It’s bitterly cold in the western Romanian city of Timisoara, but this is a minor irritant for one happy group of visitors who’ve become accustomed to a life filled with sandstorms, soaring heat, dangerous creepy crawlies and numbing boredom over the past four years.

“I do not mind the winter or the cold. We are staying in proper buildings and the rooms are warm,” said 17-year-old Hamid,* one of 138 Sudanese refugees brought to the special Evacuation Transit Centre [ETC] in Timisoara on Tuesday after a long journey from their tented camp on Iraq’s border with Jordan.

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