Poland’s underground refugee network

On the roof of a house in the jungle near the Polish village of Narewka, a young Iraqi Kurdish man lies down in fear and panic.

Through the bright lights of the sky, the blue lights of the police cars shone on the hidden wall. Outside, many border guards were looking for people like him in the snowstorm. Downstairs the landlord sits quietly with his wife and children in a panic.

Kurdish youth are one of thousands of asylum seekers who have entered Poland via the border with Belarus, where many are stranded on their way to Europe. The Polish family gave him shelter. However, if the Polish police find him, he faces the risk of being returned to the Belarusian forest, while his bodyguards face the risk of misconduct.

As people fleeing conflict or famine graze on the Polish-Belarusian border in mid-winter, Polish families are secretly hiding hundreds of homeless people in their homes.

Fear of knocking on the door as border police began to change the wording of World War II, when thousands of its Polish neighbors took refuge during the Nazi regime.

“Let us be clear, this is a far cry from the Holocaust,” said a Polish woman who took refuge in a Syrian family for five days. “At the same time he had six people hiding in the attic of his dog who was forced to sit in the dark to avoid being brought back, as a police officer he could not help considering the similarities with the time. ”

Every day since the beginning of October, Jakub, 38, from Narewka, explores forests near the border to find people in need of water, food and shelter. Along with his dog, Jakub follows signs of the arrival of people trying to cross the border: curtains, blankets, or houses made of tree branches.

During the war, one of his father’s brothers, who died a few years ago, helped many Jewish families in Warsaw, avoiding relocation. Thus, 80 years later, Jakub treats and helps at least 200 people at risk of being repatriated back to the Belarusian border.

“I do not compare what I did today with what my uncle did,” Jakub said. “I help these people because they need help. It’s very simple. ”

The European Union (EU) has accused Belarus of provoking a new refugee crisis by setting up a mass silence of people from the Middle East to Minsk and promising them safe havens, in retaliation for Brussels sanctions. In Poland, human rights groups have accused the country of forcing thousands of people across the border.

People like Jakub, who saw families living in extreme poverty in the ice, took it upon themselves to help. It is always a race between local volunteers and the police to find the border first.

In his room in a small house a few kilometers from Sokolka, Bartek, 14, developed a device to identify people at risk of moving to Belarus.

“I opened a bank account to connect guest phones,” he said. “I opened their accounts on Google and WhatsApp and connected their phones to one of my accounts. That way I can find their destination soon and send help. ”

Bartek and his friend Ewa help a Syrian family whose first child is five years old. They were deported 17 times to Belarus.

“What is happening here is unbelievable,” said Ewa, 40, whose grandmother transported pork fat and potatoes to the Jewish Ghetto during WWII.

My grandmother hid the Jews in her house, ”he said. “The ball on the floor was covered with the bed my grandmother was lying on. I feel like I am continuing my grandmother’s work. ”

Peas buy hot cameras to see people at night.

“When you go to the forest, you do not know what awaits you, if someone is behind you,” he said. “Next year if you go to the forest to pick mushrooms, you never know if you will find mushrooms or dead. Some people say they have found the bodies of refugees and divided animals. In areas where immigrants are camped, you may hear the sound of the sun sometimes. ”

At least 19 people have been killed since the beginning of the border conflict between Poland and Belarus. Many died. Some of their bodies were buried in a Muslim cemetery in the village of Bohoniki, near Sokolka, in the middle of a forest where they lost their lives.

As temperatures close to freezing, Bartek, Jakub and Peas are in the network of Tools working hard to avoid further deaths.

“We do something normal to help others,” Ewa said, “but they make you feel guilty.”

Since Poland declared a state of emergency, all aid to forest dwellers has been on the shoulders of local residents and activists. In recent weeks police have detained aid workers and civilians, searching at least three homes for migrants.

Witold Klaus, a professor at the University of Warsaw for Immigration Training, said: “It looks like the situation is getting worse and the authorities are stepping up their efforts.” “This is part of the threat and can be attributed to its cold effect – unfortunately for foreign aid. Giving humanitarian aid is not a crime. But this is the law in the literature and does not deter the authorities. Lie to him. ”

On December 14, military officers arrested a group of terrorists in a forest near the village of Zabrody. They were forced to lie on the ground where we had been. On December 15, armed Polish police raided one of the aid centers in the border region of Podlachia, confiscating cell phones and computers.

