‘People treated like weapons’: more deaths feared at Poland-Belarus border

Médecins Sans Frontières manager says migrants being pushed back are often dangerously weak

An international aid worker has warned “more people are going to die”, describing how desperate, often dangerously weakened migrants including very young children are being pushed back across Poland’s border with Belarus.

Crystal van Leeuwen, a medical emergency manager with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), said NGOs must gain urgent access to a secure militarised zone on the Polish side and that migrants’ claims for international protection must be respected.

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