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Two Nigerians on holiday in Croatia were rounded up and sent to Bosnia

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Reportage. We spoke with the two by phone in a detention center in Bosnia, where they remain locked up one week after newspapers first reported the racist error that sucked them into Europe’s anti-migrant police state.

written by Alessandra Briganti

Topic Refugees

December 13, 2019

“They’re treating us like criminals. Please, get us out of here.” There’s so much anger and despair behind the words of Eboh Kenneth Chinedu, the Nigerian student who flew to Croatia a month ago to participate in an international sports tournament and ended up stranded at a migrant reception center in Velika Kladusa, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, together with fellow student Abia Uchenna Alexandro.

On the phone, Eboh recalls the events of the evening when their nightmare began. “We’ve been telling the truth: it was the Croatian police who brought us here by force. They stopped us and took us to the police station. We explained to them that we were there for a sports tournament, that we were travelling with regular visas, but they wouldn’t listen to us. At one point, we were loaded into a van with other people. It was night, and they told us we were going to Bosnia, but we didn’t........

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