Fears grow for Afghan refugees stuck in ‘Kafkaesque’ Poland-Belarus standoff

Lukashenko accused of encouraging refugees to come to Belarus in retaliation for Brussels sanctions

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Fears are growing for a group of Afghan refugees who fled their country last month and made their way to Europe, only to find themselves marooned on the border between Poland and Belarus in a “Kafkaesque” political standoff.

The 32 refugees – women, men, and a child of 15 years old – have been stuck in a small, muddy patch of land between the two countries for almost three weeks with no access to clean water, insufficient shelter and intermittent food supplies, according to a Polish NGO.

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