VELIKA KLADUSA, Bosnia, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - Several hundredAfghan migrants, including women, children and a seven-day-old baby, settled in a makeshift tent camp near the with Croatia, determined to continue their journey to the European Union despite pushbacks and deportations .
"I don't want to go back to my country ever again " said a man who identified himself as John, a former driver of NATO in Afghanistan before its Western-backed government fell to Taliban Islamist militants in August after a 20-year conflict. He said he wanted a better life for his seven-month-old child.
Thousands of migrants from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa has been stranded in Bosnia since 2018, when EU countries, including Croatia, tightened their s.
Migrants repeatedly try to cross the front linethey are in what they call "the game " but most are sent back to Bosnia by the Croatian police.
"The Croatian police - a problem, "said a man, showing his arm in a cast. His friend Rustam, 18, said they were both beaten by Croatian police when they tried to cross the rural last week.
" They took my shoes and everything, beat me a lot, sent me back to Bosnia, "said Rustam. "I walked 25 kilometers without shoes.
Last week Croatia admitted that its police were involved in a violent push-back of migrants on the with Bosnia, following reports from several European media and a call from the European executive for an investigation. learn more
The Danishrefugee Council, which monitors s as part of its humanitarian health and protection programs in Bosnia, records 30,309 refoulements of migrants from Croatia from June 2019 to September 2021.
"From the beginning of this year until now, we have seen (approximately) 7,200 cases of pushbacks, 25% of them , we know ... as excessive use of violence "said Hector Carpintero, the director of the DRC in Bosnia.
Scattered in Across a muddy field on the outskirts of the town of Velika Kladusa in northwestern Bosnia, makeshift tents offer little protection from the cold and autumn rain.
But Afghan couple Farid and Adela have said they hope they will eventually arrive on EU soil with their seven-day-old baby.
"It is absIt is relatively impossible to live next to the people who are living in such a situation and not to sympathize with them, "said Zehida Bihorac Odobasic, a local teacher who visits migrants on a daily basis bringing the supplies they need. Report by Daria Sito-Sucic E diting by Mark Heinrich
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