“We have been accused of plotting to cross the border,” said Anna Alboth, a spokeswoman for the Independent Human Rights Commission. “But if anyone provides the opportunity to cross the border illegally then it is the Belarusian and Polish authorities, who are forcing people to starve without any choice to cross the border.”

Interior and Polish security agencies said nothing when the Guard arrived.

During recent protest demonstrations in Michalow and Hajnowka, young activists met with adults who had provided protection during WWII.

“They claimed to be hiding Jews during the war and had something to do with us,” says James.

In 1939, Tatiana Honigwill, a Polish girl from Warsaw, was taken to a German labor camp in Ravensbruck. After Russia’s independence in 1945, Tatiana returned to Poland. He died a few years ago, leaving many grandchildren. One of them was Maria Przyszychowska, a 43-year-old artist living near the border town of Hajnowka.

She and her husband, Kamil Syller, 48, started an online network of local residents and activists who lit fires in their windows to show that their home was a safe haven for refugees. At first it was a symbolic gesture. Then, all of a sudden, the first people started coming to their door.

The couple welcomed them into their home and offered them food.

“We are trying to protect asylum seekers and now our activities have become a form of resistance,” Kamil said. “But we don’t want to be brave. And it turns out to be very frustrating.”

For several weeks, Maria and Kamil’s family have been watching closely. Border guards patrol the streets around their homes. Light bulbs also began to attract the attention of the guards, who took refuge in the forest to wait for people to come out and turn their backs.

Giving people the right to asylum is a violation of human rights. Despite people expressing their determination to seek refuge, those returning to Poland were forced to return to the departure process.

“Maybe one day, when this is over, we can talk openly about what the police have done to the immigrants and what we have done to help them,” Jakub said. “I do not know when, but I’m sure the day will come. Until then, we will continue to work in the dark. In the end, we are what they call us: secrets.

The year 2021 begins with a victory speech by Chinese leaders about “time and energy” to work in China’s favor. The year ended with U.S. power in Asia rising and China power falling, according to Asian energy statistics, an annual estimate of relative power in the Indo-Pacific conducted by Lowy University.

These findings corroborate China’s history of fraudulent policy. Beijing’s goal is to create a greater acceptance of China for the future, that the United States is declining, and that other countries would be wise to focus on China’s rise rather than destroy the United States.

Attempts by Chinese government officials to sell news of the US fall could benefit from lower purchases (outside China) than they would have a year ago. The United States has made significant progress over the past year in the production of COVID-19; the strength of international partnerships and partnerships; restoring global leadership on climate, human rights, and public health issues; investing in home appliances; and boosting the US economy. As Michael Fullilove and Herve Lemahieu noted at the Foreign Ministry, the US is now the only major global economic forecast for 2030 higher than previously predicted before the outbreak. And with the General Assembly of the Democrats, the Biden government also affirmed the power of the invaluable American convention on the world stage.

Therefore, the history of American reform is not online or can not be tolerated. Many Americans are deeply concerned about the corrupt domestic politics and the risk of American institutions, especially if democratic leaders take power in the next election.

Back in China, his foreign policy over the past year has been fueled by nationalism and nationalism. Chinese officials are closed within their borders. They have reduced funding for the Belt and Initiative Road. Chinese government officials have harshly criticized China for seeing its interests thwarted, including Lithuania’s decision to open a Taiwanese government office. Therefore, China’s future in the developing world can be said to be at least since the Tiananmen massacre in 1989.

At home, China’s economic growth is slowing. The country is on the brink of recession, with the number of workers expected to fall by nearly 20 percent from the mid-century level. Manufacturing growth slowed, and China’s economic investment slowed. Beijing is limiting its potential for development by crushing most of its new technologies, including modern technology.

Clearly, China’s economy continues to grow and is likely to continue to do so in the near future. The Chinese military continues to develop new technologies, many of which it says are designed to try to prevent Americans from participating in any future naval events. China continues to strengthen its position in many parts of the world, relying primarily on its ability to intervene. Chinese executives have been able to control China’s regional status by managing their data. Xi Jinping (習近平) also took power, and is scheduled to run for a third term in the 20th National Assembly in 2022.