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25 November 2021, 10:01

Refugee from Iraqi Kurdistan: We want to get to Germany for the sake of our children

GRODNO, 25 November (BelTA) - Refugees from Iraqi Kurdistan are still determined to go to Germany. “We do not want to return home for security reasons,” a refugee woman that is staying at the temporary accommodation point at the transportation and logistics center near the Belarusian-Polish border told BelTA.

The refugees have been staying on the Belarusian-Polish border for the 18th day already. They spent another night under the roof and in warm at the logistics center.

“Thank you for food and water. We sleep in a warm place. Belarus is great,” one of the refugees said. She, together with her husband and two children aged 5 and 7, hopes to get to Germany.

“We want to do this for our children's future. It is not safe in Iraqi Kurdistan. There is mafia, no order, no work there,” the woman said and showed a video of what is happening in Iraqi Kurdistan on her phone.

“The Polish military scared us much. The gas irritated our eyes and made it hard to breathe,” the woman recalled. She said that children were especially frightened, and repeated her words of gratitude to Belarusians. She said that now they are provided with everything necessary. Soon she and her children are going to take a shower. A mobile bath house was set up the day before near the logistics center. About 300 people - women and children – had baths on the first day.

Refugees receive hot meals and grocery packages every day. Humanitarian aid also includes warm clothes and toys for children. Healthcare workers are on standby 24/7. The flow of patients to them is stable. People complain of colds and other illnesses, caused primarily by spending cold nights under the open sky near the Polish border.

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