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Hungary: Iraqi refugee separated from pregnant wife by authorities in Bickse01:53

Hungary: Iraqi refugee separated from pregnant wife by authorities in Bickse

Hungary, Bicske
September 4, 2015 at 10:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

An Iraqi refugee told of how he was separated from his family, including his pregnant wife, by Hungarian authorities after arriving in the country, as he spoke in the Bicske camp, Friday.

"I am from Iraq, my name is Qais Muhammed, my wife's name is Sara Madlul and my brother's name is Lawan Muhammed. They took all three of us together to the centre, no food, no water. We slept outside, bad treatment and bad manners. They put my wife somewhere, my brother elsewhere, and my wife is pregnant. I am here and I do not know where my brother is, I do not know where my wife is. We fled death, came here to find death receive us," Qais Muhammed said of his ordeal.

Hungarian authorities have taken radical measures in early September to deal with the unprecedented numbers of people crossing their borders, many without documentation. Firstly, they closed the main station with trains leading to Austria, Germany and other European destinations. This led to a temporary encampment being set up around Keleti station, housing around 3,000 refugees. When the station re-opened, many boarded trains that were destined for processing and detention camps, not other countries as they thought. Thousands have protested against the authorities.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has taken a strong line on the crisis, blaming Europe and Germany in particular for 'misleading' people by encouraging the impression that Europe can accommodate their needs and wants. Orban further contended that the people coming over the border are refugees, claiming instead that they are posing as refugees in order to get into the EU. He argued, therefore, that European leaders need to discourage routes of migration into Europe. As of Friday, Hungary has closed the border with Serbia and made it an offence to cross the border without documentation, punishable with three years in prison. Furthermore, authorities have set up "transfer zones" to process the people arriving in the country, seeking to deport those it judges to not be 'genuine' refugees.

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An Iraqi refugee told of how he was separated from his family, including his pregnant wife, by Hungarian authorities after arriving in the country, as he spoke in the Bicske camp, Friday.

"I am from Iraq, my name is Qais Muhammed, my wife's name is Sara Madlul and my brother's name is Lawan Muhammed. They took all three of us together to the centre, no food, no water. We slept outside, bad treatment and bad manners. They put my wife somewhere, my brother elsewhere, and my wife is pregnant. I am here and I do not know where my brother is, I do not know where my wife is. We fled death, came here to find death receive us," Qais Muhammed said of his ordeal.

Hungarian authorities have taken radical measures in early September to deal with the unprecedented numbers of people crossing their borders, many without documentation. Firstly, they closed the main station with trains leading to Austria, Germany and other European destinations. This led to a temporary encampment being set up around Keleti station, housing around 3,000 refugees. When the station re-opened, many boarded trains that were destined for processing and detention camps, not other countries as they thought. Thousands have protested against the authorities.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has taken a strong line on the crisis, blaming Europe and Germany in particular for 'misleading' people by encouraging the impression that Europe can accommodate their needs and wants. Orban further contended that the people coming over the border are refugees, claiming instead that they are posing as refugees in order to get into the EU. He argued, therefore, that European leaders need to discourage routes of migration into Europe. As of Friday, Hungary has closed the border with Serbia and made it an offence to cross the border without documentation, punishable with three years in prison. Furthermore, authorities have set up "transfer zones" to process the people arriving in the country, seeking to deport those it judges to not be 'genuine' refugees.

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