The temporary tent town in Prague’s Troja started its operation on Saturday afternoon. The first families arrived there. After 3 pm, three dozen people, mostly children, stayed there.
In the last few days, refugees of mostly Roma origin have camped in undignified conditions in the premises of the main railway station in Prague. These are mainly people waiting to be granted war refugee status. Police officers are checking that, in addition to Ukrainian citizenship, they do not have the citizenship of another EU state, especially Hungary.
The first bus brought two families, a total of 16 people, to a tent town near the university dormitories in Troja. Other people arrived after the basic administration.
At least some privacy
Shortly before three o’clock in the afternoon, the city bus of the Prague transport company arrives at the complex. The place of the line number and finally the stop is marked as “We stand behind Ukraine”.
After the stop, the coordinator of one of the Roma organizations helping the Roma fleeing the war in Ukraine is the first to appear.
Photo: Michaela Rambousková, Connexionblog
Children of various ages jump behind him. Some carry a backpack, some even a blanket or a soft toy. But some children come empty-handed. A ten-year-old boy in low shoes is just shyly standing next to his siblings. A skinny girl with a red flower in her hair carefully waves to photographers standing in front of a gate.
Even adults don’t have much luggage. Like the other newcomers from Ukraine, they grabbed only one or two bags or a suitcase. With them, after a few steps, they fall behind the gate, temporarily wrapped in black foil, so that the tent town remains as protected as possible from the eyes of those who have nothing to do in it.
Arrival of Roma refugees from the main railway station to the tent town in Troja.Video: Michaela Rambousková, List News
“Are we all? Where’s the kid? ”The coordinator growls as he quickly tries to count the group he’s brought. A little girl in a yellow sweater accidentally tangled between photographers and cameramen. The coordinator takes her to her mother.
Photographers can’t go on. Prague makes sure that refugees who can stay in a tent city for up to 30 days have as much privacy as possible.
Inside with them will be only volunteers from Roma organizations that help Prague with the operation. “They’ll make sure the people settle here. They will also help to ensure free time for children here, “said Romodrom director Nikola Taragoš, who helped with the organization on the spot.
The town will be open from 6 am to 10 pm, outside this time it will not be possible to leave it. State and city police officers will oversee security in the area.
People staying in it will also have open tents, where it will be possible to spend a hot day. In addition, the town has sanitary facilities or a kitchen.
Accommodation is ready for 150 people. Vít Hofman, a spokesman for the Prague City Hall, could not say how many of them would stay there on the first day. “It will depend on the number of visitors to the KACPU, the interest in accommodation in the tent town and the capacity of the fire brigade,” the List of News wrote. Individual arrival in the town is not possible. People waiting to lustrate their nationality can only be sent there from KACPU.