“There was too much rain inside the jungle. We never slept, all day all night walking for 12 days.”

  • Date and time: October 13, 2021 22:00
  • Location: Closed to E65, in close proximity to the Slovenian border
  • Coordinates: 45.398629407092, 15.145446135578
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 70 people person(s), age: 16-27 , from: Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: no violence used, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 12 border policemen
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: Anonymous Partner

Original Report

On the 13th of October, a group of 70 people was caught by police in Croatia, very closed to the Slovenian border.

The respondents said they left Lipa camp with a group of 70 people on the 1st of October at 1 p.m.; they were both Afghani and Pakistani and there were also 2 minors inside the group.

They crossed the border from Bihać walking on the mountains. They stayed for 12 days inside the jungle: the conditions were terrible, it was very cold and it rained almost all the time.

“There was too much rain. We never slept, all day all night walking for 12 days.”

The respondants were saying that on the 13th of October they arrived in proximity to the Slovenian border, after walking close to E65; at 10 p.m., the group was finally resting after hours and hours of nonstop walking, when Croatian border police arrived. They were 12, wearing blu uniforms and they weren’t wearing masks.

“They didn’t beat us, but they say if you run, we beat you. They were not bad with us, but they stole our phone and power bank.” 

As the respondants claim, police took 3 cars to deport them back to Velika Kladuša; one car took another group back to Bihać. Police drove for 2-3 hours and left all the people close to the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

All the respondents looked tired, their feet and hands had many wounds.

“We walked back to Lipa, you can see our feet now are not good.”