• Over 7,400 Deaths on Migration Routes Across Africa in Last Five Years, IOM Figures Show

    African migrants are perishing at a rate of about 25 persons per week – or about 1,300 annually – on the African continent, even before embarking on perilous sea journeys to Europe or the Arabian Peninsula. Since 2014 over 7,400 men, women and children have died in transit across Africa, new records published today by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP) show.

    These recently added records bring the total number of deaths documented on the African continent to 573 in 2019, and 7,401 in the last five years. Moreover, these figures fail to capture the true scale of the tragedy, as they represent only fatalities which have been reported.

    The new records are based on hundreds of eyewitness accounts collected from migrants through surveys by the Mixed Migration Centre’s Monitoring Mechanism Initiative (4Mi: http://www.mixedmigration.org/4mi). The interviews with migrants were conducted by 4Mi between December 2018 and April 2019 in West, North and East Africa and were analysed by the Missing Migrants Project team before being added to its MMP database.

    However, 4Mi interviews covered only a small sample of the total number of migrants on the move in Africa – meaning that hundreds of additional deaths likely remain unreported and, of course, uncounted.

    Nonetheless, due to the absence of other sources of information, surveys such as those conducted by 4Mi reveal important information about migrants’ experiences, including the risks to life that people face during their journeys.

    Records show that thousands of people lose their lives as they journey through North Africa, where 4,400 deaths have been reported since 2014. However, deaths in this region are not well documented, and the true number of lives lost during migration remains unknown.

    Migration routes in Sub-Saharan Africa also are dangerous, as demonstrated by the 1,830 deaths recorded by the project since 2014. Many of these deaths were recorded in West Africa, where 240 people were reported dead in 2019.

    Overland routes in the Horn of Africa and the perilous sea passage across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea have claimed the lives of at least 1,171 people since 2014. Migrants reported having witnessed others die from starvation, dehydration, exposure to harsh weather conditions, vehicle accidents and violence at the hands of smugglers.

    Unfortunately, survey data contain no information on the identities of those whom survey participants witnessed die. Beyond initiatives like 4Mi, little efforts have been made to collect more information on people who die on migration journeys in the African continent. Their remains may never be recovered, nor their deaths investigated. Their deaths may also not be known by their families, who are forced to navigate daily life with the pain of not knowing whether their loved one is alive or dead.

    For the latest data on migrant deaths in Africa, visit the Missing Migrants Project website here (https://missingmigrants.iom.int/region/africa). Anonymized Missing Migrants Project data can be downloaded from missingmigrants.iom.int/downloads.

    For more information on the strengths and weaknesses of different data sources on deaths during migration, including survey data, please see Fatal Journeys Volume 3, Part 1: https://publications.iom.int/books/fatal-journeys-volume-3-part-1-improving-data-missing-migrants


    #décès #morts #Afrique #désert #Sahara #IOM #OIM #statistiques #chiffres #mourir_dans_le_désert
    ping @reka @karine4

  • Message de @isskein :
    procès de Scott Warren - délit de solidarité aux USA

    29 mai premier jour du procès de #Scott_Warren, membre du groupe #No_More_Deaths qui aide les migrants perdus dans le désert d’Arizona, arrêté le 17 janvier 2018
    il est accusé de « complot criminel de transport et d’hébergement de migrants illégaux » pour avoir hébergé deux migrants dans une grange. Il risque 20 ans de prison.

    à l’été 2017 9 volontaires de No More Deaths, la plupart ne venant pas d’#Arizona, laissent des bidons d’#eau dans le désert ; ils sont accusés d’utilisation frauduleuse de véhicule et d’abandon de possessions - bref de jeter des ordures - dans une réserve fédérale, délits susceptibles d’un maximum de 6 mois
    Scott Warren a été arrêté peu après la publication d’un rapport documentant des abus de la U.S. Border Patrol.
    https://theintercept.com/2018/01/23/no-more-deaths-arizona-border-littering-charges-immigration (article de 2018 ne mentionnant alors que des peines de 5 ans)

    #désert #mourir_dans_le_désert #mourir_aux_frontières #frontières #migrations #asile #réfugiés #USA #Etats-Unis #Mexique #procès #délit_de_solidarité #solidarité

    Plus sur le groupe No More Deaths sur seenthis :

    Et #Scott_Warren est... géographe, « college geography instructor »

    • Extending ’Zero Tolerance’ To People Who Help Migrants Along The Border

      Arrests of people for harboring, sheltering, leaving food and water or otherwise protecting migrants have been on the rise since 2017, when then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered federal prosecutors to prioritize cases covered under the harboring statute.

      Scott Warren, a 36-year-old college geography instructor from Ajo, Ariz., works with a group called called No More Deaths or No Mas Muertes. The group’s volunteers leave water and food for migrants traversing the Arizona desert.

      Warren was arrested in 2017 and faces three felony counts including conspiracy to transport and harbor migrants. In its complaint, the government claims Warren was seen talking to two migrants who sheltered in Ajo. He denies being part of any sheltering plan.

      “It is scary to be intimidated like this and to be targeted but there really is no choice,” said Warren. He believes the government is violating his right to religious freedom by criminalizing his spiritual belief that mandates he help people in distress.

      “For the government, it’s kind of been an expansion of the interpretation of what it means to harbor,” he suggested.

      The stretch of desert near Ajo can be deadly. The Pima County Medical Examiner has documented 250 migrant deaths in the area since 2001. In the same time frame, thousands have died of dehydration and exposure in the Arizona borderlands.

      “It is life or death here. And a decision not to give somebody food or or water could lead to that person dying,” Warren said.

      ’Can I be compassionate?’

      Nine and half hours away by car from Ajo, in the west Texas town of Marfa, another case is unfolding that pits the government against a four-time elected city and county attorney, Teresa Todd.

      She is under investigation for human smuggling after stopping to help three migrants alongside the road at night in February, 2019.

      “I see a young man in a white shirt. He runs out toward the road where I am,” Todd recounted. She says the man was pleading for assistance. “I can’t just leave this guy on the side of the road. I have to go see if I can help.”

      The young man told Todd that his sister, 18-year-old Esmeralda, was in trouble.

      “I mean, she can hardly walk, she’s very dazed,” recalled Todd.

      The migrants took shelter in Todd’s car while she called and texted a friend who is the legal counsel for the local U.S. Border Patrol, asking for advice. Before that friend could reply, a sheriff’s deputy showed up. The deputy called in the U.S. Border Patrol.

      An agent was soon reading Todd her Miranda rights. Eight days later, a Department of Homeland Security investigator accompanied by a Texas Ranger arrived at Todd’s office with a search warrant for her cellphone. Todd says she was told she’d have the phone back in a matter of hours.

      “It makes people have to question, ’Can I be compassionate’?”

      Todd’s phone was returned 53 days later.

      The sheriff of Presidio County, Danny Dominguez, whose deputy called the Border Patrol, defended the action against Todd. He said anyone with undocumented migrants in their car risks arrest.

      A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the western district of Texas declined comment on Todd’s case.

      Todd is unrepentant: “I feel like I did the right thing. I don’t feel I did anything wrong.”

      Speaking by phone from the migrant detention center in Sierra Blanca, Texas, Esmeralda said of Todd, “I’m really grateful to her.” She said doctors told her she was on the brink of death by the time she got to the hospital.

      Figures confirmed to NPR by TRAC, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, show that in fiscal year 2018 there were more than 4,500 people federally charged for bringing in and harboring migrants. That is a more than 30% increase since 2015, with the greatest rise coming after Sessions’ order to prioritize harboring cases.

      “With these prosecutions, the government is saying, ’we’re extending our zero tolerance policy to Good Samaritans,’” said Ranjana Natarajan, director of the Civil Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. “People shouldn’t be helping migrants even if they might be at threat of death.”

      Accused of human smuggling

      Ana Adlerstein, a U.S. citizen and volunteer at a Mexican migrant shelter, has her own story to tell. Earlier this month, Adlerstein accompanied a migrant seeking asylum from Sonora, Mexico to the U.S. border crossing at Lukeville, Ariz. Adlerstein was present to observe the process. Instead, she says she was detained by Customs and Border Protection officers for several hours.

      “I was accused of human smuggling,” she stated.

      Border officials had been forewarned that a migrant seeking asylum was coming that day, accompanied by a U.S. citizen. Under current law, once a migrant steps onto U.S. soil, he or she can request asylum.

      “If that’s not how you’re supposed to seek asylum at a port of entry, how are you supposed to seek asylum in this country?” Adlerstein asked.

      U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined comment on Adlerstein’s specific claims. In an email, a CBP spokesperson added:

      “All persons entering the country, including U.S. citizens, are subject to examination and search. CBP uses diverse factors to refer individuals for selected examinations and there are instances when this process may take longer than normal. CBP is committed to ensuring the agency is able to execute its missions while protecting the human rights, civil rights, and dignity of those with whom we come in contact.”

      Adlerstein has not been charged but has received subsequent calls from a DHS investigator.

      In Texas, Teresa Todd is waiting to find out if she will be indicted for human smuggling.

      As for Scott Warren, he faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all three felony counts, a prospect he can’t even contemplate.

      #statistiques #chiffres

    • Scott Warren Provided Food & Water to Migrants in Arizona; He Now Faces Up to 20 Years in Prison

      An Arizona humanitarian aid volunteer goes to trial today for providing water, food, clean clothes and beds to two undocumented migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. If convicted, Scott Warren could spend up to 20 years in prison. Warren, an activist with the Tucson-based No More Deaths, is charged with three felony counts of allegedly “harboring” undocumented immigrants. For years, No More Deaths and other humanitarian aid groups in southern Arizona have left water and food in the harsh Sonoran Desert, where the temperature often reaches three digits during summer, to help refugees and migrants survive the deadly journey across the U.S. border. Warren was arrested on January 17, 2018, just hours after No More Deaths released a report detailing how U.S. Border Patrol agents had intentionally destroyed more than 3,000 gallons of water left out for migrants crossing the border. The group also published a video showing border agents dumping out jugs of water in the desert. Hours after the report was published, authorities raided the Barn, a No More Deaths aid camp in Ajo, where they found two migrants who had sought temporary refuge. We speak with Scott Warren and his fellow No More Deaths volunteer and activist Catherine Gaffney in Tucson.


    • Daily Trial Updates

      Day 3 – June 3, 2019

      We began the day with a powerful press conference featuring immigrant justice advocates from across the country. Patty Miller (Arivaca, AZ,) spoke on behalf of People Helping People in the Border Zone and the Rural Border Communities Coalition, followed by James Cordero and Jacqueline Arellano from Border Angeles (San Diego), Ravi Ragbir of the New Sanctuary Coalition (NYC) and Kaji Douša, Senior Pastor at The Park Avenue Christian Church in Manhattan.
      The prosecution continued to build their “case” against Scott, spending most of the day playing video recordings of the testimony given by the two undocumented Central American men–José and Kristian–who were arrested with Scott. (Note we will be using only the first names of deposed witnesses to respect privacy).
      Prosecutors attempted to erase the hardships experienced by undocumented people crossing the borderlands. One of the two witnesses, Kristian, testified that he had been traveling since October 4th, 2017 from his home in El Salvador. By the time of the arrest, he had been traveling for over three months and walking in the desert for two days. This is very different from the government narrative which claims the men were traveling for mere hours before they encountered help.
      During their journey, José and Kristian experienced the routine and deadly Border Patrol apprehension method known as chase and scatter–a practice in which Border Patrol agents pursue migrants in vehicles, on foot, or in helicopters, forcing them to scatter into the desert. In the chaos, the two men lost their belongings, including “food and two gallons of water.” The No More Deaths Abuse Documentation Working Group has provided extensive documentation of the lethal impacts of this deadly apprehension method in our report series, The Disappeared.
      José and Kristian testified that after arriving at the Barn, Scott gave them food, water, blankets and a place to rest. There was no evidence that Scott made any plans to transport them, hide them from law enforcement, or instruct them on how to evade any Border Patrol checkpoints.
      Border Patrol Forensic Phone Analyst Rogelio Velasco gave a rundown of the contents of Scott Warren’s phone–he summarized 14,000 pages of emails and texts into a one page report. One part of his analysis showed the day José and Kristian arrived at the barn, Scott called a nurse and a doctor on the No More Deaths medical team. When asked why Velasco didn’t review the myriad other emails and texts discussing Scott’s humanitarian work, he replied, “I was looking for elements of criminality. If it wasn’t relevant then I skipped it.”

