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12 November 2021, 17:38

Refugee from border camp: ‘There's no way back for me, I gave everything to get to Europe'

GRODNO, 12 November (BelTA) - For many refugees, there is no way back, they have nothing left in their homeland, one of the refugees trapped on the Polish border told journalists, BelTA has learned.

A large group of refugees heading to the Belarusian-Polish border was spotted near the Bruzgi checkpoint on 8 November. Foreigners, mostly Iraqi Kurds, did not manage to get into Poland. They set up a camp on the borderline. Conditions in the camp are far from being adequate: people are suffering from cold, they lack water and food.

"We're not going back. For us, there is simply no other way but to get to Europe. I gave everything I had for this opportunity," one of the refugees said. According to him, in order to get to the EU borders, he had to sell all the property he had.

"In Iraqi Kurdistan, I could not find a job for a long time. As a result, I opened a small cafe. But with the onset of the coronavirus, things went badly, the state did not help me. I went broke," the man said. He recalled that the EU countries invited the Kurds a few years ago, and he does not understand what has changed now, why he and those who are stuck in the camp with him are not allowed across the border. In Europe, the man has friends, relatives. He is sure that he will have a better life there.

Now there are more than 3,000 people in the camp. About 500 of them are children. Many of them get sick because of the cold and harsh conditions.

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