US News Poland-Belarus: Bohoniki, a Tatar Village Witness Migrants Drama
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© Kacper Pempel / Reuters a vehicle circulates near a fence built by Polish soldiers on the border between Poland and Belarus near the Village of Nomiki, Poland, August 26, 2021. Photo Stock Illustration. An NATO manager denounces the use of migrants by the Belarusian regime, accused of deliberately encouraging the illegal entry of foreigners in Poland in particular, in response to the penalties that the European Union imposed on Minsk for violations of human rights.
"The situation is a shame for both migrants and for our Polish border soldiers," says the head of the village Tatar community. View on Euronews
Bohoniki Muslim cemetery is a Tatar village located in eastern Poland, where a large Muslim community lives. This little village, usually calm, is located near the border with the Belarus, at the level of the position of Kuznica-Bruzgi. Its inhabitants have become witnesses and for some actors of the migratory crisis that has been played since the end of the summer.
Volunteers help migrants by distributing food and clothing. But hot meals are also offered to Polish security forces at the border.
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migrants and soldiers at the border, "We try to help both sides"
"_It is terrifying all the suffering of these people, all these young children who are suffering, who cry, it's terrible. At the same time, Ashabitants from this region, we feel safe, as long as the military keeps borders, and they are also exhausted. We are trying to help both sides, because the situation is a shame at a time For migrants and for our soldiers, "explain Maciej Szczesnowicz, head of the Tatare community in Bohoniki.
Beyond the Material help, the TATARE community organized last Monday for the first time in the village the funeral of one of the dead migrants trying to cross the border. Residents were present as well as Syrians long-established in Poland, like Fidal Hassan.
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Ahmad Al Hassan, a 19-year-old migrant, was buried at Bohoniki
"What is happening right now is a tragedy. __I must be possible to talk to each other between countries, they must find an agreement in a way or another! Let them return them to their country, or bring them here, or something else. But we must stop around them between these two situations. It's impossible to leave them on the border! What will be the next step ? It's just a massacre, "he says.
Ahmad Al Hassan was 19 years old. He was dead a month ago in a river near the border. There would have been pushed by Belarusian soldiers. Since the beginning of the crisis, at least ten migrants have lost their lives on this side of the border. The villagers who buried Ahmad fear that others do not follow this path to their cemetery.
"In the east of Poland, near the Belarusian border, many inhabitants do not want to be allowed to enter migrants in the territory. But for many others, as here in Bohoniki, compassion and the Humanity must have the top in relation to political calculations, for all those who risk their lives in order to find a better ", concludes our reporter on Valerie Gaitiat.
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