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Afghan travels across Europe strapped under bus 阿富汗青年綁公車下橫越歐洲

A would-be immigrant looks out of a window in a detention camp for illegal migrants in Chop, a small town in western Ukraine, just a few dozen kilometers from the border with Slovakia, Hungary and Poland, on Feb. 6, 2009.
二月六日,一位偷渡客從恰普非法移民拘留營的窗戶往外看;恰普是烏克蘭西部一個小鎮,離斯洛伐克、匈牙利和波蘭的邊界僅數十公里遠。
照片:路透

PHOTO: REUTERS

An Afghan youth survived a 30-hour journey from Athens strapped underneath a bus, only to discover that he had arrived in Poland and not his chosen destination Italy, border guards said last week.

“The man, aged 19, was hidden near the gear box, attached with a belt,” Elzbieta Pikor, spokesman for the Polish border guard, told AFP.

Polish transport mechanics had discovered him as they were checking the bus.

“Italia?” the young man asked as he emerged from his hiding place after the 2,800km journey.

In fact, he had arrived in Nowa Deba, southern Poland, having picked the wrong bus, another from the same line having left Athens for Italy.

“He was exhausted, frozen and starving, but in good health,” said Pikor.

The would-be immigrant had traveled through Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia along the way, the gear cable scratching his face every time the bus changed gears.

He was carrying no papers and gave his name only as Yahiya, saying he was from the Afghan capital Kabul.

He will be kept in a Polish detention center pending a decision on his request for refugee status.(AFP)

邊防警察上週表示,一名阿富汗青年把自己綁在一輛從雅典出發的公車下,挺過三十個小時的路程後,卻發現他到了波蘭,而非預定抵達的義大利。

波蘭邊防警察發言人艾茲貝塔.皮可對法新社表示:「這個十九歲男孩用一條皮帶固定,藏身在變速箱旁。」

波蘭運輸維修技師在檢查這輛巴士時發現他。

這名年輕人歷經兩千八百公里的路程後,從藏匿處出來時問:「到義大利了?」

事實上,他到了波蘭南部的諾瓦德巴,他從雅典出發時搞錯公車,錯過另一輛開往義大利的同線公車。

皮可說:「他整個人筋疲力盡、又凍又餓,但健康狀況良好。」

這名偷渡客一路行經了馬其頓、塞爾維亞、匈牙利和斯洛伐克,每次公車換檔時,變速鋼索就會劃破他的臉。

他身上沒有任何證件,而且只願意透露他叫亞夕亞,他說他來自阿富汗首都喀布爾。

在等候波蘭政府審理他申請的難民庇護期間,他會被關在波蘭的臨時拘留所。(法新社╱翻譯:袁星塵)

EXTRA INFO 小小百科

The tiny state of Andorra has the highest percentage of foreign-born residents in Europe, with 77 percent of its 82,000 people born outside the country.

安道爾這個小國八萬兩千人口中有七成七的國民生於國外,是歐洲外籍移民比例最高的國家。


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