“Go back to the jungle!”

  • Date and time: July 13, 2022 00:00
  • Location: Border near Velika Kladusa
  • Coordinates: 45.195637429218, 15.792666533618
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 7 person(s), age: 2, 5, 7, 16, 17, 26, 30 years old , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other)
  • Police involved: 5 police officers with black uniforms, 1 police van
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

The respondent is an Afghan man in his mid-30s. He fled Afghanistan with his family because of the Talibans. He suffers from a strong traumatization and already lost two fingers on one hand in his home country. The group, that was trying to get to Europe, was composed of his 26 years old wife, his three children, between 2 and 7 years old, and his two nephews, 16 and 17 years old.

The group left from Velika Kladusa on July 12th and was pushed back from Croatia to Bosnia on July 13th. On the night between the 12th and the 13th the family had to sleep in the forest. The respondent states that the family was apprehended by the police after two days of hiking in the jungle.

They had to carry the kids on their shoulders, because walking was very difficult for them. According to the respondent, a van with 5 police officers in black uniforms apprehended them. Then, they were all laoaded in the police van and driven back to the Bosnian border.

When they got off the van, in the middle of the forest near the Bosnian border, the respondent expressed their intention to seek for asylum in Croatia. As a response, the policeman took a branch from the ground and hit him in front of his children. He also hit the respondent’s nephew, a minor. Then the police officer shouted:

Go back to the jungle!

The respondent asked if at least his wife and children could go to Zagreb to ask for asylum. The policeman raised the branch again, threateningly, and shouted: “Go!“.