      Day 2 – May 30, 2019

      We began the day with Pastor Allison Harrington of Southside Presbyterian Church sharing the poem “Imagine the Angels of Bread” by Martin Espada along with a morning prayer.
      Court opened with Border Patrol Agent John Marquez being cross-examined by the defense. He made it abundantly clear that he relied on racial profiling to determine the two men at the barn were migrants, claiming “they matched the description” of two migrants BP was looking for. However, when pressed by the defense, Agent Marquez admitted that he did not know whether they were “short, tall, fat, skinny, bearded, young, old, or even male.” He stated “In my experience, they appeared to be “Other Than Mexican.”
      Agent Marquez also stated that January 17, 2018 was the first time Border Patrol agents in Ajo set up surveillance at the Barn. This happened just hours after No More Deaths released a report called The Disappeared Part 2: Interference on Humanitarian and video of agents destroying humanitarian aid supplies.
      Second to take the stand was Border Patrol Agent Brendan Burns, who was the one who first referred to the migrants as “toncs”.
      According to Agent Burns, when he approached the Barn that day, defendant Scott Warren told him that it was private property and a humanitarian aid space. He also asked the Agents to leave the property. Burns ignored him because, according to his surveillance, “the aliens didn’t appear to be in need of humanitarian aid.” When asked by the defense whether he has any medical credentials, the agent admitted to having none.
      Five days after the arrests, a search warrant was issued for the Barn. Evidence seized included a receipt for a cherry coke, banana nut muffin and chips, a fridge note saying “bagels from flagstaff!” and a list of supplies for a camping trip.

      Day 1 – May 29, 2019

      After a moving press conference in the morning, a jury was selected of 15 people — 12 jurors and 3 alternates.
      In his opening argument this afternoon, US Attorney Nathaniel Walters claimed that “this case is not about humanitarian aid,” urging jurors to ignore the realities of death and disappearance happening in the desert surrounding Ajo, Arizona.
      The prosecution’s entire case for the charge of “conspiracy to harbor and transport” undocumented migrants appeared to hinge on the fact that two undocumented men arrived at the Barn, “and then Scott showed up” a few hours later.
      The prosecution also harped on the fact that the men had “eaten food” prior to arriving at the Barn, apparently arguing that because the two men split one burrito after walking for two days through the desert, they were not in need of food or water
      Lawyers for the defense firmly asserted in their opening arguments that this case IS about humanitarian aid, and that Scott’s actions must be understood as a part of his deep knowledge of suffering throughout the desert and commitment to working to end it. “Scott intended one thing: to provide basic human kindness in the form of humanitarian aid.”
      The government also argued that Scott was pointing out known landmarks to the two migrants. “Defendant appeared to be pointing out different features, lots of hand motions. I could not hear them but there were hand gestures, up and down, in wave motions, rolling hills, pointing to known points of interest.” However, as the defense firmly stated “orientation is just as much of a human right as is food, water, and shelter.” In the context of death and disappearance in the desert, knowing where you are can save your life.
      The government called their first witness, Border Patrol Agent John Marquez. Marquez testified to setting up surveillance on the Barn on January 17, 2018 and seeing Scott speaking with two men, who he presumed were undocumented based on “ill-fitting clothing” and the fact that they were “scanning the horizon.” No evidence was presented that Scott intended to hide or conceal anyone. Judge Collins called an end to the day before the defense’s cross-examination of Marquez.



      Trial continued this afternoon with video testimony from José, the other material witness arrested with Scott, who confirmed that he and Kristian were both hungry, cold, and very tired when they arrived at the barn.

      José also described their experience of being scattered by the #BorderPatrol, and how most of the men in his group had to stop walking because they were so beat up from spending just one day in the desert.

      Chase and scatter is just one of the deadly apprehension tactics used by BP which result in increased numbers of deaths and disappearances. “Prevention through Deterrence” is the name of the overall strategy of pushing migrants deep into the desert.



    • In Scott Warren’s No More Deaths Trial, Prosecutors Attempt to Paint a Web of Conspiracy

      For nearly a year and a half, U.S. government prosecutors in Arizona have sought to make an example out of Scott Warren. The 36-year-old geographer and border-based humanitarian aid volunteer was arrested with two undocumented migrants on January 17, 2018, and accused of providing the men with food, water, and a place to sleep over three days. A month later, a grand jury indicted him on two counts of harboring and one count of conspiracy, bringing the total amount time he could spend in prison — if convicted on all counts and sentenced to consecutive terms — to 20 years.

      Warren’s trial began in Tucson on Wednesday, marking the start of the most consequential prosecution of an American humanitarian aid provider in at least a decade. On Monday, assistant U.S. attorneys Anna Wright and Nathaniel J. Walters, who together have spearheaded an aggressive and controversial prosecutorial campaign against immigrant rights defenders in the Sonoran Desert, called their final witness to the stand.

      Over three and a half days of testimony, the prosecutors presented the jury with two Border Patrol agents who arrested Warren, a third who examined his phone, and some three hours of video-taped testimony from the young migrants he was arrested with, recorded before their deportations. The arresting agents provided little information beyond the bare facts of their operation as it unfolded, while the agent who testified about phone evidence seemed to paint a more incriminating picture of a man who was not charged in the case than he did of Warren. The migrants who were held as the government’s material witnesses described Warren as a figure who was hardly present during their short time in the U.S., beyond giving them permission to eat, sleep, and drink at a property he did not own, after they showed up with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

      The conspiracy charge in particular has cast an ominous pall over Warren’s case. As a prosecutorial tool, conspiracy charges can afford government attorneys sweeping powers in criminal cases. While the U.S. attorney’s office in Arizona was secretive about the nature of its theory of conspiracy with respect to Warren following his grand jury indictment, The Intercept revealed last month that the government considered Irineo Mujica, a prominent immigrants right advocate, a co-conspirator in the case. A dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, Mujica is the head of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an immigrant rights organization known for its role in organizing the migrant caravans that have drawn President Trump’s outrage. He also operates a migrant shelter south of Ajo, the unincorporated community where Warren lives and works.

      In opening arguments last week, Walters confirmed that the government considered Mujica a key figure in Warren’s alleged offenses. “They were in contact with Irineo Mujica,” the prosecutor told the jury, referring to 23-year-old Kristian Perez-Villanueva and 20-year-old Jose Arnaldo Sacaria-Goday, the Central American migrants, from El Salvador and Honduras, respectively, whom Warren was arrested with. Not only that, Walters said, Mujica had driven the pair to “the Barn,” a property used by humanitarian volunteers operating in the area. Warren’s relationship to Mujica was that of a “shared acquaintance,” Walters said, and cellphone evidence would show that the two were in contact before the migrants arrived at the Barn.

      Mujica declined to comment for this story and has not been charged with a crime.

      On Monday afternoon, Rogelio Velasco, a Border Patrol agent in the Tucson sector’s intelligence unit, testified about the government’s telephonic evidence, describing how his work excavating cellphones is used to support the agency’s high-priority cases, often executed by its plainclothes “Disrupt” units. “We try to look for bigger cases where more people are involved,” he testified. Warren was arrested by a Disrupt unit.

      Wright and Walters’ interest in Warren and the humanitarian groups he volunteers with, particularly the faith-based organization No More Deaths, began in 2017, when the assistant U.S. attorneys brought federal misdemeanor charges against several members of the group — Warren included — for leaving water and other humanitarian aid supplies on public lands where migrants routinely die. Velasco explained how, after Warren’s arrest, the prosecutors directed him to focus on particular date ranges and communications included in Warren’s phone and a phone carried by Perez-Villanueva.

      As the Border Patrol agent carried out the prosecutors’ request, he said he found a series of communications between Perez-Villanueva and Mujica, beginning in December 2017 and extending through January 2018, when he and Sacaria-Goday, along with Warren, were arrested in Ajo. According to Velasco’s testimony, the messages showed that when the young migrants entered the U.S. on January 14, Perez-Villanueva texted Mujica, “We’re here.” To which Mujica replied, “I’m on my way.”

      The government’s efforts to tie alleged illegal activity between Mujica and Warren appeared to begin after Warren was taken into custody. Four months after Warren was indicted, Jarrett L. Lenker, a supervisory Border Patrol agent in the Tucson sector intelligence unit, submitted a search warrant affidavit for Warren’s iPhone, first uncovered by the Arizona Daily Star and obtained by The Intercept.

      Mujica was a central figure in Lenker’s affidavit. The Border Patrol agent described “a total of 16 phone calls or WhatsApp messages” exchanged between Perez-Villanueva and Mujica in the month before his arrest. Lenker’s affidavit also revealed that, through subpoenas, law enforcement identified two phone numbers “associated with Warren’s Verizon account” following his arrest: one belonging to Warren and the other belonging to his partner.

      In his testimony Monday, Velasco said that Mujica was a contact in Warren’s phone, and that the two had communications up through January 11, six days before his arrest. Warren also sent Mujica’s contact information to another person in his phone in the summer of 2017, Velasco testified.

      Following Velasco’s testimony, the prosecution called Border Patrol agent Brendan Burns, one of the Disrupt unit members principally involved in Warren’s arrest, to the witness stand. Burns described an incident a week after Warren’s arrest, in which Mujica was pulled over at a Border Patrol checkpoint outside Ajo. He drove to the scene and observed that Mujica’s van was the same vehicle featured in a selfie Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday took after they made it to the U.S. Inside the van were a number of items associated with illegal border crossings, Burns testified, including water jugs and foreign identification cards. The same incident was also described in Lenker’s affidavit, which noted that the ID cards belonged to individuals who had been removed from the U.S. Lenker also recounted an incident the following month, in which Mujica was again stopped at the same Border Patrol checkpoint and his passenger was arrested for being in the country illegally.

      Burns acknowledged having seen the photos of Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday in Mujica’s vehicle prior to his encounter with Mujica, and his knowledge that the vehicle belonged to Mujica. He testified that he did not, however, ask Mujica about the two young migrants, nor their alleged conspiracy with Scott Warren, nor did he place him under arrest.

      In opening statements last week, defense attorney Greg Kuykendall acknowledged that Warren had been in contact with Mujica days before his arrest, and that was because Mujica had information about a dead body outside Ajo. The remains of roughly 3,000 people have been recovered in the Arizona desert since 2000, the grim consequence of a government policy that deliberately funnels migrants into the most lethal areas of the U.S.-Mexico border. Since 2014, Warren has brought together a network of humanitarian groups working to confront the loss of life in the state’s deadliest region, the so-called west desert. Those efforts have yielded a historic increase in the number of bodies and human remains accounted for in the area.

      On cross examination Monday, Kuykendall zeroed in on the evidence Velasco’s examination of Warren’s phone had uncovered. The defense attorney first established, with Velasco’s admission, that there were no communications recorded between Perez-Villanueva and Warren (Sacaria-Goday tossed his phone while the pair were in the desert). He then focused on Warren’s communications with Mujica.

      “Are you aware that Scott and Irineo are involved in humanitarian aid efforts?” Kuykendall asked.

      “I think I might’ve heard something,” Velasco replied. “But I’m not exactly sure.”

      (Warren’s humanitarian aid work was noted in both internal Border Patrol reports and news accounts before and after his arrest — he and Mujica were featured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper series in 2017 detailing their efforts to find dead and lost migrants in the desert.)

      Velasco admitted that he had no idea what Warren and Mujica discussed the week before Warren’s arrest, nor had he taken note of what Warren had Googled as soon as the pair got off the phone. Kuykendall informed the jury that those searches included information on backcountry areas south of Ajo, a news report on a humanitarian group conducting search and rescue operations in the region, and the English translation of a Spanish word for scratches. Following the Google searches, Kuykendall told the jury, Warren called Dr. Norma Price, a physician who has long provided medical advice to No More Deaths volunteers.

      Kuykendall questioned Velasco about his testimony regarding Warren’s communications with a woman named “Susannah.” Velasco admitted that he did not know who Susannah was and that he “saw nothing that directly suggested” she and Warren were communicating about criminal activity. Instead, he testified, they were messaging one another about “providing water in different areas.” Moving along, Kuykendall asked if Velasco was aware that Perez-Villanueva worked for Mujica while staying at his shelter in Mexico — a potential explanation for their repeated communications in the winter of 2017. Velasco appeared uncertain, and acknowledged that from January 10 to the afternoon of January 14, when the migrants arrived in Ajo, there were no communications between Perez-Villanueva and Mujica.

      “When he was crossing I didn’t come up with any messages,” Velasco testified.

      In opening arguments last week, Kuykendall explained how, in the days leading up to his arrest, Warren spent his time training new humanitarian volunteers, assisting sheriff’s deputies in the search for a body, and performing his duties as a new instructor at Tohono O’odham Community College, a school for residents of the Native American reservation outside Ajo. In early January 2018, five new No More Deaths volunteers had arrived in Ajo. As the local expert, it was up to Warren to show them the ropes and familiarize them with the organization’s protocols — protocols, Kuykendall said, that are intended to ensure the group’s work is “effective, responsible, and legal.”

