1000’s of refugees and migrants making an attempt 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 either side of the border. Nidal Ibrahim, a Syrian refugee stranded on the border, tells Al Jazeera’s Sara Cincurova in regards to 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I’m Nidal Ibrahim from Aleppo, I’m 37 years outdated, and I’m dying.
Me, my pal Muhammad and his 4 youngsters got here to the Belarusian border together with different refugees. We hoped that we might attain Europe, however we are actually 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 secure place. I dream about my youngsters going to highschool. However at any second, I can die.
Within the woods, now we have no shelter. My pal 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 warfare in Syria, I used to work as a college trainer and a principal of a main college. My spouse and I left Syria after dropping a few of our kinfolk. The warfare in Syria destroyed every little thing that we dreamt about.
My spouse studied legislation, however the circumstances didn’t enable her to finish her research in Syria. We bought married and had three youngsters, two ladies and a boy.
Once 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 state of affairs 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 dangerous 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 turn into open by way 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 secure and dignified life.
I purchased a visa and a airplane ticket with a Belarusian firm from an internet workplace for $800. I used to be informed it might price me one other $500 to get into Poland. However once I arrived on the Polish border by automobile, 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 dying.
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 are able to mild a fireplace, and generally we can not, due to the rain.
We have been pushed backwards and forwards by Polish authorities and the Belarusian military. The Polish authorities took our SIM playing cards away from us. There may be nowhere we are able to go from right here now.
Our ft are injured and we’re in ache. We are able to by no means relaxation.
At this time, once more, I didn’t sleep as a result of the temperature was too low. However yesterday, we discovered a bag with a bit of bread and milk in it. We thank God.
It is extremely unhappy whenever 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 converse with them and my spouse on WhatsApp; I really feel like they misplaced every little 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.