Hamid Ahmadi still can feel the cold of the February night when Serbian police left him and two dozen other refugees in a forest.
Crammed into a police van, the refugees from Afghanistan thought they were headed to an asylum-seekers’ camp in eastern Serbia. Instead, they were ordered out near the country’s border with Bulgaria in the middle of that night four years ago. In below-freezing temperatures and desperately in need of help, they had no choice but to head to Bulgaria — the country they had left just a day earlier.
“I will not forget it as long as I live,” said Ahmadi, who was 17 at the time and now lives in Germany. “Even after a period of good life and stability, one cannot forget the tough times.”
The Serbian border police had engaged in a pushback, or collective expulsion, one of many such actions along the travel…
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