      On Thursday, January 11, Warren was at home when Mujica called to inform him about the human remains he had heard about, Kuykendall said, noting that Warren had the experience and know-how to organize a grid search in the area. Efforts to coordinate a search were the extent of communications between Warren and Mujica, the defense attorney said. The following day, Warren took the new volunteers to a migrant shelter in Mexico, where they distributed “harm reduction” kits, consisting of chlorine to purify water, ointment for blisters, combs for removing cholla cactus spines, and lists of emergency numbers, including 911.

      “No More Deaths’ role is to reduce the harm,” Kuykendall told the jury, not to encourage people to cross a desert that has claimed thousands of lives.

      Warren spent much of the following weekend at home with the flu, Kuykendall said, coordinating rescue operations by phone and working to link up Pima County sheriff’s deputies with No More Deaths volunteers in the field. Warren’s responsibilities involved preparing new volunteers, operationally and emotionally, for the possibility of finding a dead body in the desert. On the night of Sunday, January 14, they also included making dinner for the new recruits at the Barn. Warren returned to the building with groceries that afternoon to find two young men — Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday — already inside.

      “Scott’s spooked,” Kuykendall said of Warren’s reaction.

      In the depositions played for the jury Monday, Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday described a harrowing journey through the desert that involved being chased by law enforcement and losing many of their supplies. Perez-Villanueva described fleeing problems in El Salvador and said that he had no intention to enter the U.S. until those problems cropped up in Mexico. The pair had crossed in a group of five but were quickly on their own, their companions slowed down by thorns in their feet. “Between the two of us, we made a good team,” Perez-Villanueva said. “We supported each other mutually.” The young men testified to crossing the desert and tossing their food and backpacks when they were chased by immigration agents. They eventually made it to a gas station outside Ajo, where “a gringo” drove them to second gas station in town.

      Neither of the migrants identified the man who then drove to the Barn, though Perez-Villanueva testified that the man told them not to describe his role in delivering them there, and that he honored that request. The pair let themselves in through an unlocked door. Warren arrived approximately 40 minutes later. “They tell him that they’re hungry,” Kuykendall told the jury. “They tell him that they’re thirsty. They tell him that they’re tired.”

      Warren grabbed a form No More Deaths uses to catalog medical evaluations of migrants encountered in the field, the defense attorney said. Warren, a certified wilderness first responder, found that Perez-Villanueva had blisters on his feet, a persistent cough, and signs of dehydration. Sacaria-Goday’s conditions were much the same, though he was also suffering from chest pain. In keeping with No More Deaths’ protocol, Warren called a nurse before starting dinner for the volunteers that were set to arrive — as well as their two new guests.

      “He gives food to hungry men,” Kuykendall told the jury. “They share a meal with the volunteers.”

      By phone, Dr. Price advised the two young migrants to stay off their feet for a couple days, to stay hydrated, and asked the volunteers to keep them under observation, Kuykendall told the jury. Warren came and went in the days that followed, as did other No More Deaths volunteers. “He hardly spent time there,” Sacaria-Goday testified. “I hardly spoke with him,” Perez-Villanueva said.

      On Tuesday, January 16, Warren had his first day teaching at the community college. The following day, he worked from home. A group of high school students were scheduled to visit the Barn that night. Warren pulled up to the Barn in the afternoon, Kuykendall said, as Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday were preparing to leave. The three spoke outside. Across a desert wash, two plainclothes Border Patrol agents were conducting “covert surveillance,” in the words of Walters, the government prosecutor.

      “Toncs at the barn,” agent Burns wrote in a group text, using a slang word for migrants known to reflect the sound a flashlight makes when it connects with a human skull.

      The lead agent on the arrest operation was John Marquez. In his testimony last week, Marquez’s narrative began the afternoon of Warren’s arrest, though he acknowledged doing a bit of “background research,” in Kuykendall’s words, on Warren before taking him into custody. In fact, texts messages The Intercept has previously reported upon show Marquez repeatedly communicating with local Fish and Wildlife agents about Warren’s whereabouts and No More Deaths’ humanitarian activity in the run-up to his arrest. In a report he filed after Warren was taken into custody, Marquez described him as a “recruiter” for the organization, who regularly comments publicly on immigration issues.

      Under questioning from the prosecution, Marquez highlighted hand gestures Warren allegedly made while standing outside with Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday as evidence that he was providing them directions north. Upon cross examination, however, he acknowledged that this apparently important detail was not included in his arrest report. Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday, meanwhile, both testified that Warren did not provide them directions for their journey. He never advised them to hide in the Barn, they said, and they were free to come and go as they pleased.

      Marquez and Burns descended on the Barn with backup provided by a law enforcement caravan that had mustered at a hotel down the road. Warren, Perez-Villanueva, and Sacaria-Goday were all placed under arrest. The migrants were held in government custody for several weeks before providing their testimony and being deported to their home countries.

      “There is one question in this case,” Kuykendall told the jury considering Warren’s actions in the days leading up to his arrest. “Did he intend to violate the law?” The government did not have the evidence to prove that he did, the defense attorney argued.

      “Scott intended one thing,” he said. “To provide basic human kindness in the form of humanitarian aid.”


    • UN experts urge US authorities to drop charges against aid worker Scott Warren

      GENEVA (5 June 2019) – UN human rights experts* have expressed grave concerns about criminal charges brought against Scott Warren, a U.S. citizen who works for an aid organisation providing water and medical aid to migrants in the Arizona desert.

      Warren’s trial began on 29 May 2019, and if found guilty he faces up to 20 years in jail.

      “Providing humanitarian aid is not a crime. We urge the US authorities to immediately drop all charges against Scott Warren,” the experts said.

      Warren, 36, lives in the desert town of Ajo, Arizona, where he helped to establish the organisation No More Deaths, which provides humanitarian assistance along migration routes. For the past 10 years, he has helped migrants and asylum seekers attempting to cross the Arizona - Mexican border through the Sonora desert.

      Border Control agents arrested the human rights defender on 17 January 2018 at “the Barn”, a humanitarian shelter in the Sonora Desert, while he was providing assistance to two undocumented migrants. His arrest came hours after the release of a report from No More Deaths which documented the implication of Border Control agents in the systematic destruction of humanitarian supplies, including water stores, and denounced a pattern of harassment, intimidation and surveillance against humanitarian aid workers.

      Warren faces charges on two counts of “harboring” migrants and one count of “conspiring to transport and harbor” migrants.

      Arizona has some of the deadliest migrant corridors along the US border, accounting for more than a third of more than 7,000 border deaths recorded by US authorities over the last two decades. The actual numbers are likely to be higher, given the remains of many of those who die are not recovered.

      “The vital and legitimate humanitarian work of Scott Warren and No More Deaths upholds the right to life and prevents the deaths of migrants and asylum seekers at the US-Mexican border,” said the UN experts.

      “The prosecution of Scott Warren represents an unacceptable escalation of existing patterns criminalising migrant rights defenders along the migrant caravan routes.”

      The experts are in contact with the U.S. authorities on the issues.


    • Judge declares mistrial in Tucson trial of aid volunteer accused of harboring migrants

      Jurors in the high-profile felony trial against Scott Warren — a humanitarian-aid volunteer charged with harboring two undocumented immigrants in southwestern Arizona — were unable to reach a verdict, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial in the case.

      U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins brought the 12-person jury into the Tucson federal courtroom on the afternoon of June 11, after they indicated for a second time that they were deadlocked on all three charges Warren faced.

      The judge dismissed the jury after each member told him that additional time deliberating would not result in a verdict.

      Collins scheduled a status conference on the trial for July 2, when prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona will decide whether to try Warren again before another jury.

      Prosecutors declined to comment after the judge dismissed the jury, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona has not responded to a request for comment.

      Warren, 36, a volunteer with the group No More Deaths, faced up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

      He’s accused of conspiring to transport two undocumented immigrants, Kristian Perez-Villanueva and Jose Arnaldo Sacaria-Goday, and of harboring them for several days in January 2018 in Ajo, Arizona.

      Speaking to reporters outside the federal courthouse, Warren acknowledged that he’d be back in court in a month’s time to learn if the legal case against him would continue.

      But he thanked his supporters who filled the courthouse to capacity on each of the seven days of testimony.

      “But the other men arrested with me that day, Jose Sacaria-Goday and Kristian Perez-Villanueva, have not received the outpouring of support that I have,” Warren said. “I do not know how they are doing now. But I desperately hope that they are safe.”

      Warren said that the need to provide humanitarian aid to migrants crossing the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border still is “as necessary” as ever.

      He pointed out that since his arrest on Jan. 17, 2018, the remains of 88 migrants were recovered from the Ajo corridor, a remote and notoriously rugged desert wilderness in southwestern Arizona.

      Greg Kuykendall, the lead attorney in his defense team, praised volunteers, such as Warren, for using their time and resources to help migrants in need.

      He declined to answer questions about the possibility of a retrial.

      “The government put on its best case, with the full force and countless resources, and 12 jurors could not agree with that case,” Kuykendall said. “We remain devoted today in our commitment to defend Scott’s lifelong devotion to providing humanitarian aid.”
      Volunteers say border humanitarian work will continue

      The hung jury in Warren’s felony trial follows the convictions of several other No More Deaths volunteers for carrying out humanitarian aid duties along protected wilderness areas along the Arizona border.

      In January, a federal judge in Tucson convicted four volunteers of misdemeanors for entering a wildlife refuge without a permit and dropping off food and water for migrants. He sentenced them to 15 months probation, ordered them to pay a fine of $150, and banned them from the refuge.

      The following month, four other No More Deaths volunteers pleaded guilty to a civil infraction of entering a wildlife refuge without a permit, and agreed to pay $280 in fines.

      Warren is also awaiting the outcome of a separate misdemeanor case brought against him for entering protected wilderness areas without a permit.

      Page Corich-Kleim, a longtime volunteer with No More Deaths, said despite these results, their work in providing humanitarian aid will continue along southwestern Arizona.

      “This evening, we have a group of volunteers driving out to Ajo to put water out,” she said. “So throughout this whole trial, we haven’t stopped doing our work and we’re not going to stop doing our work.”

      The jury began deliberations midday on Friday, after attorneys presented their closing arguments in Tucson federal court. But after nearly 15 hours of deliberations, they were unable to reach consensus on the three felony counts against Warren.

      The jurors first notified Collins late Monday afternoon that they were unable to reach a verdict in the case. But the judge asked them to try once again on Tuesday morning.

      But after deadlocking once again on Tuesday morning, Collins thanked them and dismissed them from jury duty.

      The jurors left the courthouse without speaking to the media.
      Prosecutors said Warren conspired to harbor migrants

      During the trial, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona argued that the two migrants were in good health and did not need medical care when they showed up to a building known as “the Barn” on Jan. 14, 2018.

      The prosecutors argued that Warren had conspired with Irineo Mujica, a migrants-rights activist who runs a shelter in nearby Sonoyta, Mexico, to take in the two migrants and shield them from Border Patrol. They also alleged that the humanitarian aid was used as a “cover” to help them further their journey illegally into the United States.

      Agents arrested Warren, as well as Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday, during a Jan. 17, 2018, raid of the Barn, after they had set up surveillance of the area.

      Defense attorneys for Warren said he had no idea that the two men would be at the Barn when he arrived, and that he had followed the protocols No More Deaths had established to provide a medical assessment, as well as food, water, shelter and orientation to the two migrants.

      Warren’s intent was not to break the law, but rather to provide lifesaving aid, his attorneys said.


    • Jurors refuse to convict activist facing 20 years for helping migrants

      Jury could not reach a verdict against Scott Daniel Warren who was arrested in 2018 for giving migrants water, food and lodging.

      A US jury could not reach a verdict on Tuesday against a border activist who, defense attorneys say, was simply being kind by providing two migrants with water, food and lodging when he was arrested in early 2018.

      Scott Daniel Warren, a 36-year-old college geography instructor, was charged with conspiracy to transport and harbor migrants in a trial that humanitarian aid groups said would have wide implications for their work. He faced up to 20 years in prison.

      Prosecutors maintained the men were not in distress and Warren conspired to transport and harbor them at a property used for providing aid to migrants in an Arizona town near the US-Mexico border.

      The case played out as humanitarian groups say they are coming under increasing scrutiny under Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies.

      Outside the courthouse, Warren thanked his supporters and criticized the government’s efforts to crack down on the number of immigrants coming to the US.

      “Today it remains as necessary as ever for local residents and humanitarian aid volunteers to stand in solidarity with migrants and refugees, and we must also stand for our families, friends and neighbors in the very land itself most threatened by the militarization of our borderland communities,” Warren said.

      Glenn McCormick, a spokesman for the US attorney’s office in Arizona, declined to comment on whether Warren would face another trial. The judge set a 2 July status hearing for the defense and prosecution.

      Warren is one of nine members of the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths who have been charged with crimes related to their work. But he is the only one to face felony charges.

      In west Texas, a county attorney was detained earlier this year after stopping her car on a dark highway to pick up three young migrants who flagged her down. Teresa Todd was held briefly, and federal agents searched her cellphone.

