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A family with a baby and two small children begged the police not to push them back

Date & Time 2017-01-09
Location Srijemske Laze, Croatia
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 45.15011502, 19.16770935
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station unknown
Minors involved yes
WLTI* involved yes
Men involved no
Age 5 - 61
Group size 8
Countries of origin Afghanistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved unknown
Violence used no violence used
Police involved Croatian police

On September 1st, 2017, the police found 8 adults and 3 children in the forrest.
The people-on-the-move explained their situation and journey to the police officers.

They had been waiting for a car for 3 days and were very hungry. They begged the police not to deport them, referring to the fact that they had a baby (5 months-old) and two small children (4 and 1 years), and that they wanted to ask for asylum in Croatia. Our interlocutor also explained that her mother had heart problems, but the police didn’t listen.

The police officers called for more police cars to arrive. No food was given to the people. They were driven back to Serbia, and dropped at the border around midnight. It was the 2nd time they were pushed back.