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Rigonce, Slovenia

sunny 45 °F

Directly on the border with Croatia. The situation here is very controlled. The police in full riot gear are backed up by a strong military presence. Soldiers carrying assualt rifles with full magazines. Unable to move freely about the camp and taking photo's is definitely out of the question. There was some kind of major disturbance here two days ago. The police are convinced is was caused by someone with a GoPro camera who got inside the camp and was filming. I'm told it's now available on Vimeo. I've witnessed real tension between Afghan's and Arabs in all the camps. This one's no exception. The cutural differences between the two are great. Resentment of 'lower class' Afghan's is palpable amongst the more educated middle class Arab population and fights break out several times and day. When they do we try and get the women and children out of the way while the police use heavy handed tactics. When I entered the camp this morning the water canon at the main entrance gave me a sense of just how the Slovenian police handle things

Teamed up with a Hungarian relief agency here today. Were very successful in handing out literally tons of food stuffs, and blankets to the couple thousand that arrived by train from Croatia. Can't help but feel I'd be of so much greater asistance if could speak Arabic, Farsi, or Pashto and even more so if I could speak one AND was a trained EMT. The need for both translators and doctors is never ending. We're constantly having to run from inside the camp out to find one or the other to help those needing medical assistance. Saw several women today who I'd guess were easily in their 80's being helped along by devoted family members. I'm told a few days ago, a TV news team interviewed an Afghan woman at the last camp I was at who claimed to be over 100 years old.

Posted by Coulter Adams 12:48 Archived in Slovenia

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Good going Coulter.

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