      Border activists say they worry about what they see as the gradual criminalization of humanitarian action.

      Warren has said his case could set a dangerous precedent by expanding the definition of the crimes of transporting and harboring migrants to include people merely trying to help border-crossers in desperate need of water or other necessities.

      Warren and other volunteers with the No More Deaths group also were targeted this year in separate federal misdemeanor cases after leaving water, canned food and other provisions for migrants hiking through the Cabeza Prieta national wildlife refuge in southern Arizona.

      In Warren’s felony case, the defense team headed by Greg Kuykendall argued that Warren could not, in good conscience, turn away two migrants who had recently crossed the desert to enter the US.

      Jurors said on Monday that they could not reach a consensus on the charges against Warren, but a federal judge told them to keep deliberating. They were still deadlocked on Tuesday and ultimately dismissed.

      Thousands of migrants have died crossing the border since the mid-1990s, when heightened enforcement pushed migrant traffic into Arizona’s scorching deserts.


    • The gripping case of Scott Warren

      Is offering assistance to illegal immigrants a protected religious practice?

      ONE TROUBLE with liberty is that you never know what people will do with it. In recent years, American conservatives have been passionate defenders of individual religious freedoms, such as the right to have nothing to do with same-sex weddings. But Scott Warren (pictured), an idealistic geographer who is facing felony charges for succouring migrants in the Arizona desert, has now become a standard-bearer for a very different sort of conscientious objection.

      On June 11th his trial, which has been closely watched at the liberal end of America’s religious spectrum, reached deadlock after jurors failed to agree despite three days of deliberation. That was a better result than Mr Warren and his many supporters feared. Prosecutors may seek a retrial.


    • USA: Decision to retry Dr. Scott Warren is part of wider campaign against human rights defenders

      In response to US federal prosecutors deciding today to retry the human rights defender Dr. Scott Warren after a previous attempt to prosecute him ended in a mistrial, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director Amnesty International, said:

      “By deciding to mount an entirely new trial against Dr. Scott Warren, the Trump administration is doubling down on its attacks against human rights defenders who are doing necessary and life-saving work at the US-Mexico border.”

      “Amnesty International has documented that the criminalization of Dr. Warren is not an isolated incident, but part of a larger politically-motivated campaign of harassment and intimidation by the US government that is in clear violation of US and international law. The US government must immediately halt these campaigns, and Congress should hold authorities accountable for their abuse of power.”


  • Beaucoup a déjà été publié sur seenthis sur l’#externalisation des frontières et sur la question du #tri et de la #catégorisation

    Sur ce fil, je réunis surtout les documents de la politique de #Macron à ce sujet. Il s’agit de messages que j’ai ajoutés à des messages d’autres personnes (pour éviter que si jamais l’auteur du message original quitte seenthis et efface son compte, moi je ne perds pas mes informations —> je vais faire cela assez systématiquement, quand j’ai le temps, dans les prochains mois = paranoïa de perte de données).

    Ces 2 fils restent tels quels car ils ont été initiés par moi :
    Par contre, pour celui-ci, je vais copier les messages ci-dessous :
    #frontières #contrôles_frontaliers #frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés
    cc @isskein

    • Macron veut « identifier » les demandeurs d’asile au #Tchad et au Niger

      Lors d’un mini-sommet organisé à l’Élysée lundi 28 août, Paris, Berlin, Madrid et Rome ont proposé l’envoi de « missions de protection » au Niger et au Tchad dans le but d’identifier en amont les migrants éligibles à l’asile. Une initiative qui pose plus de questions qu’elle n’en résout.

      À l’issue d’un mini-sommet organisé à Paris le 28 août, les chefs d’État ou de gouvernement de sept pays européens et africains – la France, l’Allemagne, l’Espagne et l’Italie, d’un côté de la Méditerranée, le Tchad, le Niger et la Libye, de l’autre – se sont mis d’accord autour d’une « feuille de route » visant à « contrôler les flux migratoires » entre les deux continents.
      Réunis avec les présidents du Tchad, Idriss Déby, et du Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, ainsi qu’avec le premier ministre libyen du gouvernement d’union nationale, Fayez al-Sarraj, le président français, Emmanuel Macron, la chancelière allemande, Angela Merkel, le premier ministre espagnol, Mariano Rajoy, et le président du Conseil italien, Paolo Gentiloni, ont ainsi proposé l’envoi de « missions de protection » au Niger et au Tchad, dans le but d’identifier en amont les migrants éligibles à l’asile (retrouver ici et là les déclarations conjointes).

      « Nous avons acté, je m’y étais engagé à Orléans au début de l’été, d’avoir un traitement humanitaire à la hauteur de nos exigences et de pouvoir, dans des zones identifiées, pleinement sûres, au Niger et au Tchad, sous la supervision du HCR [Haut Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés – ndlr], identifier les ressortissants qui ont le droit à l’asile, pouvoir les mettre en sécurité le plus rapidement », a expliqué le président français lors de la conférence de presse.

      Le 27 juillet, ce dernier avait créé la polémique en affirmant, en marge d’une visite dans un centre d’hébergement de réfugiés à Orléans, vouloir créer des « hot spots », ces centres chargés de trier les candidats à l’asile en France, « dès cet été », pour maîtriser l’arrivée des migrants venus de Libye et, avait-il ajouté, pour « éviter aux gens de prendre des risques fous alors qu’ils ne sont pas tous éligibles à l’asile ». Quelques heures plus tard, son entourage avait fait machine arrière en expliquant que, pour l’heure, seuls le Tchad et le Niger devraient être concernés. Après la visite, dans un discours à la préfecture du Loiret, le président avait d’ailleurs rectifié le tir en se contentant d’évoquer l’envoi de missions de l’Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides (Ofpra) « sur le sol africain ».

      La feuille de route du 28 août, qui substitue l’idée de « missions de protection » à celle de « hot spots », prévoit que l’identification des demandeurs d’asile se fera par le HCR, avec l’aval des autorités du pays de premier accueil et le soutien d’équipes européennes spécialistes de l’asile. Les personnes sélectionnées entreraient dans le programme dit de réinstallation du HCR « sur des listes fermées », c’est-à-dire listant les migrants d’ores et déjà identifiés par le HCR, et « selon des critères fixés en commun », non communiqués pour l’instant.

      Les migrants ne répondant pas à ces conditions devraient être reconduits « dans leur pays d’origine, dans la sécurité, l’ordre et la dignité, de préférence sur une base volontaire, en tenant compte de la législation nationale et dans le respect du droit international ».

      Sur le papier, l’idée pourrait paraître séduisante, puisqu’elle se donne comme objectif d’« ouvrir une voie légale pour les personnes ayant besoin d’une protection conformément au droit international et européen, en particulier pour les personnes les plus vulnérables selon les procédures du HCR relatives à la détermination de la qualité de réfugié, et qui sont susceptibles de migrer vers l’Europe ». Le but serait ainsi de leur éviter l’enfer libyen, où il est de notoriété publique que les migrants subissent les pires sévices, mais aussi les dangers de la traversée de la Méditerranée sur des canots pneumatiques. Depuis le début de l’année, près de 98 000 personnes sont arrivées par cette route maritime centrale, et près de 2 250 ont péri en mer, selon les chiffres de l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations.

      Mais derrière cette intention louable, se cache surtout le projet de réduire au maximum l’arrivée sur le Vieux Continent de personnes perçues par les dirigeants européens comme des « migrants économiques », pour lesquels aucun accueil n’est envisagé. L’objectif est ainsi de décourager les départs le plus en amont possible. Cette politique n’est pas nouvelle : voilà une vingtaine d’années que Bruxelles multiplie les accords avec les pays d’origine et de transit, par des campagnes d’affichage et des bureaux d’information, à coups de dizaines de millions d’euros, afin de convaincre les migrants de rester chez eux.

      Avec ces nouveaux guichets de pré-examen de la demande d’asile, il s’agit d’aller plus loin, car il est fort à parier que le nombre de personnes retenues par le HCR et in fine réinstallées en Europe sera extrêmement réduit. Dans les pays de l’UE, les demandeurs d’asile originaires d’Afrique subsaharienne obtiennent rarement le statut de réfugié. Les ONG sont donc particulièrement sceptiques à l’égard de ce genre d’initiatives, qu’elles considèrent comme une manière déguisée de sous-traiter la demande d’asile à des pays tiers, aussi éloignés que possible du continent européen. « On repousse la frontière européenne dans des pays de plus en plus lointains », a ainsi affirmé à l’AFP Eva Ottavy, de la Cimade, pour qui, « sous couvert de sauver des vies, on bloque l’accès au territoire ».

      Par ailleurs, le dispositif de réinstallation mis en place dans le monde par le HCR est décrié par ces mêmes associations de défense des droits des étrangers qui estiment que les critères mis en œuvre sont trop restrictifs et les procédures trop peu transparentes.

      Quand on sait que le système de relocalisation organisé par l’Union européenne pour répartir les réfugiés arrivés en Grèce ne fonctionne pas, alors même que ces exilés sont des ressortissants de pays susceptibles d’obtenir l’asile (Syrie, Afghanistan, Irak et Iran principalement), on peut s’interroger sur le nombre d’Africains subsahariens qui pourront effectivement bénéficier de cette « voie légale » pour arriver en Europe.

      Enfin, la décision de Paris, Berlin, Madrid et Rome d’« améliorer la coopération économique avec les communautés locales se trouvant sur les routes migratoires en Libye, afin de créer des sources de revenu alternatives, d’accroître leur résilience et de les rendre indépendantes de la traite des êtres humains » a de quoi laisser dubitatif. En effet, Reuters a récemment révélé l’existence sur les côtes libyennes, à Sabratah, principale ville de départ des migrants, d’une milice armée qui empêcherait violemment les embarcations de partir et détiendrait les candidats au passage dans des conditions dégradantes (lire notre article). Or, d’après de nombreux témoignages, il semble que ce groupe mafieux soit, en partie au moins, financé par le gouvernement d’union nationale de Tripoli, lui-même soutenu par les fonds européens.


      #hotspots #externalisation #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Macron #Tchad #Niger

      v. aussi : http://seen.li/d8yd

      Et ce magnifique titre de l’opération :

    • Juste pour rappeler que Macron n’a rien inventé, mais qu’il surfe sur la vague...

      Voici l’extrait d’un article qui date de 2009...

      Les tendances et mesures amorcées dans les récentes prises de position politiques ne servent qu’à confirmer la direction prise depuis la fin des années quatre-vingt-dix et indiquent clairement une réalité politique qui accentue certains aspects : la présence policière, la surveillance des frontières et l’endiguement, au détriment des autres. D’abord, les orientations prises conjointement pour limiter l’accès aux demandeurs d’asile, aux réfugiés et aux familles des travailleurs, à travers une série de directives et de règlements (c’est-à-dire des populations ayant droit à l’accès) et le développement croissant d’une politique d’immigration sélective des travailleurs, ont contribué à créer une étape de plus dans l’externalisation. Cette étape a été franchie en 2003 et 2004 avec deux propositions, l’une émanant des Britanniques sur les “#Transit_Processing_Centres” (#TPCs) et l’autre des Italiens et des Allemands, pour mettre en place des bureaux d’immigration en Afrique du Nord.

      Tiré de :
      Dimension extérieure de la politique d’immigration de l’Union européenne

      #Italie #Allemagne #UK #Angleterre

    • Au Niger, la frontière invisible de l’Europe

      L’enquête des « Jours » sur la trace des migrants morts en mer passe par le Niger, nouveau pays de transit pour les candidats à l’exil.

