Serbia

 

Somba 

     Sombor currently holds around 100 people, but fluctuates as these camps always do. There was a blend of Kurdish, Yezidi, and Arab families, mostly from Iraq, with the majority of the single men in camp coming from Pakistan. The conditions were clean and mostly comfortable. They do not have a laundry service, but there were big vats outside where the refugees do their own laundry. The dining room is fairly small, but there is a room available in the dorms for ESL classes/art clubs/ sewing days etc. There is also the big tent out back that they offered to us for cinema nights. There's a school house partially finished, a small playground, and a volleyball net. (The people seem to do a lot of their own tea and coffee hosting.) The Psychologist group was in the process of pulling out and one of their staff practically begged us to come start something there, as he feels it is so important to have people there to simply spend time with refugees. 

 

Subotica 

     Camp Subotica was the smallest one we visited, with just under 50 people. It exists basically as a place for families to stay while they wait to be allowed into Hungary. Currently Hungary accepts approximately 5 people per week. They welcomed us to teach English or do activities with the women. There isn't a lot of extra space, but you could potentially use the dining room or the kids' room for activities. The waiting time is extremely hard emotionally and mentally as these often wait months before being allowed to cross the border.

 

Kikinda 

     This place has somewhere under 200 people. Many of the families were from Afghanistan, with several people from Iran, and very few single men. Kikinda has many opportunities. They could use a laundry service, ESL classes for adults, and activities to keep the kids busy. There is another big white tent here that is used as a Mosque during Ramadan, but otherwise they would love to allow an organization to use it as a tea room, music room, art room, anything productive really. There is an extra room behind the kitchen that I imagine they would allow us to use for laundry. Also, they need a grounds manager who could inspire the refugees to put themselves on a schedule for maintenance.

 

Principovac 

     On the Croatian border, Principovac was moderately comfortable. SOS and IOM are both here and everyone seems to be very well taken care of. They didn't have a laundry service either, so that is a potential service. Most of the migrants here are Pakistani and Afghan.

 

Adesevci 

Located in an old hotel, they at one time had over 1,000 people here, but the numbers have dwindled to between 200-400, mostly Iranians. We worked with OM at the tea tent and in the laundry room. SOS is here as well and does make-up workshops and sewing with the women. OM welcomes us to send teams back at any time, and it is an excellent opportunity to come here as an ''Initiation into Serbia''