géographe & citoyenne engagée
Février 2019 :
Fortress Europe continues to take lives. This week, a young man’s body was found in #Istria (▻https://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/u-gustoj-sumi-kod-istre-pronadjen-mrtvi-migrant/2062081.aspx), in the inaccessible forest area of #Vodni_dol. It was determined that he died due to freezing (▻http://hr.n1info.com/Vijesti/a368976/Mladi-migrant-smrznuo-se-do-smrti-na-Cicariji.html). The search went off after the police in Žejane met an individual of Sudanese origin who pointed to the man in need of help. The Sudanese got charged for the offense of illegal border crossing, but it is not known whether he was granted access to asylum. In #Velika_Kladuša, a 33-year-old Algerian (▻http://www.federalna.ba/bhs/vijest/264429 was killed in a car crash. According to the testimonies of a friend who was with him, the driver left the car and escaped. What is further concerning, according to his claim, is that the Miral staff did not want to call for help and potentially save the life of an injured man.
Message reçu par email, le 11.02.2019.
En fait, des quelques recherches effectuées, le premier décès a eu lieu en Istrie... or, des informations reçues, je n’arrive pas à comprendre dans quel pays : Croatie ? Slovénie ?
Message de la personne auprès de qui j’ai reçu l’information :
As for the humans, whose lives were lost, you were right. The first man was found in Istria, the region of Croatia. And the second one was killed in Velika Kladusa in Bosnia.
Border Violence Monitoring reported that a young Algerian man died in the Croatian forest. Two weeks ago, specifically on 31 March, Oussama died during “the game” in Croatia, while the rest of the group he was travelling with was detained for nearly two weeks. They have been then pushed back on 11 April. Croatian Mountain Rescue Service published the news on 31 March (▻http://www.gss.hr/novosti/iz-70-metara-duboke-jame-izvuceno-bezivotno-tijelo-muskarca), but from their text, it wasn’t specified or known that the body found was actually from a person on the move. A day later, Croatian media (▻https://www.tportal.hr/vijesti/clanak/poginuli-muskarac-iz-kraske-jame-kod-vrhovina-najvjerojatnije-alzirac-201904) reported on it, without putting the tragic death in any context: in fact, as you can read from the testimony published by BVM (▻https://www.borderviolence.eu/violence-reports/march-30-2019-0000-20km-east-from-otocac-at-the-north-west-end-of-the), “At 3 am in the night, the group saw a light and assumed that it was the police. They ran away and suddenly heard Oussama screaming when he fell into the hole where he died. After that, 2 of the group walked around 14 km to the next village, where they explained their situation to a Croatian woman around 12 am. She called the police that arrived 20 minutes later. As an excuse, the police told them that they had to wait for a train to pass at an intersection. The Police also ordered a forest-guide to come. The group witnessed the forest-guide taking preparations to recover the dead body (9 hours after death)”. After witnessing the horrible death of their companion on the road, they experienced limitation of freedom of movement, deprivation of personal goods like mobile phones, humiliation, denial of access to the asylum procedure, even if clearly expressed their will to seek asylum in the country. Moreover, they had to sign papers in the local language, thus not being able to understand it nor the presence of a translator or lawyer have been provided.
Reçu via la mailing-list Inicijativa Dobrodošli, le 24.04.2019