Poland urged to allow humanitarian help to suffering migrants on Belarus border



Humanitarian help for migrants at the Poland-Belarus border must be allowed, volunteer groups have told the Polish government.

Thousands of migrants from West Asia and Africa are sheltering in freezing conditions in the woods on the border between Belarus and the European Union states Poland and Lithuania, which are refusing to let them cross. Some have already died and there are fears for the safety of the rest as bitter winter conditions settle in.

"I'm calling on the government of the Republic of Poland to allow professional non-governmental institutions to operate in the border zone," said Michal Sutyniec, of the Polish network of NGOs Grupa Granica. He added: "So that I would not have to leave a five-year-old girl with her mother in the forest for the night only because it is the best of all the bad variants that are available."