      Depuis l’été 2016 et la mise en œuvre de la loi via le « #plan_Bazoum », du nom du ministre de l’Intérieur Mohamed Bazoum, toute personne transportant des étrangers dans le désert, au nord de l’axe Arlit-Dirkou (consulter notre carte des Disparus), est considéré comme étant en infraction avec la loi. D’ailleurs, à proximité de la gare de Rimbo, une pancarte affichant les logos de l’Union européenne et de l’Agence nationale de lutte contre la traite des personnes (ANLTP) du Niger le rappelle : « Transporter illégalement des migrants vous expose à une peine d’amende de 1 000 000 à 3 000 000 CFA [1 525 à 4 575 euros, ndlr]. »

      v. aussi : http://seen.li/cz4o

      « Dans cette histoire de migration, rien n’est ni noir, ni blanc. C’est un sujet tellement complexe qu’on ne peut pas le résumer en quelques vérités », dit Kirsi Henriksson, au volant de son 4x4, dans les rues de Niamey. Kirsi Henriksson dirige Eucap Sahel au Niger, une opération civile de l’Union européenne créée en 2012, après la chute de Kadhafi, pour lutter contre le terrorisme et la criminalité organisée dans la région. Quand Henriksson a pris son poste en août 2016, le mandat de l’opération venait d’être élargi à la lutte contre l’immigration irrégulière. Le moment était parfait pour l’Union européenne : le plan Bazoum venait d’être mis en application. Désormais, des policiers et des gendarmes européens conseillent et forment leurs homologues nigériens à des techniques de contrôle et renseignement visant à intercepter les trafics de drogues et d’armes, mais aussi ceux d’êtres humains. « Nous n’avons pas de mandat exécutif, nous n’arrêtons personne. Mais nous formons les autorités nigériennes à arrêter les gens. Pour beaucoup, nous sommes les méchants de cette histoire. »

      Avant le Niger, Kirsi Henriksson a travaillé pour des missions similaires de l’Union européenne au Mali, en Libye et en Irak. Universitaire de formation, elle s’est spécialisée dans les études sur la paix et les conflits avant de partir « construire la paix dans la vraie vie ». « Je dois avouer que les résultats n’ont pas toujours été à la hauteur de l’ambition », elle sourit. En 2014, elle a été évacuée de la Libye avec le reste de la mission européenne. Les organisations internationales sont parties elles aussi. Aujourd’hui, elles sont toutes au Niger, de même que les armées étrangères. « Une industrie de la paix », comme le qualifie la cheffe de mission.
      « Le Niger est the new place to be. Tout le monde est ici : l’armée française avec l’#opération_Barkhane, l’armée allemande qui ravitaille ses troupes au Mali depuis le Niger, l’armée américaine qui construit une base de #drones à Agadez. » À la fin de l’année 2017, l’#Italie a annoncé à son tour l’envoi de troupes – une information que les autorités nigériennes ont démentie par la suite. « Tout le monde vient parce que dans la région du Sahel, le Niger assure une certaine stabilité. Et préserver cette stabilité est dans l’intérêt de toute l’Europe. »

      Mais la migration est-elle une menace pour la stabilité du Sahel ? Paradoxalement, avec l’augmentation des contrôles et la criminalisation du trafic, elle est peut-être en train de le devenir. Le #trafic_d’êtres_humains est passé des mains des transporteurs ordinaires à celles de #réseaux_criminels transfrontaliers qui gèrent aussi d’autres trafics : la #drogue – surtout du #Tramadol, un antalgique dérivé de l’#opium –, qui arrive depuis le Nigeria vers la Libye, et les #armes, qui descendent de la Libye vers le sud.


      Seulement, pour le moment, l’aide européenne promise arrive lentement et souvent sans consultation des populations concernées. Le #Fonds_fiduciaire officiellement destiné à l’aide au #développement vise en réalité à produire du contrôle, reconnaît Kirsi Henriksson. C’est également le but de l’#opération_Eucap_Sahel. La cheffe de mission trace avec son index les nouvelles routes que le contrôle renforcé a dessinées dans le désert : directement depuis #Diffa, situé à la frontière nigériane, vers #Séguédine dans le nord, en traversant le #Ténéré, de #Gao au Mali vers #Assamaka à la frontière algérienne, qu’on longera ensuite pour arriver en Libye. Ces nouvelles routes sont plus dangereuses.

      #Eucap #routes_migratoires #parcours_migratoires

      « Davantage de personnes meurent dans le désert. Et c’est vraiment malheureux. » C’est la première fois que j’entends cette affirmation pendant mon voyage. Je ne cesserai de l’entendre par la suite. À chacun, je demanderai combien. Combien mouraient avant, combien meurent maintenant ? Personne ne sait. Personne ne semble savoir qui pourrait savoir.

      #mourir_dans_le_désert #décès

      #Agadez #gardes-frontière #frontières #contrôles_frontaliers

    • At French Outpost in African Migrant Hub, Asylum for a Select Few

      In a bare suite of prefab offices, inside a compound off a dirt road, French bureaucrats are pushing France’s borders thousands of miles into Africa, hoping to head off would-be migrants.

      All day long, in a grassy courtyard, they interview asylum seekers, as the African reality they want to escape swirls outside — donkey carts and dust, joblessness and poverty, and, in special cases, political persecution.

      If the French answer is yes to asylum, they are given plane tickets to France and spared the risky journey through the desert and on the deadly boats across the Mediterranean that have brought millions of desperate migrants to Europe in recent years, transforming its politics and societies.

      “We’re here to stop people from dying in the Mediterranean,” said Sylvie Bergier-Diallo, the deputy chief of the French mission in Niger.

      But very few are actually approved, and so the French delegation is also there to send a message to other would-be migrants: Stay home, and do not risk a perilous journey for an asylum claim that would ultimately be denied in France.

      The French outpost is part of a new forward defense in Europe’s struggle to hold off migration from Africa; it is a small, relatively benign piece of a larger strategy that otherwise threatens to subvert Europe’s humanitarian ideals.

      After years of being buffeted by uncontrolled migration, Europe is striking out. Italy is suspected of quietly cutting deals with Libyan warlords who control the migration route. The European Union has sent delegations to African capitals, waving aid and incentives for leaders to keep their people at home. Now come the French.
      “There’s a much more active approach to see that the immigrant stays as far away as possible from Europe, and this is completely to the detriment of those concerned,” said Philippe Dam of Human Rights Watch.

      The French mission was “positive,” he said, “but it’s too late and too small.”

      It is also the flip side of a fast-toughening stance by France against migrants, as President Emmanuel Macron began his push this month for what critics say is a draconian new law aimed at sending many of those who have already arrived back home.

      Even if some of Europe’s new methods are questionable, the results have been evident: Last year, for the first time since the crisis began several years ago, the migration flow was reversed, according to Giuseppe Loprete, head of the United Nations migration agency office in Niger.

      About 100,000 would-be migrants returned through Niger from Libya, compared with 60,000 who traversed the vast and impoverished desert country heading toward Europe.

      As the hub for West African migration, Niger had long been under pressure from Europe to crack down on the migrant flow. And something has shifted.

      The bus stations in Niamey, once packed with West Africans trying to get to Agadez, the last city before Libya, are now empty. The police sternly check identity documents.

      When I visited Agadez three years ago, migrants packed what locals called “ghettos” at the edge of town, hanging out for weeks in the courtyards of unfinished villas waiting for a chance to cross the desert.
      Migration officials say there are many fewer now. The Nigerien government has impounded dozens of the pickups formerly used by smugglers at Agadez, they say.

      “Lot less, lot less than before,” said a bus agent, who declined to give his name, at the open-air Sonef station in Niamey, drowsing and empty in the late-afternoon heat. “It’s not like it was. Before it was full.”

      The tile floor was once crowded with migrants. No more. A sign outside bears the European Union flag and warns passengers not to travel without papers.

      In itself, the so-called French filtration effort here is so small that it is not responsible for the drop, nor is it expected to have much effect on the overall migration flow.

      It began well after the drop was underway. Only a handful of such missions to interview asylum seekers have embarked since Mr. Macron announced the policy last summer, staying for about a week at a time.

      Meager as it is, however, the French effort has already helped shift the process of sifting some asylum claims to Africa and out of Europe, where many of those who are denied asylum tend to stay illegally.

      For Mr. Macron, a chief aim is to defuse the political pressures at home from the far right that have escalated with the migrant crisis.
      The French hope that the greater visibility of a formal, front-end system will discourage those without credible claims of asylum from risking their lives with smugglers.

      The process is also intended to send a potentially important message: that those with legitimate claims of persecution do have a chance for safe passage.

      “Politically it’s huge,” said Mr. Loprete. “But in terms of numbers it is very low.”

      In a recent week, 85 people were interviewed by the four officials from the French refugee agency, known as Ofpra.

      The selective scale is in line with Mr. Macron’s determination to keep out economic migrants. “We can’t welcome everybody,” he said in his New Year’s speech.

      On the other hand, “we must welcome the men and women fleeing their country because they are under threat,” Mr. Macron said. They have a “right to asylum,” he said.

      Critics of the plan say that it amounts to only a token effort, and that the real goal is to keep potential migrants at arms’ length.

      “Macron’s policy is to divide migrants and refugees, but how can we do so? What is the ethical principle behind this choice?” said Mauro Armanino, an Italian priest at the cathedral in Niamey who has long worked with migrants in African nations. “It is a policy without heart.”

      Still, the French have been the first to undertake this kind of outreach, working closely with the United Nations, out of its refugee agency’s compound in Niamey.

      The United Nations International Office for Migration does a first vetting for the French in Libya, Niger’s northern neighbor, where human smuggling networks have thrived in the chaotic collapse of the country.

      In Libya, the smugglers herd the Africans together, beat them, sometimes rape them and extort money. Some are even sold into slavery before being loaded onto rickety boats for the Mediterranean crossing.

      Some of the Libyan camps are run by smugglers and their associated militias, and others by the government, such as it is. But regardless of who runs them, they are essentially concentration camps, officials say, and there is no distinction made between political refugees and migrants.

      United Nations officials are allowed to enter the government-run camps to look for potential asylum cases — principally Eritreans and Somalis, whose flight from political persecution and chaos might qualify them. From lists supplied by the United Nations, the French choose whom they will interview.

      “The idea is to protect people who might have a right to asylum,” said Pascal Brice, the head of Ofpra, the French refugee agency. “And to bypass the horrors of Libya and the Mediterranean.”

      “It is limited,” Mr. Brice acknowledged. “But the president has said he wants to cut back on the sea crossings,” he added, referring to Mr. Macron.
      Bénédicte Jeannerod, who heads the French office of Human Rights Watch, was less a critic of the program itself than of its scale. “I’ve told Pascal Brice that as long as it works, make it bigger,” he said.

      But the potential difficulties of making the program larger were evident in a day of interviews at the sweltering United Nations center in Niamey.

      One recent Saturday night, 136 Eritreans and Somalis were flown to Niamey by the United Nations, all potential candidates for asylum interviews with the French.

      The dozens of asylum seekers already there waited pensively, looking resigned as they sat on benches, betraying no sign of the import of what the French deputy chief of the mission had to offer.

      “If you are chosen, you will soon be in France,” Ms. Bergier-Diallo told them, pronouncing the words slowly and deliberately. “And we are delighted.”

      Indeed, if the refugees pass muster, the rewards are enormous: a free plane ticket to France, free housing, hassle-free residence papers and free French lessons.

      The French agents, stiff and formal in their questioning that could last well over an hour, inquired relentlessly about the refugees’ family ties, uninterested in establishing the narrative of their escape and suffering.
      The idea was to “establish the family context,” in an effort to confirm the authenticity of the refugees’ origins, said one French official, Lucie.

      (Sensitive to security, the French authorities asked that the last names of their agents and those of the refugees not be published.)

      Shewit, a diminutive, bespectacled 26-year-old Eritrean woman, was asked whether she ever phoned her family, and if so what they talked about.

      “Only about my health,” Shewit said. “I never tell them where I am.”

      Mariam, 27, told the French agent she had been raped and ostracized in her village and feared going back because “the people who raped me are still there.”

      “They could rape me again,” said Mariam, an illiterate animal herder from Somaliland.

      Even if she finds safety in France, integrating her into society will be a challenge. Mariam had never attended any school and looked bewildered when the French agent told her to remove her head scarf.

      Wearing the scarf “is not possible in the French administration, or in schools,” Emoline, the agent, said gently to Mariam in English, through an interpreter.

      Then there was Welella, an 18-year-old Eritrean girl who, before being rescued from neighboring Libya, had spent time in a refugee camp in Sudan, where she endured what she simply called “punishments.”
      Her father is a soldier, her siblings had all been drafted into Eritrea’s compulsory military service, and she risked the same.

      “Why is military service compulsory in Eritrea?” Lucie asked the girl, seated opposite her. “I don’t know,” Welella answered mechanically.

      She had long planned on fleeing. “One day I succeeded,” she said simply.

      “What could happen to you in Eritrea if you returned?” Lucie asked.

      “I suffered a lot leaving Eritrea,” Welella said slowly. “If I return, they will put me underground.”

      She was questioned over and over about the names of her siblings in Eritrea, and why one had traveled to a particular town.

      After nearly two hours of questioning, a hint of the French agent’s verdict finally came — in English. It was rote, but the message clear: France was one step away from welcoming Welella.

      “You will have the right to enter France legally,” Lucie told her. “You will be granted a residence permit, you will be given your own accommodations, you will have the right to work …”

      Welella smiled, barely.


    • A French Processing Centre in Niger: The first step towards extraterritorial processing of asylum claims or (just) good old resettlement?

      When The New York Times made headlines in the migration world with its recent article “At French Outpost in African Migrant Hub, Asylum for a Select Few” about the French refugee agency’s role in the UNHCR humanitarian evacuation scheme, it was not long before the magical concept of “extraterritorial processing” resurfaced. Mostly defined as the processing of asylum requests outside the country of destination, this proposal, repeatedly raised by European Union member states and academics alike since the beginning of the 2000s, has regularly been turned down by EU officials as being mere politically-driven hot air. Often confused with resettlement or other legal access channels, it has been praised as the panacea of the migration and asylum challenges by some, while being criticized as outsourcing and shady responsibility shifting by others.


