Children from Michałów, taken by the Border Guard to the border with Belarus on September 27, could have been filmed a few days ago. A recording made probably in recent days, probably on the Belarusian side of the border, has appeared on the Internet. – We were able to identify with almost 100% certainty three girls who are almost identically dressed as in the photos from Michałów – said TVN24 reporter Paweł Szot. He added that there appears to be probably a very young child in this group as well.
On September 27, over 20 migrants, including women and eight children, were sent to the Border Guard post in Michałów in Podlasie. They were people from Iraq and Turkish Kurds. The Border Guard informed that the border guards “returned these people to the border line with Belarus, ie the state where they are legally residing”.
Last weekend, a video appeared on the Internet showing a group of several dozen migrants wandering on the Belarusian side, very close to the border with Poland. As reported by TVN24 reporter Paweł Szot, the recording from the borderland is so clear that we can assume that we see children from Michałów, whose photos have spread all over Poland.
Szot added that these were photos taken by migrants on Saturday. Murad Ismael from the Sinjar Academy, an organization that cares about education in one of the provinces of Iraq, posted them on Twitter. – We know about a group of over 70 people. Apart from Yazidis, this group also includes Kurds and Syrians. It is supposed to travel abroad on the Belarusian side – said the reporter on Monday in “Fakty po Południu”. – We were able to identify with almost 100% certainty three girls who are almost identically dressed as in the photos from Michałów. It seems that this group probably also includes a very small, perhaps two-year-old child in a characteristic puppet. This is how it was dressed in the photos from Michałów. Now she is dressed differently in the photos, but it could have been disguised. We are not 100% sure in his case, because his face is not visible – said Szot, describing the recording.
Border Guard on children from Michałów
In a press release published on October 1, the Border Guard informed that on September 27 “officers from the Border Guard post in Michałów found a group of Iraqi citizens in the border zone who had 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”.
One of the migrants in Michałów: we want to stay in Poland
One of the recordings from the border guards station in Michałów contradicts 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.
Main photo source: Murad Ismael Sinjar Academy, Agnieszka Sadowska / Agencja Gazeta