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Refugee camp burned down as Bosnia struggles to house migrants

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A camp that housed 1,300 migrants in northwestern Bosnia is destroyed by a fire probably set by its occupants while the local authorities were arguing over the solution to shelter this group during the winter.

Added on the 23/12/2020 21:07:53 - Copyright : AFP EN

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