Thousands of people are now stranded on the border between Poland and Belarus as the humanitarian crisis deepens there. The migrants — most of whom are from the Middle East and Asia — are trying to illegally enter Poland, and many now live in a Belarusian forest, enduring sub-zero temperatures at night. Some have died from exposure. The Red Cross is offering help, but the situation can only get worse. Belarusian state border officials estimate that the number of people living in the border area could increase to 5,000 within a week. The US and EU are preparing to impose new sanctions on Belarus, whose leader Alexander Lukashenko is accused of triggering the crisis by encouraging migrants to cross Belarus’ EU neighbors.