Finally! Kamel, one of the Röszke 11, was the last one to be released from a closed camp in Hungary and was able to make his way to Austria. There, he could join his family again, from which he was separated for almost one and a half years. We are very happy about this news and continue to demand: Freedom for the last two of the Röszke 11 who are still in prison, Yamen and Ahmed! Freedom for all other prisoners of the European border system! Freedom of Movement for All!
„We are refugees and we were put in prison. Why?
We were fleeing war. What is this Europe? We fled from one death trap to the next!“
Read the full interview with Kamel and B., his wife, which was conducted by individuals of the Free the Röszke 11 campaign...
„We are refugees and we were put in prison. Why? We were fleeing war. What is this Europe? We fled from one death trap to the next!“
Interview with Kamel and B., his wife
(This Interview was conducted by individuals of the Free the Röszke 11 campaign)
Kamel: „I was punished completely unjustified. I have not done anything and still they put me in prison. We left our country because we were fleeing death. I was seeking a future for my kids and family. And then I ended up in prison. I was separated from my family for one year and 4 month. It was very hard. People should know about and feel our suffering of the past years!“
What happened during the Protest in Röszke in September 2015? Why do you think they took you out of the crowd?
K.: „We were in the front, me and my family, in the firs row. They said that there is a priority for families, that we should go in the first row with the children. So we went to the front, with my little daughters. But then the police started attacking. I was so afraid for my children, my family! they arrested many people and they separated women and men from each other. They said for investigation. This is how I got separated from my family.
B.: I was arrested as well and taken to prison for 3 days with the kids. There were only men there. I was very afraid and I did not know what was happening to my husband. After three days we were put in an open camp close to the Austrian border. I asked everyone about my husband. They said that they will investigate about my husband and then bring him to me. But nothing happened. I plead: „I just need to know where my husband is!“ I didn’t have a phone and nothing. I was all by myself with my children. I asked people and the Red Cross to help me find my husband. I thought maybe he is dead.
I went to Austria with my two children and finally, after two month of not knowing what is happening with my husband and whether he is still alive, I heard of him again.
K.: After two month in prison, without knowing what is going on, a lawyer came to me. Through him I could finally contact my brother who got in contact with my wife. After 2 month! Then, all the accusations started to come in, about me throwing stones and hitting the police. I don’t know why they picked me!
On this day, so many people were present. Also Journalists and organisations and the UNHCR. They had absolutely no proof that I did anything. Everyone saw this. There were so many cameras. We were only there in the front because they said that we should come forward because we are a family. It is all on camera: how the police open the gate and everyone was so happy. And then the police attacked us. I was gathering my children. I was holding them. How could I have done anything with my child in my arm? I was just so afraid for them. My daughter asked: Why baba, why are they attacking us? They attacked us with teargas and hit us. How can they accuse us of hitting them? we have not done anything! I was holding my daughter! And for that we were separated for one year and half and I was put in prison.
We are refugees and we were put in prison. Why? We were fleeing war. What is this Europe? We fled from one death trap to the next!
What happened afterwards? What happened in Prison?
K.:It was the first time for me in prison. I have never done anything bad. It was very hard, psychologically, very hard. I am still tired. We were in prison with criminals, they were harassing us, stealing our blankets. We were in a room with a murderer, who got 25 years. And we, we did nothing.
B.: For me it was so much stress. first not knowing where he is and then knowing he is in prison for nothing and not knowing when he will be released. I tried to learn here. But it is difficult to concentrate on learning a new language with so much stress. But thank god, the kids are doing very well.
What happened in the court? How did you experience the court hearings?
K.: It was just slow and every two month our prison time was prolonged. And they didn’t have one single evidence. Our lawyer put in so many requests for evidence being looked at, proof that we didn’t do anything, but it was always rejected. They didn’t have one single proof that we did anything.
What are your plans for the future?
K: We came for the safety of our family and for the future of our children. Our lives were at risk. We are from Feluja, Iraq. It is ISIS territory. Now it is completely destroyed. 90% of the city is destroyed. Electricity, hospitals, schools, our house, everything destroyed.
I want a future for my children. I am grateful to be here. My children will have a future here. They go to school, they learn. My relatives fled to Kirkuk (Iraqi-Kurdistan). They are living in a refugee camp, they don’t have a house and nothing, it is very very hard and tiring there. So I am glad to finally be here. Here we have a future!
20th of September, 9 am
Re-Trial, 2nd level court
Szegedi Ítélőtábla (Regional Court of Appeal)
Sóhordó utca 5
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