Find out about our work in Serbia
Conditions in northern Serbia are deteriorating. This winter, temperatures are likely to drop to -20°C.
Help Refugees is supporting local grassroots groups, such as the dedicated team running BelgrAid, to provide emergency aid in Serbia. Through our partners at IndiGo Volunteers we are also helping to coordinate volunteers across the country.
During the winter of 2016/17 the borders of Hungary and Croatia were closed and 7,500 refugees were left stranded in exceptionally harsh conditions. When temperatures reached below -15 degrees, several of these people froze to death at the borders. Our partners are working hard to ensure that no-one is forced to endure another winter in these conditions without support.
“I just want to go to some safe country, To start a normal life… like other people. Just to be safe, in peace” – Amir
Abandoned by European authorities and with no legal routes available, hundreds of people are now stuck in limbo in Serbia’s border towns. As they try repeatedly to cross the heavily guarded border fences, refugees as young as 14 are experiencing brutality and human rights abuses at the hands of Croatian and Hungarian security forces.
BelgrAid is an organisation run by committed volunteers working non-stop to provide food, water and warm clothing to refugees forced to sleep on the streets and in abandoned buildings across Serbia. Donate to their fundraiser directly by clicking here.