1000’s of refugees and migrants attempting to cross into the European Union are stranded alongside the Belarusian border as Poland has denied them entry amid a standoff with Belarus. Fears for his or her security are rising amid freezing circumstances, an absence of important provides and medical care, and a spate of deaths on each side of the border. Nidal Ibrahim, a Syrian refugee stranded on the border, tells Al Jazeera’s Sara Cincurova concerning the struggling he and others have endured. Right here is his story in his personal phrases.
I’m Nidal Ibrahim from Aleppo, I’m 37 years previous, and I’m dying.
Me, my buddy Muhammad and his 4 youngsters got here to the Belarusian border together with different refugees. We hoped that we’d attain Europe, however we at the moment are caught within the forests with out water, consuming from swamps, with none meals. The temperature outdoors is -5 or -7.
I’m solely alive as a result of I even have three youngsters who stayed with my spouse in Turkey. For his or her sake, I have to survive. I really like them and miss them very a lot.
I normally can not sleep due to the chilly and the rain, however once I do, I dream about my spouse and kids and the way we would reside collectively in a protected place. I dream about my youngsters going to high school. However at any second, I can die.
Within the woods, we now have no shelter. My buddy Muhammad’s 4 youngsters are with us. I can not describe the situation they’re in. They’re hungry and so they can not sleep. Both somebody takes pity on us, or we die.
Previous to the struggle in Syria, I used to work as a faculty instructor and a principal of a main college. My spouse and I left Syria after dropping a few of our family. The struggle in Syria destroyed every thing that we dreamt about.
My spouse studied regulation, however the circumstances didn’t permit her to finish her research in Syria. We acquired married and had three youngsters, two women and a boy.
After we first fled Syria, we tried to cross the Turkish border. We stayed on the border for twenty-four days. On October 9, 2014, we lastly entered Turkey.
I stayed in Turkey with my household for a very long time, however my monetary scenario deteriorated after they fired me from work.
I used to be working in agriculture at the moment: I had low wages and far much less work within the winter due to rain and the unhealthy climate. So I made a decision to go to Libya and from Libya throughout the ocean to Europe, however I couldn’t make the crossing due to the armed teams working in Libya.
Then, I heard that the path to Europe would change into open by means of Belarus. I hoped that I’d attain Europe and that my spouse and kids would be a part of me later, to reside a protected and dignified life.
I purchased a visa and a aircraft ticket with a Belarusian firm from a web-based workplace for $800. I used to be instructed it could value me one other $500 to get into Poland. However once I arrived on the Polish border by automotive, my tragedy started. It was on October 5.
On the border, I noticed folks die of starvation, thirst and chilly, however I couldn’t do something. I used to be now fleeing demise.
Proper now, we normally sleep on the bottom among the many timber, however the climate may be very chilly. We can not sleep. Typically, we will gentle a fireplace, and typically we can not, due to the rain.
We have been pushed forwards and backwards by Polish authorities and the Belarusian military. The Polish authorities took our SIM playing cards away from us. There’s nowhere we will go from right here now.
Our toes are injured and we’re in ache. We are able to by no means relaxation.
At present, once more, I didn’t sleep as a result of the temperature was too low. However yesterday, we discovered a bag with slightly bread and milk in it. We thank God.
It is vitally unhappy once you die of chilly and starvation on the doorways of Europe. I’ve nothing else to say, however I’m unhappy for my nation, which is being destroyed by [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad.
Proper now, I can solely take into consideration my youngsters, and the way I have to keep alive. I communicate with them and my spouse on WhatsApp; I really feel like they misplaced every thing too.
I ought to have stated farewell once I was leaving Turkey. It might have been the final time I noticed them.
Please, simply assist me to reside. Please, somebody, save us.