Polish collective Oramics are releasing a charity compilation in response to the refugee crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border.
‘Cut The Wire’, which will be released on 11th October, takes in 21 tracks by Polish and international artists. Among the Polish artists contributing music to the release are Oramics collective member Avtomat, Semprey and IKARVS, while music by Loraine James and Octo Octa also features.
Proceeds from all sales of the compilation will go to Fundacja Ocalenie (Rescue Foundation), an organisation helping migrants at the Polish-Belarusian border.
The worsening humanitarian crisis at the border is seeing people from the Middle East, South Asia, and Northern and Central Africa crossing the external European Union border in the hope of finding refuge.
Explaining the situation, a note shared by Oramics reads: “Polish border troops are facilitating a process which is both nationally and internationally recognised as illegal, the so-called pushbacks. This brutal practice pushes the refugees from Polish territory back under the gunpoint of Belarusian border patrol who then use the same tactic and push the people back onto the Polish side. Consequently, the exhausted migrants are repeatedly chased away from one side to the other.
“Polish border patrol keeps ignoring the refugees’ repeated declarations telling them that they want to seek international protection in Poland. It breaches the law, according to which the border patrol should accept the application for protection and start adequate procedures and not keep these people outdoors for weeks. The temperatures in Eastern Poland are dropping day by day, which will cause more deaths by hypothermia, starvation, and exhaustion.”
A number of deaths from hypothermia have been reported at the border in recent weeks.
You can purchase the compilation here.