Refugee Says Police Called Migrants ‘Animals,’ Stole Money During Attempted EU Crossing


One Afghani refugee is talking out concerning the remedy of migrants on the Croatian-Bosnian border.

In an interview with the Associated Press, migrant and former futsal referee Ibrahim Rasool described the mistreatment of fellow migrants by the Croatian police and the European Union. He described how pleas for security from pregnant ladies and households have been ignored, leading to a number of refugees being despatched to Bosnia. He additionally offered a video showcasing officers insulting and degrading migrants, calling them “animals” and “soiled individuals.”

“Police did not (pay) consideration to youngsters, to girl pregnant, (to) ladies, no one,” mentioned Rasool. “They present (us) gun, (say) ‘Don’t transfer. Stop. We are police.'”

Rasool had beforehand been a futsal referee in Afghanistan however fled the nation as tensions throughout the nation’s soccer affiliation worsened. While in Bosnia, he performed soccer with youngsters and different adults. In the meantime, he has tried crossing into Croatia a number of instances seeking a greater life.

“I need to proceed my job, I need to be again to my regular life,” he instructed the Associated Press. “It does not matter which nation.”

However, he has encountered violence and humiliation on the Croatian border. Rasool mentioned that every one his cash was stolen by border police and was laughed at earlier than being deported.

“They stole from refugees,” he mentioned. “They suppose we’re animals, not human.”

Rasool condemned each the remedy of fellow refugees and the EU’s supposed acceptance of Croatia’s dealing with of refugees. He mentioned that if European nations proceed to remain silent on the abuses being confronted, they’d be no higher than the Taliban.

Croatian police haven’t responded to requests for remark. However, they’ve been accused a number of instances of abusing migrants.

For extra reporting from the Associated Press, see under.

Ibrahim Rasool, Afghan refugee, previously a FIFA-licensed futsal referee controls the ball at a makeshift camp housing migrants, in Velika Kladusa, Bosnia on November 13, 2021. Rasool says he beloved his job as a futsal referee due to sportsmanship and truthful play, however the 33-year-old man from Afghanistan says there’s nothing truthful about the way in which the European Union treats individuals searching for refuge from violence and battle.
AP Photo/Edvin Zulic

The video offered by Rasool confirmed individuals crouched inside a fenced, shifting van that included ladies and babies. In the forest video, males are carrying an apparently pregnant girl in a blanket. Neither video might be independently verified.

The European Court of Human Rights final week dominated in opposition to Croatia in a 2017 pushback case after which a 6-year-old Afghan lady was killed by a practice.