The crisis on the Belorussian-Polish border started in 2016, after Poland suddenly stopped accepting asylum-seekers.
More than 3,000 people were stuck in Brest (Belarus), without money, food or the possibility to return. Some have had to live at the railway station. In 2017, due to the difficulty of crossing the border, fewer refugees were able to reach safety.
Now about 200 people on average are constantly in Brest and are trying to cross the border. Every day, only a maximum of 2 families are able to enter Poland.
After the second Chechen war, thousands of people were displaced. The refugees flee from the North Caucasus regions because of persecution, threats, blood feuds and torture.
Former businessmen, policemen or housewives, no one is safe from persecution.
The Belorussian authorities pretend that these people do not exist. At best, they do not pay attention to them, at worst they are forcibly sent them back to Russia.
There is no logic in how border guards accept people. Some cross the border on their first attempt, some try 20 times. The greatest number of attempts from our experience is 76 times.
Usually families consist of two to five children accompanied by both parents. Some families can have up to twelve people. Although most refugees travel as a family, some have to travel alone.
In 2016, the human rights organization "Human Constanta" launched an indefinite volunteer mission to help the refugees in Brest. Our team helps the refugees while they are in Belarus
Migrants and refugees are a vulnerable group, they are often discriminated and their rights are violated.
We insist on respecting the rights of every person, regardless of origin, religion or social status.
We hold legal consultations, collect humanitarian aid: food and clothes, and organize events for children, so that they do not feel as excluded from society.
We also organize workshops to counter xenophobia and hatred.
In addition, we are working with Polish and international organizations to make the situation on the border better.