His hands trembling with fear and fatigue, 19-year-old Iraqi Hadi prepared to spend a cold night in the forest in southeast Poland just after crossing the EU border from Belarus
Chelm, Poland, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 30th Sep, 2021 ) :His hands trembling with fear and fatigue, 19-year-old Iraqi Hadi prepared to spend a cold night in the forest in southeast Poland just after crossing the EU border from Belarus.
Speaking to AFP on Thursday a few kilometres into Poland, the teenager said he was making the journey for a third time after twice being sent back into Belarus by Polish border guards in recent weeks.
“They pushed us back and said: ‘Don’t come back here. Go back to Belarus!” said Hadi, who wore a pink hat with the word “LOVED” on it.
Hadi, who refused to give his surname for fear of reprisal, spoke alongside two Iraqi friends, Ali and Ameer, who made the journey with him.
Ali wore a multi-coloured bandana and had tattoos on his neck, Ameer had on a glittery baseball cap.
“A few months after the protests, they started to threaten us,” Hadi said, adding that he had “lived for a whole year in hiding” in Iraq.
Stuck between Polish guards on one side and Belarusians on the other, many migrants have found themselves mired in a tragic back-and-forth through forests.
Five have died so far.
EU Commissioner Johansson has said the proposed legislation raises “several question marks”.
She has also called for “transparency in protecting the external borders of the EU” and said it was important that EU laws should be respected.
They were found by representatives of the human rights group Homo Faber after a long drive on a bumpy forest road and a walk by torchlight.
“International protection!” Anna Dabrowska and Piotr Skrzypczak shouted as they looked for the migrants on foot carrying food and clothes, pausing to check the location on their phones.
After finding the three, Dabrowska’s first words were: “We’re not from police. Don’t worry!” Skrzypczak told them: “You are in Poland!” The campaigners also brought legal assistance, offering to make an application directly to the European Court of Human Rights on the migrants’ behalf in order to be able to stay in Poland.
Asked how many she had been able to assist, Dabrowska said it was “difficult to give a number since often it is the same people who are trying again and again to cross over”.