For over a month, more and more refugees coming from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and many other crisis-hit areas or from regions where they are persecuted have been trying to cross the Polish-Belarusian border.
As a result of the activities of NGOs and independent activists trying to help legal and illegalized refugees, Poland imposed a state of emergency on the border with Belarus. This state of emergency makes any humanitarian activity impossible due to the actions of the army, police and border guards. As a result, people in the forests suffer from extreme hypothermia and hunger, they need immediate medical assistance.
Both Polish and Belarusian border guards carry out illegal push-backs – they bring apprehended people back to the border and force them to cross the border.
To date, 5 people have already lost their lives, or perhaps it would be better to write – they were left to die. . .
Lukashenko, on Putin’s leash, uses people as ammunition for his political blackmail and further destabilization of the situation in Europe. While right-wing ruled Poland looks the other way, the EU pays money for the inhumane practice at the border.
Despite state repression, there are still NGOs and activists in the immediate vicinity of the border, trying to offer first aid to the affected people.
The situation is critical, and as the weather worsens, more and more victims are to be expected – so let’s not kid ourselves that politics will change anything – LET’S ACT!
We’re collecting the essentials that will be transported to the border in the near future:
Charged powerbanks, empty unlocked phones, warm sleeping bags, NEW winter socks / scarves / hats / gloves, winter clothing, ibuprofen, vitamins, anti-diarrhea medications, heat lamps, high calorie foods with long expiration dates, camping stoves with gas cartridges, water filters, emergency blankets, small tents….
Please donate only fully functioning items!
Monetary donations are also accepted – we will use these for travel expenses, the rest will go directly to the NGOs on the ground.
COLLECTION SITES (until the end of October)
- Info-Kiosk Tante Emma / Georg-Schwarz-Str. Wed 17-20
- Baba Handmade Cafe / Georg-Schwarz-Str. 9. Mon-Fri 9-17
- Pöge-Haus / Hedwigstr. 20. ring the bell!
- Gleiserei / Eisenbahnstr. 150. ring !
- Malobeo / Kamenzer Straße 38 / Tuesday 4-7 p.m. and Wednesday 6-7 p.m.
DONATION (until end of October)
Account holder: UGMR
IBAN: DE57 4306 0967 1216 4248 00
GLS COMMUNITY BANK EG
Purpose: Spende COLLECTION TRIBU.X