Hundreds of individuals are now residing in a refugee camp arranged inside an empty school in the Lithuanian town of Vereniejai.
Migrants and refugees from as remote locations of the world as Iraq and Cameroon stated Sunday how they had actually paid countless dollars to cross borders and dealt with hazardous surface and even wildlife to reach Europe.
Iraqi migrant Mustafa Hussein Hanad stated he “gave somebody 1,400 dollars” in Minsk to take him to the woods and reveal him the method to the border.
“We faced wild animals and all other things. I thought we were going to die in that forest,” included Hanad’s fellow compatriot Haidar Al-Garawg
In June, the variety of prohibited border crossings from Belarus into Lithuania increased six-fold, increasing the pressure on nationwide border control authorities, Frontex (European Border and Coast Guard Agency stated.
The phenomenon has actually sped up in July.
More than 1,500 individuals have actually crossed into Lithuania from Belarus in the previous 2 months– 20 times more than in all of 2020.
Tensions in between the EU and Belarus intensified a lot more after Belarus diverted a guest jet on May 23 to apprehend an opposition reporter.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Lithuanian Prime Minister, Ingrida Šimonytė, kept in mind that refugees and migrants were being instrumentalized by particular political leaders to apply pressure on the European Union.
She included that individuals like Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin do not care about individuals of Iraq or African nations.
Lituania is likewise the host nation of the banished leader of the Belarus opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
“It’s obviously an attempt of revenge by (Alexander Lukashenko’s regime on Lithuania and the whole European Union for their support of the civil society in Belarus,” she stated.
Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko has stated his nation will stop cooperation with the 27-nation bloc on stemming migration in retaliation for bruising financial sanctions the EU slapped on Belarus over the traveler jet diversion.
On Friday, Lithuania began constructing a double barbed wire fence on the Belarus border. It will run for 550 kilometers (342 miles, covering the majority of the almost 680-kilometer (423-mile border and expense 41 million euros (48 million United States dollars, according to Lithuanian authorities.
In addition, Lithuania has actually established camping tent camps to accommodate the growing variety of migrants.