Doctors warn Iraqi Kurds: illegal routes to the EU could be fatal

Bielsko Podraski, Poland-Dr. Arsalan Azzaddin sees migrants from Iraq and Syria being sent to a hospital in eastern Poland due to hypothermia, pneumonia, fractures and severe dehydration every day. Therefore, he asked a Kurdish TV channel to let him continue to report the news to warn people in his hometown not to try to enter the European Union through the Belarusian-Polish border dangerous journey.

“I hope they don’t come. They may die,” Azadin told the Associated Press on Monday.

At first, some viewers accused the medical director of the Bielsko Podlaski Hospital of obeying the Polish government’s request. The Polish government took a hard line to try to keep immigrants out, using barbed wire and border guards and military performances to stop trying to sneak across the EU. An attempt at the eastern border.

So he returned to Kurdish TV again, this time asking his patients to describe their pain in the hospital bed.

He also sent a message to Iraqi leaders: “Save those people,” he said. “The Kurds should not be treated like this.”

Only a few days later, the Iraqi government began to take measures to prevent the migration of Iraqis (many of whom were Kurds) to Belarus. They stopped flights to Belarus, closed the offices that issued travel visas to Belarus, and sent government planes to take people stranded there home.

European Union officials also put pressure on Iraq to stop immigration, but Azadin is convinced that his appeals on TV played an important role. He said that the TV audience reached 2.5 million.

The European Union accused Belarusian authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko of meticulously planning immigration in retaliation for the sanctions imposed on Belarus in the 2020 presidential election, which was widely seen as being manipulated and the government severely suppressing peaceful protesters.

Most immigrants seek to reach Germany or elsewhere in Western Europe. But after 1 million refugees came to the EU in 2015, the EU has been trying to shut out any new large groups of asylum seekers. The way it did so, by acquiescing to immigrant boycotts and outsourcing immigration control to Libya and Turkey, prompted human rights groups to accuse the European Union of instigating human rights violations.

With the closing of the Polish border, immigration at the border becomes more and more difficult. Many people are trapped in moist swamp forests, with night temperatures below freezing. According to reports, at least a dozen people have died along the border. Based on his monitoring of social media posts, Azadin believes that more people have died in Belarus.

With the suspension of flights from the Middle East to Belarus, Azzaddin said that he believes there are no more immigrants in the Polish forests, but there are still 2,000 people in Belarus.

Azadin said his hospital recently received two to five immigrants who need urgent treatment every day. One of them was a Syrian woman who had a miscarriage after being trapped in the forest for 22 days. When she was finally taken to the hospital, she was infected with COVID-19. The 38-year-old woman from Aleppo was escorted out of the hospital by border guards on Monday, who prevented the Associated Press reporter from talking to her.

Azzaddin supports strict Polish immigration methods. He said that if Poland allows all Belarusian people who graze at the gates of the EU, the number will only increase, and Lukashenko will prevail in his geopolitical stalemate with the West.

He said that this problem should be solved from the root cause. He severely accused the Iraqi authorities of failing to create conditions for people to live dignified lives.

“You have to ask why people are coming,” he said. “The leaders of many countries, including the United States and the European Union, must ask the Iraqi authorities why people are fleeing. These are educated people. They have no jobs and nothing can survive. .”

“We have to educate young people. The illegal way is not a good way. If you are educated, find a job and do it legally,” he said. “I’m the medical director of this hospital. If there are 20 doctors who want to work here, I can work for them tomorrow. But they have to meet certain requirements. It’s not like coming here at the risk of the death of family and children. What a good way.”

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