Migrants from the Belarusian border decided to go to Russia: “We want to wash”

They constantly received threats, people were cleared their brains so that they recognize themselves as ethnic Kurds and adhere to Kurdish politics. If Belarus does not shelter them, Europe does not accept them, then they want to get to Russia. This is what I believe in. Some of them haven’t taken a shower for two months. They sit there for three days. When this influx has passed, the second will come, followed by the third. “Refugees who lived in cities were deported” – What can I tell you. The person avoided answering. They asked me to convey to the leadership of the camp that they want to return home. They explained that in Kurdistan they were denied treatment. And in order to live normally in Iraq, people must please the ruling regime. Yazidis not only at home, but even in the camp feel oppressed. – They will not be allowed to enter Belarus. They constantly ask me: “What should we do?” I shrug my shoulders: “It's up to you.” While some Kurds are still thinking about leaving, the Yezidis are determined to stay in Belarus if the state provides them with at least some housing and work. Those who ran out of visas were sent back to their homeland. – In recent days, I have given out more than ten interviews. The problem is that the Yezidis in Iraq did not get their rights. – Yes, there are already some companies in Belarus, enterprises decorate Christmas trees. But the Yezidis have a different situation. On Sunday I sat with the investigator as an interpreter. It was not the poor Kurds who left the camp. True, then they added that they had sold their house in Iraq, they had nowhere else to live. They try not to sleep next to them. Those who left the other day admitted to me that they would not fly further than Turkey. – There is no understanding. They can stay in Istanbul, hide there, and then find ways to get to Europe. I saw with my own eyes how my people are being infringed upon in Iraq. There are toilets in the yard, there are several outlets for recharging phones, but there are few of them, the room is warmer than outside, but you can't sleep without clothes. But when the information passed that the Kurds who had returned to their homeland were being infringed, many changed their minds to leave. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus restricted access to refugees for some journalists. But why they are there, nobody wants to know. But for some reason they are silent. And after the incident with Kurdish journalists, people are completely afraid to return. But all this is in words, no one solves the problem. – I repeat, there are many wealthy people among the Kurds. I brought the situation to the representatives of the UN Commission. People shouted insults at the President of Iraqi Kurdistan. He was in conversation with a Kurdish family. I then approached the Kurds, spoke to them carefully. But the Yezidis were deprived of this. Maybe they have some problems. Absolutely nobody wants to listen. – Journalists from two Kurdish companies came. Истoчник www.mk.ru – Most likely, it will happen. They can only wash their face. – Many are coughing. And it hurts me that I cannot help resolve this issue, this is not in my competence. And I see that they are already losing hope, many are at a loss. It seems to me that it was a deliberate provocation by the journalists. – Maybe they had time to wash somewhere. To be honest, I'm tired. I was in Kurdistan, where the economic situation is quite good. They lived in tent camps in Iraq and had no rights. – The way to Europe is closed for them, they do not have a visa. I was surprised, you don’t know me, why are you giving money? The other day it was reported that on November 28, some travel agency is organizing a flight to Iraq via Dubai. “They don't perform religious rites, not before that” – I was approached by the Yezidis who are in the neutral zone, in the region of the Brest region. They said that they left the country because their child has health problems. – It all looks ridiculous, I don't even want to comment. I wear a mask, it's scary to get infected. The Yezidis will definitely not return to their homeland. By the way, the same border guards charge their phones, but on condition that the migrants behave calmly. They also fear that they will have problems when they return. Who knows what they really decide. The migration services checked the visitors. They did not contact me again. But few people read them. – When the refugees lived in the camp on the street, the Yezidis complained that the Kurds oppressed them. As far as I know, many Iraqis who lived in cities and not in camps have already been deported. What is the purpose of this, I don’t understand? Three days ago 60 people approached me and said they were ready to leave. Once I received an answer from the Department of the Middle East and North Africa of the Russian Foreign Ministry. But when I began to explain what the root of the problem of the Yezidi people was, the journalists stopped me: “Tell us better about their situation in the camp.” And if one of the operators recorded my speech, then it was cut out from the plot. I sent their geolocation to human rights defenders. And there are plenty of people who want to recharge their phones. Although they promised to call. Migrants here spoke out against their authorities. During a conversation with me, they confessed that they were filmed on camera, and now in Iraq the most active people can face punishment. The way here is closed for the citizens of Iraq and Syria, they will not receive visas. The refugees began throwing sticks at the TV crew and whatever was at hand. – In my opinion, no. There are very few outlets, not enough for all. They unanimously shout: “We want to wash.” On Monday morning Khudo again went to the camp to try to reach out to representatives of various departments