A physician who has been treating injured migrants from Iraq and Syria at a Polish hospital just lately went on Kurdish TV to warn folks in Iraq to not try an unlawful immigration path to the European Union by the Belarus-Poland border, after treating migrants making an attempt the harmful journey, the Related Press reported.
Dr. Arsalan Azzaddin, who’s initially from Iraq, informed the AP he was treating migrants from his homeland and Syria on daily basis. Lots of them suffered from hypothermia, pneumonia, damaged bones and extreme dehydration, he stated.
“I would like them to not come. They may die,” Azzaddin informed the Related Press on Monday.
After some viewers accused Azzaddin of doing the Polish authorities’s bidding to maintain out migrants, he used his second look on Kurdish TV to permit his sufferers to explain their struggling firsthand. He additionally informed Iraqi leaders: “Save these folks,” he stated. “Kurds do not deserve one thing like this.”
Azzaddin stated he had been treating a median of two to 5 migrants in want of pressing therapy each day. One was a 38-year-old Syrian lady who had a miscarriage after she was within the forest for 22 days. She then caught COVID-19 after being taken to the hospital. Border Guard officers took the girl from the hospital on Monday and wouldn’t let AP journalists converse to her.
Days after Azzaddin went on TV, the Iraqi authorities started taking steps to cease the migration of Iraqis to Belarus. The federal government stopped flights to Belarus, closed places of work that issued journey visas there and despatched authorities planes to deliver Iraqis in Belarus again dwelling.
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EU officers additionally mounted strain on Iraq to halt the migration, however Azzaddin is satisfied that his appeals on TV, which he stated reached 2.5 million viewers, performed a major in stopping the migration.
With Poland’s border more and more sealed, it has gotten tougher and tougher for migrants on the border. Many are getting trapped in a dank forest of bogs that sees subfreezing temperatures at night time. There have been experiences of at the very least a dozen deaths alongside the border, and Azzaddin believes there are extra on the Belarus aspect, primarily based on his monitoring of social media posts.
With flights to Belarus from the Mideast coming to a halt, Azzaddin says he believes there are not any extra migrants in Poland’s forest however there are nonetheless 2,000 folks on the Belarusian aspect.
Azzaddin, initially from Irbil within the Kurdistan area of Iraq, however has lived in Poland for 40 years, helps the strict Polish strategy to migration. He says if Poland had been to permit in all of the those who Belarus was shepherding to the EU’s doorstep, the numbers would solely develop and Lukashenko would prevail in his geopolitical standoff in opposition to the West.
The issue, he says, needs to be addressed at its roots. He sharply accuses Iraqi authorities of failing to create circumstances the place folks can have dignified lives.
“You must ask why persons are coming,” he stated. “The leaders of many international locations, of america and the European Union, should ask the Iraqi authorities why persons are fleeing. These are educated folks. They do not have work, they do not have something to outlive on.”
He helps immigration, however needs to see it occur in a authorized, managed manner.
“We should educate younger those who the unlawful manner will not be a great way. When you’ve got an schooling, search for a job, do it legally,” he stated. “I’m the medical director of this hospital. If 20 medical doctors wished to work right here, I might give them work tomorrow. However they have to fulfill sure necessities. Coming right here by risking the demise of your loved ones and kids will not be a great way.”
The EU accuses the authoritarian chief of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, of orchestrating the migration in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Belarus over a presidential election in 2020 that was extensively seen as rigged and a harsh authorities crackdown on peaceable protesters.
A lot of the migrants search to achieve Germany or elsewhere in Western Europe. However after 1 million refugees got here to the EU in 2015, the bloc has sought to maintain out any giant new teams of asylum-seekers. The best way it has achieved so, tacitly permitting the pushbacks of migrants and outsourcing migration management to Libya and Turkey, has prompted rights teams to accuse the EU of abetting human rights abuses.