PRAGUE OPENS FIRST REFUGEE CAMP FOR UKRAINIANS FLEEING WAR Contributed by dpa - 14th May 2022 As refugee facilities in the Czech capital have become exhausted with no sign of the exodus from the war in Ukraine slowing down, authorities in the Czech Republic opened a tented camp in Prague on Saturday. The facility in the Czech capital's Troja district can accommodate 150 people at present, and has been opened in an attempt to ease the crowding at the city's main railway station. Aid organizations have for days bemoaned the undignified conditions in which refugees find themselves as they are forced to sleep in the corridors of the station for lack of somewhere else to go. Many members of the Ukraine's Roma population in particular are currently staying there, with photos of children forced to sleep on the floor making it into newspapers. Prague mayor Zdenek Hrib has issued an ultimatum to the Czech government, threatening to close down Prague's refugee reception centre unless a plan to redistribute refugees within the Czech Republic was received by Tuesday. In terms of population, there are four times as many Ukrainians in the capital as in some other regions of the country. Over 341,000 refugees from Ukraine, the majority of whom are women and children, have been granted Czech residence permits since the Russian invasion began in late February.