A group of 32 migrants from Afghanistan have been left trapped between the Belarus-Poland borders for two weeks now because the Polish authorities do not allow them to enter the country’s territory, and the Belarusian authorities refuse to allow them to return.
As such, Poland holds Belarus responsible for trapping migrants between the borders and creating a humanitarian crisis by calling this game a dirty game played by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, TheSchengen.com reports.
In order to keep everything under control, Poland deployed hundreds of soldiers to the border, while about 100 more were sent to Afghanistan to help Afghans who worked in Polish missions.
Regarding this situation, the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, said that he sympathizes with the migrants while noting that they are using them as a tool by Lukashenko to create turmoil in Europe.
In response to the current situation of the migrants, the NGO Fundacja Ocalenie, which translates as the Rescue Foundation, has sent several activists to the border near the village of Usnarz Górny. As part of their activism, members of the Foundation provided the migrants with necessary supplies such as sleeping bags, food, and tents.
The people involved in this procedure described the situation as obscene and inhuman while stressing that in line with Poland’s law, every immigrant has the right to apply for legal protection.
In addition, the Foundation continues its activity in social media, calling for the fight against such grievances.
“During the last contact with a group of female refugees, we discovered that one of them was suffering from acute lung pain,” the Rescue Foundation said.
With the exception of Poland, a similar situation prevailed in Lithuania. After the state declared a state of emergency due to the high number of migrants arriving in it via Belarus, the state decided to build a barrier with the aim of preventing migrants from entering the country illegally.
The decision to create such a barrier was confirmed by the Prime Minister of Lithuania herself, who confirmed that more than 1,000 migrants who tried to enter the Baltic state were located on the common border between Lithuania and Belarus.
Illegal travel to the aforementioned countries as well as to Latvia has been very prevalent since the European Union decided to enact sanctions against Lukashenko in response to the escalation of massive human rights violations.
Previously, in order to help Lithuania and Latvia to control the border with Belarus, Frontex decided to deploy border guards teams in both countries.