“A family with a baby and two small children begged the police not to push them back”

  • Date and time: September 1, 2017 00:00
  • Location: Srijemske Laze, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.150115023535, 19.167709350586
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 8 person(s), age: 5 months - 61 , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: no violence used
  • Police involved: Croatian police
  • Taken to a police station?: unknown
  • 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

On September 1st, 2017, the police found 8 adults and 3 children in the forrest.
The people-on-the-move explained their situation and journey to the police officers.

They had been waiting for a car for 3 days and were very hungry. They begged the police not to deport them, referring to the fact that they had a baby (5 months-old) and two small children (4 and 1 years), and that they wanted to ask for asylum in Croatia. Our interlocutor also explained that her mother had heart problems, but the police didn’t listen.

The police officers called for more police cars to arrive. No food was given to the people. They were driven back to Serbia, and dropped at the border around midnight. It was the 2nd time they were pushed back.