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• St. James
• Park Street
• PriceSmart Chaguanas
• PriceSmart La Romain
• Brentwood Gas Station - Chaguanas
Pictured above: Mr. Darryl White, Managing Director RBC Royal Bank (Trinidad and Tobago)
looks on as Mr. Jwala Rambarran, Governor of the Central Bank, withdraws one of the new
TT$50 polymer notes from RBC s Park Street branch ATM.
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RBC ATMs are the rst to dispense the new TT$50 polymer note!
er Asina Ansari stood ankle-deep in
mud on the border between Serbia
and Croatia, clutching her feverish
and shivering two-year-old son
Mohtar in a blanket.
Their dream is to reach Sweden,
where she has an uncle. But as the
teacher from Kabul stood in a cornfield
with hundreds of other asylum-seekers
waiting for hot soup, that dream seemed
"I just want to get somewhere dry
and warm," she said feebly. "My boy
The journey for Ansari and thousands
of asylum-seekers hoping to find sanc-
tuary in rich European Union nations
took a turn for the worse this week.
The onset of fall weather in the Balkans
sent temperatures plummeting and
brought relentless rain and biting winds.
The weather spread despair among
people on long and perilous journeys
from war and poverty in the Middle
East, Africa and Asia. Aid workers help
the exhausted and the frightened, many
with small children, like Ansari s boy.
The situation will get worse. Tem-
peratures can drop below freezing as
soon as November.
"The refugees are not used to this,"
said Davor Rako of the UN refugee
agency. "They arrive here wearing shorts
and no socks, shaking with cold."
Refugees from countries such as
Syria, Iraq and Eritrea are used to
warmth without sudden weather shifts.
The majority passing through the Balka-
ns started their months-long journeys
in the summer, unaware it would take
so long to reach Western Europe.
Many have travelled from Turkey to
Greece, and then set off on foot, walking
north to Macedonia and Serbia. Those
with children, in particular, have needed
Several aid and medical groups were
helping this week at Serbia s border
with Croatia, offering hot soup and tea,
food and water. Volunteers handed out
rain ponchos and blankets.
More than 87,000 people have
entered Croatia from Serbia in the past
two weeks, and the flow is not expected
to wane, part of a human wave of more
than 500,000 so far this year. There
are volunteers and aid groups, but they
can only do so much.
Just a few hours spent near the border
where migrants were crossing offered
a searing snapshot of misery. As they
lined up for warm drinks and food, the
asylum-seekers blinked in the rain or
kept their heads low. Some carried
infants on one arm and plastic bags of
belongings on the other.
Syed Ghadeer, a 16-year-old who
travelled from Afghanistan, rolled up
his trousers to the knees to avoid the
mud, treading carefully on his tiptoes.
"There is not so much rain in
Afghanistan," he said.
A pregnant woman shivered with
fever, covering her round belly with her
hands and pushing through the crowd
to reach a tent with doctors offering
help. Children were crying, the tears
on their faces mixing with raindrops
on their cheeks. Those that cried the
hardest had accidentally dropped their
stuffed animals in the mud. They had
to leave them behind, now too dirty to
be carried on. (AP)
First wave of
cold weather hits
A group of migrants head to cross a border line between Serbia and Croatia, near the village of Berkasovo, 100 km
west from Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday. Asylum seekers are slogging through rain and mud-caked roads in Croatia, as
autumnal conditions worsen on their journeys to seek sanctuary in richer European countries. AP PHOTO
Migrants gather behind a police barricade while waiting, hoping to get in to a bus
near the train station in Tovarnik, Croatia, September 20. Croatia said it was
overwhelmed by the influx of thousands of people in just a few days and would
be sending them to Slovenia and Hungary.
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