Refugees in Belarus “Even If We Have To Try 17 Times, I’m Not Giving Up”

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko is luring refugees from the Middle East to his country with the promise they will be allowed to seek asylum in Germany. But the borders are closed and thousands of people seeking protection are now stranded in Minsk.
By Christina Hebel in Minsk
Ali (left), a refugee from northern Iraq, with one of his friends in Minsk

Ali (left), a refugee from northern Iraq, with one of his friends in Minsk

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Refugees in Minsk walking near the Galleria shopping center.

Refugees in Minsk walking near the Galleria shopping center.

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Refugees pack their belongings in the courtyard of a hotel in Minsk.

Refugees pack their belongings in the courtyard of a hotel in Minsk.

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Ali shows one of the routes to the Polish border on his mobile phone.

Ali shows one of the routes to the Polish border on his mobile phone.

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Human rights activist Alena Chekhovich of the organization Human Constanta

Human rights activist Alena Chekhovich of the organization Human Constanta

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A refugee with a baby in Minsk

A refugee with a baby in Minsk

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