CLOSEDE SOKOLKA, Poland, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - Mohammed, a 26-year-old Yemeni migrant, flew to Belarus from Malaysia in August in the hope of reaching Poland and Western Europe.
He spent two weeks in a forest near the Polish in October, where he says he was forced to cross the 11 times by the Poles or Belarusian guards, had most of his belongings stolen and was cold, thirsty and hungry with only leaves to eat.
During his last meeting with the Polish authorities, he told Hfrance.fr that he begged it all to end.
"When we reached the 'Polish army, I asked: "Please kill me here now. I don't want to go back to Belarus '.
Mohammed refused to share his last name for fear of being identifiedby the Polish authorities.
Four hours after speaking with Hfrance.fr in the humid and icy forest on Monday evening, he was picked up by a smuggler and taken to Germany, he said in a text message.
A former travel agent, Mohammed is among thousands of people from the Middle East, from Africa and Afghanistan, including children, who have tried to enter Poland from Belarus in recent weeks. Charities say they face dire conditions on the between the two countries.
Asked about Mohammed's account of his experiences, and on allegations of violence and migrant violence more generally, Belarusian officials did not immediately respond.
Asked about his deion of what happened, a spokesperson for the guardsThe Polish said that in general, the staff provide medical assistance to all those in need, including resuscitation or access to paramedics, and that they accept requests for international protection.
United Nations High Commissioner C Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Poland is breaking international law in its efforts to push migrants back to Belarus instead of offering them asylum.
Poland says it is meeting its international obligations while trying to stem the flow of migrants who , he said, often do not want asylum in Poland but in Western Europe.
The Executive of the European Union accuses Belarus for deliberately orchestrating the flow to put pressure on the EU in retaliation for the sanctions imposed on Minsk for human rights violations.
Belarusian At the end of September, President Alexander Lukashenko called the situation at the a "humanitarian disaster ".
The EU has also criticized Poland for its treatment of migrants.
Under EU rules, migrants must in principle apply for asylum in the first country they enter, but the 27 members bloc is planning far-reaching reforms to ensure a more equitable distribution of asylum obligations.
The spokesman for the Polish guards said that 'it "operated only under the auspices of Polish law.
An order of the Polish Ministry of the Interior facilitated the transport of migrants without the proper papers to stay in Poland towards the .
The Polish parliament is also debating an updater rules on migration which critics say could enshrine push-backs into law.
The Polish Interior Ministry and the official government spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Hfrance.fr on the accusations of illegal refoulements.
CROSS THE BORDER AGAIN AND AGAIN
Mohammed, hands shaking as he described his ordeal, said he witnessed Belarusian guards beat his companion so hard that his leg was broken.
After the group of migrants crossed the into Poland, carrying Mohammed's companion, Polish guards refused to take him to a hospital , healing the wound themselves.
Polish guards broke the group's SIM cards and dropped them off at the Belarusian themselves, Mohammed said.
The group then lost contact with their injured companion after Belarusian authorities forced them to return to Poland.
The Polish authorities say that more than 15,000 attempts to cross the have been made since the beginning of August, mainly by Iraqi, Afghan and Syrian citizens. The attempts are more and more frequent, exceeding 500 per day in recent weeks.
"The idea is that if you complicate the entry into EU territory where they can apply for protection and you repeatedly throw them out, now with the frequent risk of death, which they will eventually abandon and return to their country ”, said Piotr Bystrianin, a senior official of the Polish charitable foundation Ocalenie.
The association has a small wooden houses in the forest near the where Bystrianin and his colleagues are preparing humanitarian aid for the migrants.
They are stacking bags of protein bars, bottles of water, thermos of hot and sweet soup and tea, and bags of hot clothes in a car.
The migrants send them a cell phone ping on a special number so they can get to that location.
The association uses special red headlights on its cars to avoid detection by patrols, which circulate at night in search of smugglers or migrants' cars.
Zainab Ahmad, 25, a Syrian migrant, who lived in Beirut before coming to Po through Belarus, said she applied for asylum as soon as she came into contact with a guardin Poland.
"They say OK, we will take you to a village. You will get [asylum] there. But they have us taken to the Belarusian "Ahmad told Hfrance.fr at an open center for migrants in Bialystok, eastern Poland.
"And when I said, 'Sir, did you lie to me? Did you trick me into bringing us here? ', They said 'no, it ' s 22 km. You are walking. 'They have done this several times. "
The Polish guards did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Zainab's testimony.
For several days, she claimed to have been pushed back and forth across the Polish or Belarusian by guards four times. She had spent almost a week without food or water, fleeing wild boars in the forest in the cold when she had herrules.
The next time she approached the , she had a plan.
She told the guards that she was bleeding because she was having a miscarriage and needed immediate medical help. It was only then that she managed to get into a Polish hospital and then finally into an open center for migrants, she said.
"All I wanted was to get in a car and sit somewhere, not in the mud or the woods, just to have some warmth and a roof over my head "she said. Reporting by Joanna Plucinska and Kacper Pempel; Additional reporting by Pavel Polityuk in Kiev; Edited by Jane Merriman and Mike Collett-White
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