Hungarians distribute food, water to refugees trapped in Serbia

July 15, 2015

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Hundreds of refugees from the Middle East and Central Asia are encamped at an abandoned brick factory in northern Serbia. Many have traveled for weeks (even months) on foot with limited access to clean drinking water and food, only to find their entry to the European Union blocked.

On Tuesday, Budapest Beacon senior correspondent Benjamin Novak accompanied the director of a Budapest-based charity to the brick factory.  There he met other Hungarian nationals determined to do what they can to help those less fortunate.

1. Hungarian border police apprehend refugees near Röszke, Hungary.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

2. Tibor Varga and Tibor Nagy. The two Hungarians living in Serbia run an NGO which distributes aid to several hundred refugees who have set up camp in an abandoned brickworks factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

3. Tibor Varga and Tibor Nagy preparing a delivery of donated water and food to the brickworks factory outside Subotica, Serbia.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

4. Refugees have limited access to running water, but use it to wash their clothing and bathe. This picture was taken across the road from the abandoned brickworks.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

5. Tibor Nagy walking toward main building in the abandoned brickworks yard.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

6. Another abandoned building in the brickworks yard. Trash everywhere.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

7. Side of the main brickworks building. A narrow ladder leads to the attic.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

8.Two refugees walking in grounds of abandoned brick factory.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

9. The attic serves as shelter for some. Arabic has been scrawled on the pipe running through the middle of the attic.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

10. Some refugees are fortunate enough to have tents. Others sleep on the ground.  The building serves as an additional shelter against harsh weather. It is cool inside the building.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

11. Refugee asleep in the attic of the abandoned brick factory.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

12. The grounds of the abandoned brickyard near Subotica, Serbia.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

13. Room used as makeshift latrine by refugees.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

14. Section of smaller building in ruins.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

15. Abandoned office.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

16. Refugee resting under canopy in brickyard. Many refugees have set up camp in the woods just beyond.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

17. Trash everywhere.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

18. Two refugees walking together in the abandoned brickyard outside Subotica, Serbia

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

19. Foodstuffs and personal hygiene products being distributed by a Budapest-based foundation.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

20. Among the refugees are a number of children.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

21. Tibor Varga’s van delivers bread and baked goods donated by local Serbian bakeries to refugees.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

22. On the Hungarian side of the border, Hungarian military vehicles assemble to build the government’s controversial 175-km fence along the border with Serbia.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak

 

23. “Construction area, Unauthorized access forbidden!”.

Photo: Ben Novak
Photo: Ben Novak