At the beginning one caveat: from today I will write about them “refugees” and not “migrants”. I saw these people with my own eyes. Such a wild determination to look for a home to live thousands of kilometers from their place of birth can only have those who suffer numerous harm in their homelands.
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After my last text about refugees sending Polish volunteers fewer and fewer pushpins, there was a lively discussion on Facebook.
People were asked, among other things, from where do these people get their smartphones, how it happens that they stay charged for a long time, whether there are electrical sockets in the woods, or whether someone brings electricity to these people. It was noted that the hungry, scared, and depressed newcomers who had spent long nights and days in the forest had working equipment in their hands! Here and there there were also accusations against refugees that they were sometimes well dressed. Pictures of them have been seen wearing warm, waterproof jackets or hiking boots.
Sometimes such remarks and comments are motivated by sheer curiosity. Sometimes, unfortunately, they are supposed to constitute alleged evidence that these people – those who come from far away – do not deserve any help. I decided to collect some news to help readers learn more about the refugee’s journey to the new world. So that everyone can form their own opinion on the basis of the information. I gathered all this information on the spot, watching the numerous interventions of volunteers and the Border Guard against refugees, and talking with their participants.
A smartphone, powerbank, waterproof jacket and trekking shoes are the equipment of the fugitive
The basic equipment of a refugee who wants to travel through Belarus to Europe includes: a smartphone, a powerbank, a waterproof and windproof jacket, hand warmers, trekking shoes, thermal clothing and high-energy food (e.g. special bars). You can actually find several power banks in refugee backpacks. If someone flees his homeland forever, he is thoroughly preparing for it.
Anyway, you don’t have to be a crescent to have a smartphone. In the 21st century, basically everyone has such cameras. But yes, all this equipment is quite expensive. It is clear from the stories of the escapees that they have been preparing for their departure for a long time. They run their entire life savings, sell their possessions. In Western Europe there are relatives and friends of those people who organize fundraising in their communities. Future refugees also often borrow from their relatives or, even worse, from sentry groups. Many of these poor people have a debt before leaving their homeland, which they will have to pay off later.
A working smartphone and energy storage device are, like warm clothes and shoes, a matter of life and death on such a trip. Only a working phone can send a digital pin, i.e. information about your location. For a tourist, a pushpin is an interesting location recommended to him by a friend. For a volunteer from the border it is a cry for help. A sign that there is someone in the forest who has been in an emergency.
Belarusians warn refugees that the journey will be difficult. On site, they offer them equipment for draconian amounts
Even before leaving their home country, refugees know they are on a long journey. Offices and smugglers who offer a flight to Belarus, and then a transfer across the Belarusian-Polish border, inform in advance that the entire escapade may take months, and that you need to take precautions. Already in Belarus, they offer their victims equipment for draconian amounts. I know this directly from the migrants I spoke to …
The Belarusian services also allow refugees to charge electronic equipment at specially prepared points near the border, of course on the other side. After all, it is no secret that Lukashenka’s regime helps these people to get across the border. He’s actually pushing them out because of her.
When the refugee, or even the whole family, finds himself on the Polish side, in a dense forest, it saves a lot of batteries. This is why he refrains from contacting him, even with his immediate family, in order to be able to send a digital pin with his location at a critical moment or to maintain contact with the “courier”. And this is how an ordinary battery can save human life.