In the past few days, it snowed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and temperatures during the night are below zero for several days already. We are now facing the situation about which activists, volunteers, and organizations alerted for a long time. According to the UNHCR data, by the beginning of June, 7 600 people arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina, some of them in the meantime left, but people are still arriving. In the absence of a better and long-term solution for the accommodation of refugees still placed in Trnova Camp in Velika Kladuša, representatives of the UNHCR and IOM began the negotiations to move refugees to the facility of Miral in Polje, where they will be provided humanitarian accommodation. IOM representatives emphasized that this will not be a refugee center.
The lack of no systematic solution to the situation in BiH is showcased through inhumane conditions in the village Velečevo near Ključ, where between two entities refugees are stranded on the road because of new measures adopted by the Una-Sana Canton that are aiming to tackle the situation of an increasing number of people in that area. The “new measures” consist of intercepting buses coming from Sarajevo and the refugees they find are kept in them in the middle of the road, in the cold.
Apart from people trapped in the cold, the lack of legal and safe corridors also jeopardizes people’s lives. The last incident happened in Rijeka when the van full with people overturned.
On November 21, the anniversary of the death of Madina was marked. To recall, Madina was a 6-year-old girl from Afghanistan who was expelled from Croatia with her mother, her brothers, and sisters and they were forced to go back to Serbia in the middle of the night. Shortly after the expulsion, Madina was hit by a train, the Croatian Ministry of Internal Affairs continues to deny responsibility, and evidence such as the images of thermal cameras are mysteriously gone. Unfortunately, push backs are still happening one year after Madina’s death, we can only ascertain that Croatian authorities learned nothing from this tragedy.
On the day of the anniversary of her death, the Square of the Republic of Croatia was renamed in Madina Hussiny Square. By placing a Madina Hussiny street label, the girl from Afghanistan who became a tragic victim of push backs in Croatia, activists wanted to respect the memory of her and all those who lost their lives under the militant boots of the European migration regime.
The anniversary of her death was also marked by the Student Initiative for Refugees who ran an activist intervention at the Library of the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb early in the morning. The words “I am tired” awaited the students at 400 workspaces, and they could not go unnoticed because it became clear that this could be Madina’s last word. As the members of the Initiative stated on another side of the paper, her death was tragic “because Madina and her family entered the Republic of Croatia with hope for a better life, because Madina’s death was the result of the illegal and inhumane treatment of the Croatian border police and because nobody was held responsible for the death of six-year-old girl, and potentially incriminating images of the thermic camera of the controversial incident are mysteriously missing.“
Last week, the Danube Compass Platform was introduced, and it facilitates access to information about rights and obligations to refugees and migrants. The platform covers all important living areas: stay, work, language learning, education, everyday life and health, and provides an overview of all important rights and opportunities. Information on the rights and obligations of people who live or come to live in other countries could be found in various places so far and most were not available in foreign languages, specifically in Arabic, Farsi, English, and Urdu. The platform is available on the link: hr.danubecompass.org.
Booksa for the 14th year now organizes the Review of Small Literature dedicated to the Maghreb, the modern literature of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. The review will take place from 3rd to 7thof December in Zagreb, Rijeka, and Dubrovnik. You can see the whole program here.
The Zagreb Program was created in cooperation with the Human Rights Film Festival, which will take place from 2 to 9 December. The Review od Small Literature and the HRFF are preparing a joint program titled Riot of Desire.
Symposium “Cri-migration”, organized by the Student Club of Sociology, Discrepancy and Student Initiative for Refugees will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, on the 27th and 28th of November at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. Take a look at the entire symposium program here.