked by protesters in the evening. As newcomers cannot pass, the camp is overcrowded. Better organisation needed for clothes distribution as tensions are high. Needed: - strong tents, blankets, sleeping bags, men's shoes. If you want to volunteer, please contact or Lea Wilmsen (FB - Lea Wlmsn) or +30 698 8569404, We recommend ONLY EXPERIENCED volunteers to come, situation volatile and dangerous at times. Volunteers can use hotels in Polikastro (17km) or sleep in a tent.
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  15. - GEVGELIJA: 2 700 ppl came today, situation calm. Local activists are constantly asking for donation of crutches and wheelchairs for the refugees who are disabled and/or injured. If you can help with donations, write to
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  19. - MIRATOVAC: UVP and Humedica has got volunteers on site. Miratovac expected to be bypassed by train in the next days, exact date not certain. Shoes and rain gear would be appreciated though it stopped raining today. Xhelal´s team has left the place today and is applying for the licence to work inside the Presevo camp since 10th December - Xhelal Hasani Tel. +381 633 74 034,
  21. - PREŠEVO: Steady flow of refugees. Very cold weather, max temperatures few degrees above zero. No need for volunteers at this moment. Waiting time for registration max 1.5 hours, people can wait in tents and then in trains. Volunteers are still lacking money for purchasing food, SHOES needed. If you can donate, please contact United Volunteers of Preševo, Tel. +381 62 1499 561.
  23. - DIMITROVGRAD: Hundreds of refugees daily, very cold. WINTER SHOES/SOCKS/BLANKETS needed. Hot meals are provided, but local team still asks for socks, gloves, scarves, caps and blankets. Czech team will be sending group of cca 10 volunteers this weekend, if you can come earlier, please contact Tarek: +381 62 895 45 77
  25. - BEOGRAD: Refugees can go to the Asylum Center at Krnjača, where they have access to hot meals, showers and a place to rest. Asylum Protection Center - provides legal, psychosocial and psychological support to refugees. Only long-term volunteers required. Based in Belgrade as well as Sid and they also have two offices in Presevo. Contact: Rados Djurovic +381 63 704-7080, Clothing, hot tea, soup and toiletry distribution for folks stranded in Belgrade continues at Miksaliste - Refugee Aid Serbia's aid collection and distribution point at Mostarska 5 is almost out of food. Needed are: sardine tins, tuna tinsa, Paper cups for hot tea, biscuits, crackers and new socks. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please use Volunteer sport or contact
  27. - ŠID/ADAŠEVCI: Czech volunteer team helps in Adaševci in two shifts (16-24h, 0-8h), we provide information, hand out water and some basic clothes. Situation is calm and steady. Shoes, socks, scarfs, hats, large plastic garbage bags and tapes welcomed. No volunteers needed, Czech team handles this internally.
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  31. - SLAVONSKI BROD: 2000 people entered Croatia today, Slavonski Brod is empty at the moment. What is needed here: shoes & socks (39-44), especially men's, incontinence pads, wheelchairs, baby carriages, baby carriers, caps, shawlf, gloves + some jackets. Volunteers registration for December has been closed. Contact Maja Znika: or +385-99-5021-926.
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  35. - DOBOVA: 1700 people came yesterday, 1100 today by noon, 550 in the camp at that time. Red Cross on site, Slovak medical team started to work - Katarina Zollerova can be contacted via FB ( Shoes needed.
  37. - ŠENTILJ: 2500 people left Slovenia yesterday, another 1000 left today by noon, camp empty, situation calm. Šentilj is run by Civil protection and police, with Red Cross on site.
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  41. - SPIELFELD: From now on, military crew will be preparing warm meals for the refugees, but only from 6PM to 10PM every day. No volunteers needed/allowed.
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  45. - Please note, that almost all volunteers spots requires a REGISTRATION OF VOLUNTEERS (usually 48 hours in advance) now and so we strongly suggest to contact local coordinator or contact person in advance to comply with these requirements and to avoid being turned away on the site.
  47. - SUPPLIES IN SZEGED: Warehouse of MigSzol Szeged is still full of food, non-food and hygiene goods. You can pick up anything when travelling to Serbia/Macedonia and elswehere. Contact coordinators Szalai Balázs +36 20 229 6669 or Szőke - Tóth Ágnes +36 304 27 34 60.
  49. - Large amounts of supplies could be picked up also in Zagreb, please call Lejla +385 91 456 77 05 if you are able to bring any supplies from Zagreb to any of the borders.
  51. - and don't forget to act:
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