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Anguish on the border

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 01:18

Thousands of people are trapped in no-man's land between Serbia and Croatia as Hungary closes its southern frontier. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Scenes of anguish and despair as thousands of migrants gather on Serbia's border with Croatia. They are virtually stranded waiting on cold, wet borders after Hungary closed its southern frontier. It is an all too familiar scene at the epicenter of the greatest migration of people in Europe since World War Two. The UNHCR struggles to hand out raincoats. Coordinator Iroda Asqarova says they are doing what they can. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNHCR COORDINATOR, IRODA ASQAROVA, SAYING: "As you can see this is a humanitarian, seriously humanitarian situation. You can see, if you go to the crowd you will see women with children, with disabled people, they are all trapped and the border at the moment remains closed from Croatian side." The EU has agreed to a plan, resisted by Hungary and several other ex-Communist countries to share refugees among its members. But with thousands pouring in each day, it may be a promise that is hard to keep, leaving scores in a virtual no mans land offering little but hope

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Anguish on the border

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 01:18