about the situation of the Yezidis. – There is no information from them, no one has contacted us. The operator directed the cameras at the migrants. I communicate with people, help with translation, says Khudo Bakoyan. – Perhaps. They answered: “You are here all day, you tell the truth, we believe you.” – No. The riot was raised by the Kurds. For the first time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded that they had lost our application. There are no showers, people don't wash. It scared them a little. – Useless. But what can you do. Tired of living in difficult conditions. The border guards are guarding them. – Some of the Iraqi citizens know English, but if the border guards do not understand the language, then communication will not take place. If they come illegally, they will simply be deported. And the migration crisis is like a disease. The visiting journalists later explained to their Belarusian colleagues that the participants in the conflict were Yezidis, although our people were not there. If the focus of the disease is not found, then the disease cannot be cured. Understand, people are in such a position that they are afraid to speak the truth. Earlier, I wrote at least ten times to the UN Secretary General, and I also addressed the President of Russia. What is happening in the refugee camp For more than two weeks, migrants from the Middle East, stuck in Belarus, have been arranging life in a hangar for storing cargo. As I walk through the camp, a crowd runs after me and hands me their phones so that I can charge them at home. I dialed them myself, but the phones are not available. Because at best, a prison awaits them there. You see how scared they are. I asked my interlocutor if none of the returnees had been imprisoned. They also offered me dollars so that I could exchange them in the city for Belarusian rubles. According to the Constitution, indigenous peoples are obliged to provide the right in places of compact residence, they must have their own internal troops and police. Many are not up to it already. – No, they don't persuade, they just ask who is ready to leave. The wealthy Kurds had the goal of getting to Great Britain, where a large Kurdish diaspora settled – wealthy people live there, they help their own. If you wish, you can bring peacekeeping forces into Iraq, create normal conditions for the Yezidis in the country, and build housing for them. There are only 150 Yezidis and about 2,000 Kurds in the camp. – Nobody wants to hear about our problem. Refugees have not washed for several months. Some time ago we met the Deputy Chairman of the World Congress of Yezidis (Iraqi citizens, followers of the Yezidism religion) Khudo Bakoyan, who lives in Grodno. But in Iraq their rights were infringed, they wanted a better life. At the very beginning of the story with migrants who set up a temporary camp on the Belarusian-Polish border, Alexander Lukashenko said that he was inviting all media outlets to cover the situation. They disagreed. – Probably, a solution can be found with the help of the UN Security Council. Toilets were installed outside. – The Kurds flew away, 380 people. Our interlocutor has recently been arriving at the migrant camp as if to work. I have not heard any more complaints from the Yezidis. They also wrote to me from America that they supposedly keep their finger on the pulse. Until we are heard, the flow of refugees will not stop. – The people are tired of living in unbearable conditions. Everyone is interested in how migrants live in the camp. They wrote that they are aware of what is happening in Iraq and know about the situation of national religious minorities. They lived well in their homeland. But not all. The ticket costs $ 400. On repeated inquiries, numerous letters, they stopped responding altogether. When I leave, I take ten phones with me, and in the morning I bring them. If the Kurds have at least some rights in their homeland, then the Yezidis have absolutely no rights. The Yezidis on Sunday turned to me to help resolve the situation through the Russian representatives of our diaspora. We contacted him. I asked a Kurdish friend why they are considered traitors. “Yezidis not only at home, but also in the camp feel oppressed” – I am in the refugee camp from morning until late at night. For example, when representatives of the Red Cross delivered food to the camp, the Yezidis got little. I knock on closed doors, – the interlocutor complained. – A couple of days ago, several people showed me tickets to Iraq, which their relatives bought them via the Internet. I demanded a live broadcast from the Kurdistan 24 TV company to explain why the Kurds are treating the Yezidis so unfairly. But most of all the people are outraged by the lack of a soul. He explained that this opinion comes from the state. The European Union assured that they were dealing with the situation. They are now the most vulnerable people in the Middle East. – Yes. Then an incident occurred. There are 18 of them, along with children of 10 and 12 years old. – Many important people come here, but no one delves into the root of the problem. I do not see such prospects. He warned that if they continued to behave like this, they would have problems. – There are ardent Islamists there who perform rituals. Living conditions in the transport and logistics center are so-so. But they still stay away from the Kurds. – It would be better if they organized a bath day. “MK” several times sent a request with a request to work at the border. They thanked me for my civic position. I gave a comment to the federal Russian TV channel, but nothing went on the air. I think it's nonsense. We have a newspaper “Belarus Segodnya”, they seem to have promised to publish my interview on this topic. He explained that people are in dire straits, without food. But they were afraid to talk about it, because they are in the minority.