“There was a violent storm over this part of Croatia”

  • Date and time: July 31, 2022 13:00
  • Location: Close to Velika Kladusa (near Smerkovac)
  • Coordinates: 45.17794800401, 15.779872782926
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 7 person(s), age: unknown , from: Congo,
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: no violence used
  • Police involved: 5 Croatian police officers (dark blue uniforms with 2 or 1 yellow star), 1 with white shirt (intervention police), 1 white 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: Blindspots

Original Report

The respondent was a man in the thirties. There was at the beginning a group of 8 persons, 5 men and 3 women. There were all from the Democratic Republic of Congo. During the game one man disappeared. They don’t know why or where he is now. The group started from Velika Kladusa. They walked, as the respondent describes, six days: «On a dormir 5 nuits dans les broussailles» (We slept 5 nights in the bushes). According to the respondent, they crossed hill areas but also mountains: «Nous sommes marchés des collins, des collins, des collins» (We crossed hill and hill and hill). There was a violent storm over this part of Croatia. The people were scared that the trees would fall or a flash could hit a tree or themselves. It rained heavily and they had cold.

They crossed a little town, according to the informant they crossed almost 2/3 of Croatia. There was around 40 Minutes to walk to cross the Highway 23.

Then they were cached by 3 Croatian police officers in dark blue uniforms. One had three stars on this shoulder and the others on yellow star. «Ils nous ont dit de rester parterre» (They told to stay on the floor). The one officer with two yellow stars was making a call. He was asking from which country we are coming. We told him «Congo». We begged him to let us continue our route. I told him we went for Zagreb to ask for asylum. The police checked our bags. They didn’t take anything out except our phones. After the calls he made he told us to get into the police car. The car was white. Inside were bars.

Then they drove us back to the border. As we got out of the car there were two other police officers. They had also dark blue uniforms. One had a stick. He scared us. I asked them, why they did that and why they didn’t have mercy. But they ignored my question. They gave us back our bags and phones. Then they told us to go and pointed in one direction. We walked.