    • Les migrants paient le prix fort de la coopération entre l’UE et les #gardes-côtes_libyens

      Nombre de dirigeants européens appellent à une « coopération » renforcée avec les #garde-côtes_libyens. Mais une fois interceptés en mer, ces migrants sont renvoyés dans des centres de détention indignes et risquent de retomber aux mains de trafiquants.


  • Reçu via la mailing-list du Collectif R (Lausanne, Suisse), le 5 mars 2018
    Site du Collectif R : http://desobeissons.ch

    Parcours de E.N. depuis le #Cameroun

    E.N. est originaire du Cameroun. Elle fuit ce pays, enceinte, en compagnie de son fils de deux ans et de son compagnon, en octobre 2016. Durant la traversée du #Niger, en octobre-novembre 2016, elle est victime de violences graves et inhumaines :

    « Nous avons fait deux semaines de voyage jusqu’à la frontière, à travers le désert. Nous étions très nombreux, entassés comme des animaux, allongés les uns sur les autres dans plusieurs pick-up, 42 personnes par véhicule ! Il y avait toute une colonne d’une dizaine de pick-up. Il faisait très chaud et nous étions sous la bâche. Nous ne devions pas bouger. Chaque mouvement dérangeait les autres qui nous frappaient. J’ai été beaucoup giflée pendant ce voyage parce que l’immobilité me causait des douleurs et je devais bouger. Je pleurais aussi à cause de mon fils parce qu’il faisait très chaud et que j’avais peur pour sa vie. Pendant trois jours il n’a pas bu d’eau. Il s’était déshydraté et il perdait du sang dans les selles et par vomissements. Il était très faible quand nous sommes arrivés.

    Des gens sont morts étouffés à cause de la chaleur et leurs corps ont été abandonnés au bord de la piste. Nous avons vu des squelettes dans le désert et des objets abandonnés comme des chaussures, des sacs, des vêtements. Nous avons vu un pick-up abandonné, des restes humains autour. C’était des images de la mort. Il n’y a pas de loi dans le désert et nous sommes à la merci du #guide qui nous conduit. Nous nous arrêtions dans les villages et là ils violaient les femmes. Moi j’avais rasé ma tête avant de partir et j’étais accompagnée d’un homme qui avait de l’argent et qui a à chaque fois pu payer pour qu’ils me laissent tranquille. Des hommes aussi étaient violés. Il y avait aussi des bandes armées qui nous accostaient pour nous prendre l’argent et kidnapper des femmes. Ils nous faisaient aligner allongées par terre et nous forçaient à ouvrir les jambes pour aller fouiller avec la pointe du fusil si nous cachions de l’argent à l’intérieur de nous. Ils demandaient aux enfants de regarder et mon fils de 2 ans a dû regarder. C’était ignoble.

    En #Libye nous sommes arrivés sur une espèce de camp où se trouvaient plus de 1’000 personnes. C’était en fait un terrain à ciel ouvert à proximité d’une ville. Nous sommes restés là deux semaines et demies. Les hommes partaient le matin pour travailler à la journée et gagner un peu d’argent pour poursuivre le voyage. Sur place, on nous vendait du pain, des boîtes de sardines et des packs d’eau. Il faisait très chaud, une chaleur qui n’a pas de nom, comme je n’avais jamais vécu auparavant. Il y avait beaucoup de diarrhées et de tuberculose et l’endroit était infesté de poux. Deux des femmes qui ont voyagé avec moi et qui sont maintenant en Allemagne sont atteinte de tuberculose et sont hospitalisées. Elles étaient en Suisse avant mais elles avaient reçu la décision de renvoi vers l’Italie et elles sont parties. Je le sais parce que nous échangeons nos contacts facebook entre nous pour que nos familles puissent être averties si nous disparaissons. Je suis restée en contact avec elles. La région était troublée et il y avait des attaques. Un jour, mon compagnon qui était parti avec un groupe d’hommes n’est pas revenu. Le passeur a dit que les milices locales les avaient fusillés. Je n’ai aucune preuve et je n’ai pas vu son corps. Je n’ai plus aucune nouvelle de lui mais sa famille non plus, qui a été avertie de sa mort par nos compagnons de route, et qui me harcèle depuis pour que je rende l’argent du voyage. Sa mère avait fait un emprunt pour qu’il puisse payer les passeurs.

    Le camp était gardé et nous ne pouvions pas nous enfuir comme ça. Mais la ville a été bombardée et il y a eu un mouvement de fuite de tous les migrants à ce moment-là. Je me suis enfuie avec mon fils. J’étais enceinte. J’avais caché de l’argent dans la semelle des babouches et j’ai pu payer pour la traversée de la #Méditerranée. Nous sommes arrivés en #Italie avec mon fils, complètement épuisés et démunis.

    Nous avons été logés dans une maison pour femmes tenue par des bonnes sœurs. Elles étaient sévères avec nous et contrôlaient la discipline. L’une d’entre elle était mauvaise et elle frappait nos enfants. Elle a frappé mon fils de 2 ans et quelques mois sous mes yeux parce qu’il avait arraché une fleur sur les plates-bandes. Les autres mères avaient peur de ces bonnes sœurs qui visiblement n’étaient pas là pour nous aider. Je me suis enfuie avec mon fils après quelques jours parce que cet endroit nous infantilisait et je ne me sentais pas respectée. Je ne voulais pas qu’on frappe mon fils ni que quelqu’un d’autre s’approprie l’éducation de mon fils. »

    Après s’être enfuie de chez les sœurs, E.N. et son fils arrivent à Milan où un amie les héberge quelques temps. Enfin, ils atteignent la #Suisse le…. Le jeune garçon est alors âgé de trois ans et E.N. est enceinte de…. Elle dépose une demande d’asile en Suisse, le….

    Malgré sa grossesse avancée, le SEM n’entre pas matière su sa demande d’asile et prononce son renvoi vers l’Italie, au nom des accords de #Dublin III. Elle accouche le 10 octobre 2017.

    Depuis lors, elle élève seule ses deux enfants, âgés aujourd’hui de 4 mois et de 3 ans, dans un contexte de grande détresse causé par la décision de son renvoi qui reste toujours valable aux yeux des autorités suisses. Les enfants nécessitent beaucoup de soins et une attention constante et E.N. ne dort pratiquement plus depuis des mois.

    Elle dit ne plus avoir la force de sortir avec eux, elle se sent très nerveuse et en situation de détresse, oppressée par la décision de son renvoi – qui peut être mise à exécution à tout moment. Elle vit de l’#aide_d’urgence, dans un centre collectif où le bruit et les dérangements continus l’empêchent de prendre du repos. En plus des douleurs causées par une arthrose des os, un ulcère à l’estomac pouvant provoquer des crises vomitives, et des sinusites chroniques occasionnant maux de tête et saignements, elle souffre d’un état d’#épuisement très avancé. Elle est sous anti-dépresseurs et suit, depuis septembre 2017, une psychothérapie de soutien. Le rapport médical versé par les professionnels qui l’entourent fait état de troubles anxieux dépressifs réactionnels, accompagnés d’une symptomatologie de #stress_post-traumatique. Elle a été hospitalisée une semaine en raison de ses angoisses et de son état d’épuisement physique et psychique et elle reçoit depuis un accompagnement infirmier à domicile.

    Malgré l’état de santé de E.N, malgré la charge de ses enfants en très bas et malgré les obstacles à leur réinstallation en Italie, un pays où la elle n’a aucune attache, aucun soutien ni aucune famille, et dont elle ne parle pas la langue, les autorités suisses refusent d’appliquer la #clause_de_souveraineté pourtant prévue par les accords de Dublin III en cas de raison humanitaire.

    Un réexamen de la décision de renvoi, basé sur le récent rapport médical établi par les professionnels de la santé qui entourent E.N, est déposé par sa mandataire juridique le 20 février 2017. Malgré cette démarche juridique, le Secrétariat d’Etat aux Migrations ne daigne pas suspendre le renvoi, même pour prendre le temps d’examiner à nouveau sa requête. Après quoi, l’autorité cantonale en charge de l’exécution des renvois – le Service de la population – tout aussi indifférent à la détresse de E.N. et de ses enfants, prononce leur #assignation_à_résidence, et leur fait savoir que la préparation de leur #renvoi_forcé vers l’Italie est bientôt terminée.

    Or, les autorités suisses n’ignorent pas les dangers auxquels est confrontée une femme migrante seule, avec ou sans enfants, dans les rue de l’Italie. Ainsi, les autorités suisses, intransigeantes dans leur acharnement à exécuter les renvois, mettent sciemment la vie de E.N et celle de ses enfants en danger !
    La Suisse a le devoir humanitaire évident de renoncer au renvoi en Italie de cette femme et de ses enfants, pour qui l’Italie serait une épreuve qui aggraverait leur état de santé psychique précaire nécessitant une prise en charge, et leur stabilité.

    #violence #femmes #parcours_migratoire #itinéraire_migratoire #grossesse #migrations #asile #réfugiés #mourir_dans_le_désert #morts #décès #désert #violences_sexuelles #viols #humiliation #non-entrée_en_matière #NEM #NEM_Dublin #renvoi_Dublin

    –-> Dans son récit, cette personne parle de #guide pour désigner les #passeurs.

    cc @isskein : voilà ce que c’est Dublin en Suisse...

  • UN: Migrant Deaths in Sahara Likely Twice Mediterranean Toll

    So far this year 2,569 migrant deaths have been recorded in the central Mediterranean, while more than 107,000 migrants, mainly West Africans, have reached Italy.

    “One thing we still don’t have is any estimate of number of deaths in the desert,” Richard Danziger, the U.N. International Organization for Migration director for West and Central Africa, told a news conference in Geneva.

    “We assume, and I think we have said before, that it has to be at least double those who die in the Mediterranean. But we really have no evidence of that, it’s just an assumption. We just don’t know.”


    #mourir_dans_le_désert #morts #décès #asile #migrations #Sahara #réfugiés #mortalité #chiffres #statistiques
    cc @reka @isskein

  • Un millier de migrants nigériens rapatriés d’Algérie

    Quelque 1.029 Nigériens en situation irrégulière en Algérie, dont des femmes et des enfants, ont été reconduits vers leur pays la semaine dernière, a indiqué vendredi le gouverneur d’Agadez (nord du Niger).


    #Algérie #renvois #expulsions #migrations #réfugiés #asile #migrants_nigérians #réfugiés_nigérians #Nigeria

    • Algeria: Mass #racial_profiling used to deport more than 2,000 sub-Saharan migrants

      The Algerian authorities have launched a discriminatory crackdown against foreign nationals, rounding up and forcibly expelling more than 2,000 sub-Saharan African migrants from a range of countries to neighbouring Niger and Mali over the past three weeks, said Amnesty International. Those expelled include more than 300 minors, among them at least 25 unaccompanied children.


    • Africa, le espulsioni sotto accusa

      Delle migliaia di migranti dell’Africa sub-sahariana che cercano di raggiungere l’Europa, molti perdono la vita nel deserto e molti altri vengono respinti verso i Paesi di origine. Spesso le espulsioni forzate sono oggetto di denuncia da parte di organizzazioni umanitarie che raccolgono testimonianze di violenze e abusi. E il caso di molti respingimenti dall’Algeria verso Niger e Mali. Da Bamako, in Mali, Andrea De Georgio ci racconta la storie di chi è dovuto tornare indietro e di chi non ce l’ha fatta


    • ALERTE / Algérie : Nouvelles #arrestations et détention de personnes migrantes

      EuroMed Droits et ses membres condamnent avec fermeté les arrestations massives en cours dans #Alger et sa banlieue. Plusieurs dizaines de personnes migrantes issues de pays d’Afrique subsaharienne ont été arrêtées depuis ce samedi 10 février, y compris des personnes en situation régulière.

      #détention_administrative #rétention

    • Reçu via la mailing-list de Migreurop, le 12 mars 2018 :

      L’Algérie continue, en catimini de se débarrasser de milliers migrants sur tout son territoire.

