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Meet the migrant Afghan boy who uses paintings to cope with harsh conditions

Tuesday March 14, 2017 11:52 PM, News Network

Farhad Nouri

Farhad Nouri, an Afghan boy living in migrants' camp, has been dubbed ‘little Picasso’ by the BBC News.

The ten year-old boy living in Serbian Camp is using art and painting to help him cope with the harsh conditions since the family left Afghanistan a year ago.

Nouri’s drawings include famous portraits of painter Salvador Dali and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

According to the Guardian, up to 8,000 people are stranded in Serbia, with temperatures dropping to -17C at the start of this year. The UN’s refugee agency has called on European governments to do more to help refugees and migrants at risk of dying in the severe cold weather, citing at least five related deaths since January.

Up to 2,000 people, including children as young as eight, sought shelter in the informal camp made up of a cluster of squalid warehouses behind Belgrade’s main train station. Some have been moved to formal camps in recent weeks.

The warehouses have no running water or sanitation, and the refugees and migrants live in derelict conditions, burning everything they can get their hands on to keep warm.

The only meal of the day in the camp is distributed by independent volunteers, but many refuse to eat in protest against the closed borders.

Hundreds of people also sleep in forests and fields waiting for smugglers to take them across the border.

Serbia is not part of the EU but it borders several countries that are, including Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, and has become a key transit point for refugees and migrants seeking to reach western Europe.


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