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(en) Poland, federacja-anarchistyczna: What's on the border after the new year? (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 2 Feb 2023 09:07:31 +0200

The second half of January on the Polish-Belarusian border. The attention of the media ended a long time ago, the authorities bombarded us with assurances about the effectiveness of the border barrier. Of course, despite all this, people are still trying to get to a place where they can be safe and lead a normal life. No wall or violence from the services will stop them from doing so. Therefore, we are still in Podlasie and we carry out aid activities here. ---- Recent weeks have indeed seen a smaller number of attempts to cross the border, but sometimes, in the last 17 months, this number has fallen, only to suddenly soar again. There are fewer people, but they are still here. ---- Recently, we have received news of more bodies found at the border. Last night we met three people in the forest - three young men from Sudan. When we found them, they were soaked, cold and hungry. At the moment, there is no frost in Podlasie, but the nights are cold and very humid - such weather is even more burdensome than minus temperatures. After spending a few hours in the forest, even in good clothes, you are cold, moisture penetrates through the layers of clothes. They had been in the forest for several days.
It was very dark, we could barely see them. One of the men lay motionless. His traveling companions called out to him, but he did not respond. The fear that accompanies each of the people helping at the border flashed through our minds. We walked over and shook his arm. Once. Second. After a moment, of course, what seemed like a long time to us, he opened his eyes. He spoke very quietly and it was obvious that he was exhausted. He had a damaged knee - probably as a result of a border barrier erected for millions of euros. Two of them were not yet adults.
They've been trying for two months, been beaten and robbed, pushed back several times. They had no contact with the outside world, both phones were damaged by Polish border guards - a well-known way of destroying charging sockets. We bandaged the knee, gave them warm soup and tea. We helped change into dry clothes. Their journey continues, they are still alive. Despite the fact that the border guards did everything to deprive them of life and hope.
There are still people in the forest. They will be there forever, until the countries of the Global North change their policies and ensure the right of free movement. The determination of people fleeing war and poverty is much stronger than walls, sprained knees, frostbite and the risk of death.
We cannot forget it. We can't pretend we don't see it.
Talk about it, write about it. Support people and groups helping at the border. Let's demand this system change together.

No Borders Team

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