      Pressée par les pays européens de contenir le flux migratoire et d’exporter leur frontière vers le Maghreb et l’Afrique sub-saharien, l’Algérie, l’un des meilleures élèves, multiplie les arrestations de migrants sur tout leur territoire jusqu’au niveau des frontières. Ces arrestations s’opèrent sans aucun contrôle d’identité, sous prétexte qu’on applique l’accord dit de rapatriement mais pourtant la majorité des maliens avait des documents en bon et due forme et avec des cachés d’entrée en cours de validité.
      L’on peut croire que cette situation s’est intensifiée avec le discours du Ministre de l’Intérieur nigérien, Mr Bazoum le 21 Février dernier, de cesser d’expulser des migrants non-nigériens vers son pays.
      Ainsi, les migrants sont dépossédés de leur bien et refoulés dans ce no man’s land (#Khalil, frontière malienne) où pour rallier Gao, ils sont ensuite confrontés et raquetés par les groupuscules armés du désert.
      Certains migrants, plus chanceux de garder par devers eux une petite somme, cotisent pour payer le transport jusqu’à #Gao. C’est ainsi que dans l’après-midi d’hier, Mercredi 07 mars la Maison du migrant a accueilli 110 migrants dont 77 Maliens, 12 Ivoiriens, 10 Guinéens, 05 Sénégalais, 05 Burkinabés et 01 Béninois. Entassés dans un camion, le visage empoussiéré, fatigués et affamés, on imagine à vue d’œil combien était caillouteux et ardu leur chemin de calvaire. L’un deux à peine posé les pieds au sol, s’est affaissé. Il est hospitalisé et maintenu sous perfusion.
      Un deuxième cas de paludéen est enregistré ce matin. Cependant l’effet le plus troublant est les crises d’émotion. Il va s’en dire que pour beaucoup de migrants c’est une honte pour soi et pour la famille, de rentrer bredouille (les poches vides) en communauté après plusieurs années de périple. Bien souvent, l’#orgueil leur ceint la poitrine de retrouver la chaleur familiale après tant d’efforts vains car cette #échec est synonyme de #rejet et de #mépris.
      C’est ce qui explique sans nul doute la #tentative_de_suicide d’un des maliens, hier soir, aux environs de 20hrs, au sein du centre d’accueil. Mr X, Kayesien (habitant de Kayes), a piqué une crise et s’est jeté du haut de l’estrade vers le sol, la tête en avant. Tout en pleure, il disait préférer mourir que de rentrer à la maison. Il nous a fallu plus d’une heure, avec l’aide de ses compagnons pour le conscientiser et le calmer. Toute la nuit durant, on a été sur le qui-vive pour parer à un éventuel ‘’re-tentative’’. Par la grâce de Dieu ce matin il s’est plutôt calmé et on l’a acheminé sur Bamako.
      Autant de situations dramatiques qui nous donnent la chair de poule et fait appel à notre bon sens dans l’entraide et l’assistance qu’on est censé apporter à nos chers frères migrants en situation de retour.
      Coordinateur de la
      Maison du Migrant Gao/#Mali

    • L’Algérie accélère les expulsions de migrants subsahariens dans le désert

      En quelques semaines, des centaines de personnes ont été arrêtées pour être emmenées aux frontières avec le #Niger et le #Mali.
      Depuis le début de l’année, Alger a expulsé plusieurs centaines de migrants subsahariens à ses frontières sud, confirmant le durcissement de sa politique migratoire. Entre le 3 et le 13 février, plus de 500 personnes ont ainsi été expulsées à la frontière avec le Niger. Arrêtées dans différentes villes algériennes, elles ont été emmenées à Tamanrasset, à 1 800 km au sud d’Alger, où elles ont été retenues dans un camp de préfabriqués pendant plusieurs jours avant d’être emmenées dans des camions jusqu’à la frontière.

      L’Algérie et le Niger se sont mis d’accord en 2014 pour qu’Alger organise l’arrestation et l’expulsion de migrants nigériens qui mendient dans les différentes villes du pays. Selon les autorités algériennes, ces hommes, femmes et enfants sont utilisés par un réseau bien organisé, proche des réseaux de trafic et de terrorisme.

      Pourtant, depuis décembre 2016, les arrestations concernent également les migrants de différents pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest et d’Afrique centrale, de plus en plus nombreux dans les groupes d’expulsés. A tel point que le 21 février, en visite à Agadez, le ministre nigérien de l’intérieur a dénoncé les expulsions sur son territoire de ressortissants d’autres pays que le sien.

      « Nous avons eu de longues discussions avec les autorités algériennes, à l’occasion desquelles nous leur avons demandé de ne plus nous renvoyer de migrants du Mali, de Guinée et d’autres pays », a déclaré Mohamed Bazoum aux journalistes présents. Ce jour-là, dans le centre de l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM) de cette ville du nord du Niger, il y avait 770 non-Nigériens expulsés d’Algérie.

      Attaqués par des groupes armés

      Un autre élément montre qu’Alger a accéléré sa politique d’expulsion. Le 1er mars, les forces de l’ordre ont interpellé plusieurs dizaines d’hommes dans la ville de Ghardaïa, à 600 km au sud d’Alger. Selon les témoignages, la plupart étaient des ouvriers. Ces hommes ont été conduits à la frontière malienne, à proximité de la ville algérienne de Bordj Badji Mokhtar. Ils affirment avoir marché près de six heures dans le désert.

      Les 6 et 7 mars, 125 hommes sont finalement arrivés dans la ville de Gao, dans le nord-est Mali. La plupart étaient de nationalité malienne, les autres venaient de différents pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest. Selon un communiqué de Human Rights Watch (HRW), ils ont été attaqués à plusieurs reprises par des groupes armés sur la route. Certains d’entre eux font partie des quelques dizaines de manifestants qui, le 12 mars, ont violemment protesté devant l’ambassade d’Algérie à Bamako.

      Dans le même temps, les expulsions continuaient à la frontière nigérienne. Le 4 mars, Matias Meier, directeur du programme d’International Rescue Committee au Niger, a annoncé l’arrivée à Agadez de 1 000 migrantes expulsées d’Algérie. Et le 15 mars, le responsable de la mission de l’OIM au Niger a déclaré que 369 migrants, « principalement des Maliens et des Guinéens », ont été secourus à la frontière. Ils sont « en colère », « apeurés » et, pour certains, « traumatisés ».

      Premières arrestations à Oran

      Côté algérien, les arrestations ne faiblissent pas. Entre le 7 et le 11 mars, plusieurs dizaines de migrants ont été arrêtés sur différents chantiers de la capitale. Certains travaillaient sur des immeubles du quartier chic de Sidi Yahia et des logements sociaux construits par une entreprise turque dans la banlieue ouest. « Il faisait nuit, la police est entrée sur le chantier et a arrêté une vingtaine de personnes qui dormaient », explique un migrant employé par l’entreprise turque. « Des policiers, matraque à la main, pourchassaient des hommes en tenue de chantier dans la rue », affirme une jeune femme qui a assisté à une arrestation. Au total, dans la capitale, 280 personnes ont été arrêtées, dont des mineurs, selon les associations.

      Enfin, pour la première fois, samedi 17 mars, des interpellations ont eu lieu à Oran, la seconde ville du pays. « Vers 5 heures du matin, les forces de l’ordre ont déboulé dans nos habitations, témoigne un migrant ivoirien qui demande à rester anonyme. Ils nous ont demandé nos papiers. Ils cherchaient des Nigériens. » Le 8 mars, pourtant, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale des droits des femmes, le wali (préfet) d’Oran était apparu à la télévision d’Etat, accompagné du Croissant-Rouge algérien, distribuant des roses et des couvertures à des migrantes nigériennes.


    • Algeria: mass deportations of African migrants

      Algeria has repatriated 27,000 sub-Saharan African migrants since 2015, a rare official statistic revealed by the interior minister Nouredine Bedoui last Thursday. He added that repatriations are still ongoing. Algeria is a key destination and transit country for many African migrants, mostly from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso or Chad. People who have been deported from Algeria earlier this month, stated they were detained in makeshift camps for a few days before being taken on trucks and sent across the border at gunpoint. They then had to walk through the desert for hours to reach In Khalil, the first town in Mali. Some migrants also reported being robbed by armed groups along the way.



      Reçu via la mailing-list Migreurop, le 30 mars 2018:

      Le mois de Mars a témoigné plusieurs centaines de migrants refoulés
      d’Algérie. En dépit de la fermeture des frontières Algéro-malienne et
      malgré les cris de détresse, les plaintes et les alertes formulés
      auprès des organismes internationaux (Amnistie Internationale…) ;
      l’Algérie perpétue sans cesse les arrestations et les refoulements de
      migrants dans ces zones dépourvues de toute assistance humanitaire et
      contrôlées par des Djihadistes et des groupuscules armés.
      Les droits des migrants sont bafoués continuellement : pas de
      notification de l’ordre de quitter le territoire, pas de contrôle du
      juge de la légalité, de l’arrestation, de la privation de liberté et
      de la reconduite à la frontière, abandon en plein désert d’adultes
      sans tenir compte des personnes vulnérables mais surtout pas de
      contact direct des migrants avec leurs représentants consulaires.
      Ce phénomène de refoulement massif est ressenti à notre niveau depuis
      que le Niger a refusé d’accueillir les migrants non nigériens dans son
      terroir. Va savoir combien de maliens refoulés ont transité par le
      Niger bien avant.
      Grâce aux témoignages de certains migrants accueillis au centre le 13
      Mars dernier, on a appris que plus de 250 personnes étaient bloquées à
      In-Khalil. Cependant, une tentative d’acheminement de retours
      volontaires avait été tentée récemment. Ceux dont le chauffeur engagé
      a trouvé sur place, à l’image de leurs prédécesseurs, préféraient
      rebrousser chemin dans l’optique de récupérer leurs biens abandonnés
      à cause d’une arrestation précipitée et abusive après trois ou quatre
      ans de vie.
      En moins de quarante-huit (48) heures, la Maison du Migrant a
      accueilli des vagues successives de migrants en provenance d’Algérie,
      dont Soixante migrants, cinq mineurs et en majorité maliens. En dépit
      de la fatigue, certains souffrent de carence tandis que d’autres sont
      administrés à l’hôpital pour Paludisme aigu et crise d’ulcère.
      Cette situation criarde a interpellé sans doute les autorités
      maliennes car nous avons été surpris de recevoir, pour une première,
      la visite du Responsable de la Sécurité d’Etat et la Garde Nationale
      à Gao venir récolter des données sur la statistique du nombre de
      migrants accueillis, de leur nationalité et de leur lieu de
      Face à tout cela, nous ne pouvons-nous empêcher de spéculer sur
      certaines inquiétudes à savoir :
      1. Quelles approches diplomatiques ont été à la base prises par les
      autorités consulaires pour défendre les droits de leurs ressortissants
      en Algérie ?
      2. Les échanges ressortis lors de la visite dernière du Ministre de
      l’Intérieur Français, Mr Collomb au Niger, ne nous poussent-il pas à
      croire que nos autorités minimisent les politiques migratoires
      européennes ?

      Ainsi, la Maison du migrant prévoit le plutôt possible de faire une
      déclaration auprès des radios locales le vendredi 31 Mars prochain et
      une succession de rencontres d’échanges en vue d’interpeller les
      autorités étatiques sur le contexte d’expulsion des migrants dans
      cette no-man’s land.
      On ne saurait finir sans souligner la libération des neufs passeurs
      interpellés par la sécurité d’Etat à Bamako, en début février passé.
      L’Etat malien avait décidé de réagir contre les réseaux de passeurs
      incrédules qui profitaient de la vulnérabilité et de la naïveté des
      migrants, candidats au départ. Cette mise en disposition quoique
      salutaire ne nous éloigne pas de notre motivation première qui n’est
      autre que de défendre les intérêts et les droits des migrants.
      Salutations amicales
      Maison du Migrant Gao

    • L’Algérie continue toujours de se débarrasser de milliers de migrants sur tout son territoire vers les frontières malienne et nigérienne. Toujours et encore cette même xénophobie alimentée d’un égocentrisme sans limite, nourrit les refoulements intensifs de migrants hors du territoire algérien. Avec le mois du ramadan, une prise de conscience, un sentiment de partage et de respect de l’autre en l’occurrence du Droit du migrant, devrait enfin nourrir la Foi de ce peuple en majorité musulman. Hélas, non ! A l’instant, six (06) camions bondés de migrants sont à trois postes de l’entrée de la ville de Gao. D’après les treize migrants accueillis ce matin, toutes les nationalités et tous les genres se retrouvent dans ce convoi dont trois femmes camerounaises avec leurs enfants. Parmi les treize, l’histoire de TEHE Y.T, jeune ivoirien de 36 ans, est sans doute la plus marquante. Marié et père d’un enfant, rentrant du boulot un jour, il a constaté l’absence de sa femme, pourtant d’habitude elle était la première à la maison. Il s’est rendu à la crèche pour prendre son garçon, né en Alger un an et six mois plutôt, quand on lui raconte que celle-ci a été arrêtée par la police d’immigration sur le chemin de retour. Monsieur a vu sa vie se changer d’un jour à l’autre car contraint de prendre tout seul en charge le gamin en alternative avec son travail pendant que sa femme refoulée, elle-même ivoirienne, est sur la route de la Côte d’Ivoire. Quatre mois se sont écoulés avant qu’il ne subit le même sort que celui de sa femme. Heureusement que cette fois ci, l’enfant était en sa compagnie. Que serait devenu l’enfant, habitué à la crèche si le papa était arrêté au travail ou sur le chemin de retour ? Il y’aurait-il possibilité pour les parents de retrouver leur enfant ou simplement d’appréhender une vie sans leur petit ? Dans les préparatifs d’accueil des prochaines vagues de migrants, un problème crucial se pose à Gao. En effet, l’accès à l’eau devient un véritable talon d’Achille. Il faudrait patienter jusqu’à une heure du matin pour voir la première goutte d’eau sur le robinet. Pis l’assainissement de l’eau même reste à désirer. Dès l’ors on prévoit des Aqua-tabs, disponibles en pharmacie pour purifier et rendre consommable cette eau ou payer des pure-waters pour faire face à cette pénurie en cette période où la température monte jusqu’à 48° à l’ombre. A cela s’ajoute le manque de bus dans les agences de voyage dû à la dégradation des routes qui occasionne des retards de rentrée, l’insécurité qui oblige la fermeture des postes de contrôle dès 18hrs et le carême qui affecte forcément les chauffeurs avec cette canicule. Tous ces éléments concourent à rendre pénible le calvaire de ces migrants désespérés et pressés de rentrer en famille pour enfin retrouver la quiétude de l’esprit et un soulagement étreint par la haleur familiale.

