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Today, we’re taking a firm stand against the inhumane and degrading treatment of refugees at the Poland-Belarus border. On behalf of all concerned Polish mothers, we appeal to the government, which refuses to provide the necessary help itself, to let humanitarian and civil society organizations be provided with medical and legal assistance so that they can do their job.
We especially object to the inhumane treatment of children. We - Polish women and mothers – refuse to be placed in the role of passive observers of the drama that is unfolding before our eyes. The Polish state has enough instruments to separate those who pose a security threat from those who need help. Stigmatizing refugees and using their tragedy for self-serving political purposes is unacceptable.
We want to express our sincere gratitude to all the good-willed people throughout the country who help those in need. We are especially thankful to all the people working at the border zone. We thank the doctors and volunteer rescuers from the Medics on the Border (Medycy na Granicy) group, NGOs, local authorities, and local residents for all their help. Thank you for turning on the green light in the windows of your homes.
Danuta Wałęsa, Jolanta Kwaśniewska, Anna Komorowska
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