How are Bangladeshi immigrants in the Bosnian camp? The Miracle Union is about 10 kilometers from the border of Bosnia, which is a member of the European Union. Bangladeshis there are interested in immigration to Europe.
The International Organization of Migration of the United Nations (IOM) runs the IOM Miracle Camp. The IOM says the camp can seat a total of 700 people. Fifty percent of the camp’s residents are Pakistani immigrants. The rate of Bangladeshis is 26 percent. There are also immigrants from Morocco, Afghanistan, Syria, Algeria and some other countries.
The camp’s manager, IOM official Mite Chilkowski, said the camp’s residents were given three meals a day. There are also two kitchens where immigrants can cook their own food. However, Bangladeshis have complained that the two kitchens are mainly occupied by Pakistani immigrants. Pakistanis have started the bread business there, they told in Deutsche Wale Bangla’s Facebook Live on Wednesday. Some Bangladeshis also complained that Pakistanis sometimes bar them from cooking.
Two Bengali journalists Arafatul Islam and Anupam Dev Kanunjana of Deutsche Vale went to Bosnia to highlight the situation of Bangladeshi migrants trapped in Bosnia. First, he highlighted the plight of migrants outside the camp. Although he was not initially allowed to enter the Miral camp, he got that opportunity on Wednesday.
Bangladeshi migrants living in the camp told Deutsche Wale about their experiences. He described interrupting the Croatian police to cross the border into Bosnia and torture them.
For example, Shafiq Mia of Sylhet showed a dog bite wound in his right hand. He alleged that the police released the dogs to control the immigrants. After that, the police admitted him to the hospital. Shafiq Mia, who has 12 stitches in his hand, said he would still try to re-enter Croatia. Regarding the threat of such an attack, he said, “If I am lucky, it will happen again.” Shafiq Mia still does not want to return to the country. According to him, “The situation in the country is bad, there is no benefit from going into the country.” In his words, “I don’t understand if I don’t understand.”
Some other immigrants, such as Shafiq, claim that they had no idea that they would be in such a situation on the way.
However, another Bangladeshi immigrant, Sohail, who has been in the camp for six months, disagrees with this information. He claims that other people are misinformed and lying.
Sohail of Sylhet Shahparan, speaking on his own, said, “I learned from the country that I have to go to Iran first, then cross various routes and reach Italy via Turkey.” I will not have food, I will not have clothes, I will not have shelter, I will have nothing, I will have to endure this. It will cost Rs 18-20 lakhs. I have come to know this. ‘
Another immigrant, Ruhul Amin, showed his broken left hand to Deutsche Vale. He said he was beaten by the police in Zagreb, Croatia. After being caught by the police in Zagreb, he and several others were detained for 30 hours and later transferred to Bosnia. Shamim Ahmed suffered a head injury in the same incident. Even after this, Ruhul and Shamim do not want to return to the country. Again they want to try to enter Europe.
Although the Miral camp can hold up to 700 people, many migrants from outside enter the camp through the walls and stay there. Once foreigners were kicked out of the camp by security personnel, but now work has stalled due to the onset of winter, the migrants said. As a result, they are crowded in a small space.
The area in which Miral Camp is located is called Velika Claudusa. The locals demanded the camp be closed. He has also protested for this. However, the camp’s manager, IOM official Mite Chilkowski, said there was no reason for the camp to be closed soon. Instead, he said, there was a need to open more camps for the city’s immigrants.
Chilkowski said the residents of the camp were given three meals a day, along with other supplies. Injured migrants inside and outside the camp were also treated by local doctors.
Many have complained that migrants inside the camp are not allowed to leave the camp citing reasons for Corona. Chilkowski, however, claims that 10 people are allowed out every hour. Because if 800 people go out together, the local people may get in trouble.
Chilkowski said that every Wednesday in the camp, representatives from different countries meet to hear about the problem and try to find a solution. Source: DW Bungalow