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Children from Michałów. What happened to them? Report of the TVN24 reporter

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Murad Ismael, a Yazidi activist monitoring the situation of migrants on the Polish-Belarusian border, said on social media that three children from the group of nomadic migrants are safe. These are most likely the children who stayed in Michałów at the end of September and for whom the Border Guard applied the push back procedure and put them on the border with Belarus.


Murad Ismael from the Sinjar Academy, an organization that cares about education in one of the provinces of Iraq, posted an entry on social media on Saturday in which he updated information on the group of over 70 migrants, including Yazidis, Kurds and Syrians who stayed on the Polish-Belarusian border.

He reported that “at least 12 of this group of Yazidis, including three children, are safe.” “They told me that at least 700 people are left in the woods,” we read later in the Twitter post. The information was also provided by the TVN24 reporter, Paweł Szot.

Twitter / https: //twitter.com/SzotPawel/status/1449434949749284867

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The three mentioned children are most likely children from the group of migrants staying in Michałów at the end of September, for whom the Border Guard applied the push back procedure and took them back to the border with Belarus. In total, eight children were supposed to stay in Michałów at the end of September.

Border Guard on children from Michałów

The Border Guard in a press release published on October 1 informed that on September 27 “officers from the Border Guard post in Michałów found in the border zone a group of Iraqi citizens who illegally crossed the state border”. “Due to the fact that this group included children, the officers decided to transport these people to the Border Guard Post in Michałów to verify the legality and purpose of their stay in our country” – we read.

As reported by the Border Guard, “Iraqi citizens, including children, received drinks and food from Border Guard officers.” It added that “none of these people needed medical help and reported that they expected such help.”

“Border Guard officers informed foreigners about the possibility of submitting an application for international aid, but the children’s parents refused to submit such an application in Poland. These persons were only interested in submitting an application for international assistance in Germany” – the Border Guard said in a statement.

It added that “in connection with the above situation, the Border Guard officers returned these people to the border line with Belarus, ie the country where they are legally residing”.

On October 7, at a press conference, deputy prime minister for security and PiS president Jarosław Kaczyński was asked about the fate of the children from Michałów. – They were simply transported back to Belarus in some safe place with their parents. Certainly they will not be in any danger because of this, ‘he replied.

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One of the migrants in Michałów: we want to stay in Poland

One of the recordings from the border guards station in Michałów is in contradiction to what the Border Guard said. You can hear a refugee shouting in a foreign language: – Poland asylum, asylum Poland. There is no asylum. Belarus, Belarus beats a man. He picks up the money and goes back to Poland. We want asylum. We want to stay in Poland. Asylum – Poland. Citizen – Poland.

Migrant in Michałów: we want to stay in Polandvotcza.pl

A state of emergency has been in force since September 2 in the border zone with Belarus (in 183 towns of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodeships). It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. On September 30, the Seym agreed to extend the state of emergency for another 60 days.

Journalists who, due to the state of emergency, are not allowed to enter the border zone, have been trying for several weeks to find out what happened to the group of migrants, including women and children, who stayed in Michałów.

Therefore, they are forced to rely on official information provided by border guards and government officials.

Main photo source: TVN24

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