Athens, Greece – A five-year-old Syrian lady, who was amongst a gaggle of refugees and migrants, is known to have died on a Greek islet on the Evros River.
Her mother and father have submerged the lady’s physique in river water in an try and hold it cool, as Greek authorities seem unable to find the group.
These nonetheless on the islet with the lady’s stays say she died within the early hours of Tuesday after being stung by a scorpion, two days after they had been stranded there.
One other lady, who’s 9, stays in crucial situation. She can be understood to have been stung by a scorpion.
They’re a part of a gaggle of 39 asylum seekers, a few of whom are trapped for a second time on this unnamed islet after repeated alleged pushbacks between Turkey and Greece.
One member of the group, 27-year-old Baida, additionally from Syria, has been sending frantic messages to legal professionals and journalists because the reported dying.
“A lady died. A toddler. She’s useless. I can do nothing,” she mentioned in a WhatsApp voice word despatched to a gaggle together with this reporter.
She posted photographs of the lady on her again along with her eyes closed, mendacity on a patch of grass on the islet.
In one other message, she questioned why the youngsters haven’t acquired any assist.
“Nobody hears our voices,” she mentioned.
For now, the mother and father of the five-year-old have positioned her within the river’s water to maintain her physique cool.
“When you hear our voices please assist us,” Baida mentioned. “The opposite lady would possibly die tomorrow.”
The refugees say they had been pressured on the islet by Turkish authorities on August 7.
The Evros land border is a frequent crossing level for these wishing to assert asylum in Europe, however many reviews have documented violent Greek pushbacks in current months, in addition to incidents the place individuals have been made to cross by Turkish authorities.
The stranded refugees and migrants, who on the time of writing stay trapped on the island, want to declare asylum in Greece.
Greek authorities have been notified of their location and activists have made emergency calls on their behalf to police, however officers say that they haven’t been capable of find the group.
On Tuesday, the European Courtroom of Human Rights issued an order stating that the trapped asylum seekers shouldn’t be faraway from Greek territory and that they need to be supplied with meals, water and sufficient medical care.
Of their messages, members of the group describe what quantities to a geopolitical ping-pong recreation, being pushed forwards and backwards throughout the land border by Greek and Turkish authorities for weeks within the extremely militarised border zone during which no lawyer, human rights organisations or journalists can legally enter.
Some had been initially stranded in the identical location in late July, having tried to cross the border from Turkey.
They are saying they survived on meals scraps, nuts and muddy water from the river earlier than being returned to Turkey by Greek authorities.
Then, they accused Turkish authorities of holding them in navy barracks, and later bringing them again throughout to the river and ordering them — at gunpoint — to cross once more into Greek territory.
Al Jazeera has contacted Greek and Turkish officers in an try and confirm the main points of those alleged incidents however had not acquired a response by the point of writing.
Longtime foes, NATO members Athens and Ankara are presently locked in rows on a number of fronts, together with the refugee subject and oil and gasoline exploration within the Jap Mediterranean.
‘We’re very anxious … particularly for the youngsters’
The stranded refugees’ place on Greek territory has been verified by a location one of many asylum seekers despatched through WhatsApp.
The Greek Council of Refugees and HumanRights360, that are representing the group of refugees, have additionally knowledgeable the European Union border company Frontex, the UN refugee company, the Greek ombudsman and members of the European Parliament of this location in an try and safe their rescue.
“We’re very anxious in regards to the scenario of the 39 refugees and particularly for the youngsters,” Evgenia Kouniaki, a lawyer for the Greece-based HumanRights360 and Maria Papamina, coordinator of the authorized unit of the Greek Council for Refugees, advised Al Jazeera in a joint assertion.
“The violations of human rights on the Greek-Turkish borders are a merciless actuality. Deaths, pushbacks, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances and folks left hopeless within the islets. The dying of the five-year-old lady proves how irrational and murderous this coverage is.”
The Border Violence Monitoring Community, which paperwork pushbacks which might be unlawful underneath worldwide legislation, mentioned in a press release that Turkish and Greek authorities had been “utilizing people-on-the-move as items in a political recreation”.