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#NoBorders: Deadly weekend at the European frontiers, but looks like nobody really cares

Death of people on the move, even children, no longer news in Europe. Number of people arriving in Bosnia rising again.

Originally published by Are You Syrious.

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On Sunday morning, a headless body of a child was found on the shore of Lesvos. It is believed to belong to a 9-year-old girl who went missing on February 13th, when a boat carrying 51 people left Turkey heading toward Greece. However, the boat sank outside Tsonia, Lesvos north.

The same day in Bosnia, the body of a young boy from Morocco was found. 
Hamza, his friends remembered, went to cross the border to Croatia from Bosnia, but got pushed back by the Croatian police into Serbia. He wanted to cross back into Bosnia, tried to cross the [border] Drina river, but drowned.

And more.

Another body was found on Lesvos on Sunday in the rocky area of Aghios Theodoros Akra — Koraka, Lesvos. The body is in a state of advanced sepsis and for this reason, it cannot be ascertained whether it belongs to a man or a woman.

According to the informal source, a 30-year-old Algerian migrant was killed in Šid, Serbia, on Friday, during an attempt to embark a train to Croatia, Info Park Belgrade reports. Apparently, the person was not provided with any emergency aid although he was still alive some two hours after the
accident. There is no official information yet.

Over 200 people, human beings, died this year while trying to reach a place where they will feel safe and get a chance for a normal life. Any kind of life. But, they did not make it due to closed borders.

The death of people on the move has not been main news in the mainstream media for a long time. It has become normality, almost. Even when the victims are children.

In the case of Bosnia, the children are not even counted into the official numbers of casualties. News portal BIRN collected the official data on the number of deaths in the country. Apparently, only 12 died in Bosnia in 2018.

In Bihać area, the official sources are claiming, four deaths are registered, in two cases natural deaths are confirmed, one case concerned drowning and one person was killed. Nevertheless, they do not mention a child that died in the camp BIRA, run by the IOM, due to the lack of medical care (UNHCR and DRC responsibility). The boy died in the camp of pneumonia.

They also do not mention that a man was killed in a car accident in front of the other camp run by the IOM, Miral in Velika Kladuša.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, told BIRN it does not possess data on migrants and refugees who died in Bosnia. Even when they died under their watch, like in the case of the boy in Bira or the man in the front of Miral.

Bosnia

The number of people who are arriving in Bosnia on their way towards the EU are rising, again. According to the official figures, over 2,500 people entered the country this year. Many are coming from Greece via Albania and Montenegro, or via Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia.

At the same time, many people are leaving, and estimates are that about 3,900 people are in the country at the moment (over 24,000 entered in 2018). However, these numbers are not reliable even though coming from official sources. The problem remains the registration process and access to asylum, as well as internal pushbacks.


Checkpoint in Kljuc, on the way from Sarajevo to Bihac. Local police stop buses on this route, taking people out and leaving them by the road. The help is provided by the local Red Cross volunteers. Photo Red Cross Kljuc.

Since the beginning of this year, AYS received several reports about police violence inside of Bosnia, including reports from Velika Kladusa and recently Mostar. Apparently, local police randomly stop people in the streets and take them to the place where they beat them up, including police stations or just somehow hidden areas in the cities.

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Read also the press release of Cars of Hope about their experiences in Bosnia: https://enoughisenough14.org/2019/03/10/cars-of-hope-collective-situation-on-the-balkan-route-is-getting-worse/

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