Belarus-Poland crisis: Death and misery at the border
By Abiodun Ogundairo
19 November 2021 | 10:49 am
Belarus has signaled its intention to talk with the EU over the humanitarian situation at the Polish-Belarusian border. But the deadlock has proven fatal for some of the thousands stranded while trying to reach the EU.
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