Urszula Zielińska, a member of the Civic Coalition, met Pope Francis on Saturday morning. As she informed, she handed him a letter regarding the situation of refugees on the Polish-Belarusian border and photos of children sent to the border by the Polish Border Guard.
On Saturday in Rome, Pope Francis had an audience for the participants of the interparliamentary meeting devoted to the climate, said Urszula Zielińska, MP from KO and Zieloni, in an interview with the Polish Press Agency. – After this meeting, I gave Pope Francis a letter on the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, along with a letter of Families Without Borders, as well as photos of children deported by the Border Guard to the Polish-Belarusian border. The Pope accepted it – said Zielińska.
She also wrote about the case in social media. “In the letter, I recalled that for many weeks the border of the European Union has been crossed by hundreds of refugees in search of security. I noted that the Belarusian regime treats refugees as a living weapon. Nevertheless, our moral duty is to help. Unfortunately, many politicians remain indifferent to this appeal. I informed the Pope. that at least 4 people have died from cold, starvation and lack of basic help and I emphasized that it is impossible to verify the exact number of deceased people due to the state of emergency in the border areas “- wrote the MP on Facebook. She added that the letter sent to “Families without Borders” includes an appeal to anyone who can influence decisions regarding the eastern border and the situation of refugees – it is an appeal for help and support for activities that will prevent the deportation of refugees to the forest and the death of more people.
“Dramatic scenes” in Michałów
Recently, “Gazeta Wyborcza” wrote that “Border Guard officers delivered over 20 people, including eight children, to the Polish-Belarusian border. On Monday, September 27, the group was stuck in front of the Border Guard facility in Michałów. According to “GW”, these were people from Iraq and Turkish Kurds. There were supposed to be “dramatic scenes”. As journalists write, the migrants “sat down on the ground, embraced each other, grabbed their shoulders, hugged the children. They folded their hands as if they were praying. They chanted: ‘Poland!’ With no intention of moving from here.”
The spokeswoman of the Border Guard, Sec. Anna Michalska, asked on Friday on TVN24 about what happened to the families of migrants from Michałów, replied that they had all been given food and drinks and had been returned to the border line in accordance with the ordinance of the minister of the Ministry of Interior and Administration. – None of these families, none of these adults wanted to submit an application for international protection in Poland. Everyone said that they wanted to submit these applications in Germany, this is the country of their target migration – said Michalska.
The state of emergency at the border with Belarus
In recent days, the Border Guard has registered more and more people who are trying to get to Poland from Belarus illegally. Since the beginning of the year, it has recorded 11.5 thousand. attempts to cross the border illegally, of which there were 7,000 in September.
From September 2, due to migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus – in 183 localities in the voivodeship Podlasie and Lublin regions – a state of emergency is in force. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. On Thursday evening, the Seym agreed to extend the state of emergency for 60 days. On Friday (October 1), the president’s decree on this matter was published in the Journal of Laws.
On Friday alone, border guards recorded 553 attempts to illegally cross the border from Belarus to Poland. They detained eight illegal immigrants, including four Iraqi citizens, the Border Guard said on Saturday. There are currently over 1.5 thousand people in all border guard centers. illegal migrants.
Main photo source: Facebook / Urszula Sara Zielińska