Refugees denied entry to Poland ‘surviving on grass and leaves’ at Belarus border

Poland’s government accuses Belarus of ‘weaponising’ migrants against its EU neighbours, but lawyers tell William Nattrass the refugees - including dozens of Afghans - are now stranded in ‘extremely inhumane conditions’

Tuesday 24 August 2021 17:47
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<p>Migrants believed to be from Afghanistan sit at the border between Belarus and Poland near the village of Usnarz Gorny on 20 August 2021</p>

Migrants believed to be from Afghanistan sit at the border between Belarus and Poland near the village of Usnarz Gorny on 20 August 2021

Polish lawyers have banded together to represent a group of Afghan migrants facing horrific conditions while stranded on the country’s border with Belarus.

Belarus stands accused of pushing migrants and refugees from war-torn countries in the Middle East, including Afghans, towards its borders with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia over recent weeks.

With increasing numbers seeing the route as a gateway to the EU, concerns are mounting about the humanitarian situation facing those trying to enter the bloc from the east, who have been stranded in strips of no-man’s land for weeks on end.

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