Polish mothers protested held under the banner "Mothers at the Border," against migrant pushbacks at the border with Belarus and demanded they get humanitarian help. Protesters carrying signs like "Border of Death" and chanting "shame" and "no one is illegal" called on the Polish government to lift a three-month state of emergency so that aid workers could help migrants.
The Polish government built a barbed-wire fence along the Belarus border and declared a state of emergency that stopped journalists and charities from accessing the area. Migrants trying to cross the border into the EU have been forced back by thousands of extra border guards drafted in by Poland. Belarusian forces have also blocked the way back, leaving the migrants with nowhere to go. Exhausted and suffering from the cold, the migrants try nightly to reach Poland but are often attacked and pushed back.
"We can't stand idly by when children are spending weeks in cold, wet, dark forests on Polish territory — without food, drink and access to shelter," the organizers said.
Former Polish first lady Anna Komorowska explained, "We particularly reject the inhumane treatment of children."
Danuta Walesa, wife of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa also supported the appeal.