      –-> reçu via email par la mailing-list Migreurop

    • Walk or die: Algeria strands 13,000 migrants in the Sahara

      From this isolated frontier post deep in the sands of the Sahara, the expelled migrants can be seen coming over the horizon by the hundreds. They look like specks in the distance, trudging miserably across some of the world’s most unforgiving terrain in the blistering sun.

      They are the ones who made it out alive.

      Here in the desert, Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 people in the past 14 months, including pregnant women and children, stranding them without food or water and forcing them to walk, sometimes at gunpoint, under temperatures of up to 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit).

      In #Niger, where the majority head, the lucky ones limp across a desolate 15-kilometer (9-mile) no man’s land to #Assamaka, less a town than a collection of unsteady buildings sinking into drifts of sand. Others, disoriented and dehydrated, wander for days before a U.N. rescue squad can find them. Untold numbers perish along the way; nearly all the more than two dozen survivors interviewed by The Associated Press told of people in their groups who simply could not go on and vanished into the Sahara.

      “Women were lying dead, men..... Other people got missing in the desert because they didn’t know the way,” said Janet Kamara, who was pregnant at the time. “Everybody was just on their own.”

      Her body still aches from the dead baby she gave birth to during the trek and left behind in the Sahara, buried in a shallow grave in the molten sand. Blood streaked her legs for days afterward, and weeks later, her ankles are still swollen. Now in #Arlit, Niger, she is reeling from the time she spent in what she calls “the wilderness,” sleeping in the sand.

      Quietly, in a voice almost devoid of feeling, she recalled at least two nights in the open before her group was finally rescued, but said she lost track of time.

      “I lost my son, my child,” said Kamara, a Liberian who ran her own home business selling drinks and food in Algeria and was expelled in May.

      Another woman in her early twenties, who was expelled at the same time, also went into labor, she said. That baby didn’t make it either.

      Algeria’s mass expulsions have picked up since October 2017, as the European Union renewed pressure on North African countries to head off migrants going north to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea or the barrier fences with Spain. These migrants from across sub-Saharan Africa — Mali, the Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Niger and more — are part of the mass migration toward Europe, some fleeing violence, others just hoping to make a living.

      A European Union spokesperson said the EU was aware of what Algeria was doing, but that “sovereign countries” can expel migrants as long as they comply with international law. Unlike Niger, Algeria takes none of the EU money intended to help with the migration crisis, although it did receive $111.3 million in aid from Europe between 2014 and 2017.

      Algeria provides no figures for the expulsions. But the number of people crossing on foot to Niger has been rising steadily since the International Organization for Migration started counting in May 2017, when 135 people were dropped at the crossing, to as high as 2,888 in April 2018. In all, according to the #IOM, a total of 11,276 men, women and children survived the march.

      At least another 2,500 were forced on a similar trek this year through the Sahara into neighboring Mali, with an unknown number succumbing along the way.

      The migrants the AP talked to described being rounded up hundreds at a time, crammed into open trucks headed southward for six to eight hours to what is known as Point Zero, then dropped in the desert and pointed in the direction of Niger. They are told to walk, sometimes at gunpoint. In early June, 217 men, women and children were dropped well before reaching Point Zero, fully 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the nearest source of water, according to the IOM.

      Within seconds of setting foot on the sand, the heat pierces even the thickest shoes. Sweat dries upon the first touch of air, providing little relief from the beating sun overhead. Each inhalation is like breathing in an oven.

      But there is no turning back.

      “There were people who couldn’t take it. They sat down and we left them. They were suffering too much,” said Aliou Kande, an 18-year-old from Senegal.

      Kande said nearly a dozen people simply gave up, collapsing in the sand. His group of 1,000 got lost and wandered from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., he said. He never saw the missing people again. The word he returned to, over and over, was “suffering.”

      Kande said the Algerian police stole everything he had earned when he was first detained — 40,000 dinars ($340) and a Samsung cellphone.

      “They tossed us into the desert, without our telephones, without money. I couldn’t even describe it to you,” he said, still livid at the memory.

      The migrants’ accounts are confirmed by multiple videos collected by the AP over months, which show hundreds of people stumbling away from lines of trucks and buses, spreading wider and wider through the desert. Two migrants told the AP gendarmes fired on the groups to force them to walk, and multiple videos seen by the AP showed armed, uniformed men standing guard near the trucks.

      “They bring you to the end of Algeria, to the end in the middle of the desert, and they show you that this is Niger,” said Tamba Dennis, another Liberian who was in Algeria on an expired work visa. “If you can’t bring water, some people die on the road.” He said not everyone in his group made it, but couldn’t say how many fell behind.

      Ju Dennis, another Liberian who is not related to Tamba, filmed his deportation with a cellphone he kept hidden on his body. It shows people crammed on the floor of an open truck, vainly trying to shade their bodies from the sun and hide from the gendarmes. He narrated every step of the way in a hushed voice.

      Even as he filmed, Ju Dennis knew what he wanted to tell the world what was happening.

      “You’re facing deportation in Algeria — there is no mercy,” he said. “I want to expose them now...We are here, and we saw what they did. And we got proof.”

      Algerian authorities refused to comment on the allegations raised by the AP. Algeria has denied criticism from the IOM and other organizations that it is committing human rights abuses by abandoning migrants in the desert, calling the allegations a “malicious campaign” intended to inflame neighboring countries.

      Along with the migrants who make their way from Algeria to Niger on foot, thousands more Nigerien migrants are expelled directly home in convoys of trucks and buses. That’s because of a 2015 agreement between Niger and Algeria to deal with Nigeriens living illegally in their neighbor to the north.

      Even then, there are reports of deaths, including one mother whose body was found inside the jammed bus at the end of the 450-kilometer (280-mile) journey from the border. Her two children, both sick with tuberculosis, were taken into custody, according to both the IOM and Ibrahim Diallo, a local journalist and activist.

      The number of migrants sent home in convoys — nearly all of them Nigerien — has also shot up, to at least 14,446 since August 2017, compared with 9,290 for all of 2016.

      The journey from Algeria to Niger is essentially the reverse of the path many in Africa took north — expecting work in Algeria or Libya or hoping to make it to Europe. They bumped across the desert in Toyota Hilux pickups, 15 to 20 in the flatbed, grasping gnarled sticks for balance and praying the jugs of water they sat upon would last the trip.

      The number of migrants going to Algeria may be increasing as an unintended side effect of Europe’s successful blocking of the Libyan crossing, said Camille Le Coz, an analyst at the Migration Policy Institute in Brussels.

      But people die going both ways; the Sahara is a swift killer that leaves little evidence behind. The arid heat shrivels bodies, and blowing sand envelops the remains. The IOM has estimated that for every migrant known to have died crossing the Mediterranean, as many as two are lost in the desert — potentially upwards of 30,000 people since 2014.

      The vast flow of migrants puts an enormous strain on all the points along the route. The first stop south is Assamaka, the only official border post in the 950-kilometer (590 mile) border Algeria shares with Niger.

      Even in Assamaka, there are just two water wells — one that pumps only at night and the other, dating to French colonial times, that gives rusty water. The needs of each wave of expelled migrants overwhelm the village — food, water, medicine.

      “They come by the thousands....I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Alhoussan Adouwal, an IOM official who has taken up residence in the village to send out the alert when a new group arrives. He then tries to arrange rescue for those still in the desert. “It’s a catastrophe.”

      In Assamaka, the migrants settle into a depression in the dunes behind the border post until the IOM can get enough buses to fetch them. The IOM offers them a choice: Register with IOM to return eventually to their home countries or fend for themselves at the border.

      Some decide to take their chances on another trip north, moving to The Dune, an otherworldly open-air market a few kilometers away, where macaroni and gasoline from Algeria are sold out of the back of pickups and donkey carts. From there, they will try again to return to Algeria, in hopes of regaining the lives and jobs they left behind. Trucks are leaving all the time, and they take their fare in Algerian dinars.

      The rest will leave by bus for the town of Arlit, about 6 hours to the south through soft sand.

      In Arlit, a sweltering transit center designed for a few hundred people lately has held upwards of 1,000 at a time for weeks on end.

      “Our geographical position is such that today, we are directly in the path of all the expulsions of migrants,” said Arlit Mayor Abdourahman Mawli. Mawli said he had heard of deaths along the way from the migrants and also from the IOM. Others, he said, simply turned right round and tried to return to Algeria.

      “So it becomes an endless cycle,” he said wearily.

      One man at the center with scars on his hands and arms was so traumatized that he never spoke and didn’t leave. The other migrants assumed he had endured the unspeakable in Algeria, a place where many said they had been robbed and beaten by authorities. Despite knowing nothing about him, they washed and dressed him tenderly in clean clothes, and laid out food so he could eat. He embarked on an endless loop of the yard in the midday sun.

      With no name, no confirmed nationality and no one to claim him, the man had been in Arlit for more than a month. Nearly all of the rest would continue south mostly off-road to Agadez, the Nigerien city that has been a crossroads for African trade and migration for generations. Ultimately, they will return to their home countries on IOM-sponsored flights.

      In Agadez, the IOM camps are also filling up with those expelled from Algeria. Both they and the mayor of Agadez are growing increasingly impatient with their fate.

      “We want to keep our little bit of tranquility,” said the mayor, Rhissa Feltou. “Our hospitality is a threat to us.”

      Even as these migrants move south, they cross paths with some who are making the trip north through #Agadez.

      Every Monday evening, dozens of pickup trucks filled with the hopeful pass through a military checkpoint at the edge of the city. They are fully loaded with water and people gripping sticks, their eyes firmly fixed on the future.

      #sahara #abandon #cartographie #visualisation #OIM #décès #mort #mourir_dans_le_désert

    • Algeria dumps thousands of migrants in the Sahara amid EU-funded crackdown

      Not far from the Algerian border, the infant gave up its fight for life under the punishing Saharan sun.

      “The mother, she is a friend of mine. Her baby passed away in the desert,” said Thomas Howard, a painter and decorator from the west African state of Liberia.

      Mr Howard and his friend had migrated north to Algeria looking for work but were rounded up, beaten and robbed by Algerian security forces before being put in a truck, driven back south and dumped in the desert.


      Et sur le compte twitter de l’auteure :

      “Algerian police went to my house and told me to leave with my wife and my kid. They said they want all black people to leave their country" — my report from Agadez, Niger, on Algeria’s racist expulsions of African migrants left to die in the Sahara.


    • Algeria: growing number of migrants expelled into the Sahara desert to face death by exposure

      A report published by the Associated Press on Monday contains testimonies from individuals from sub-Saharan countries, who were expelled from Algeria to Niger. It describes how pregnant women and children were among those abandoned at the border, with others being threatened at gunpoint to walk through the desert without food or water in temperatures reaching 48 degrees Celsius.

      In the last 14 months since the International Organization for Migration (IOM) began recording the number of expulsions, over 13,000 migrants are said to have been forced into the desert after mass expulsions by the Algerian authorities, with an unknown number of these unable to survive the onward journey to safety and perishing in the desert.

      The report’s testimonies from those who survived the 15-kilometre walk from Algeria’s border zone to the closest town in Niger contain details of people collapsing in the desert, or dying of dehydration after becoming lost in the difficult terrain. A woman describes giving birth to her stillborn child during the trek, forced to bury him in the desert before continuing the journey. The migrants recount having their mobile telephones stolen by Algerian police before being deposited in the desert, making them unable to navigate.

      Camille Le Coz of the Migration Policy Institute in Brussels states that the number of migrants going to Algeria may be increasing as a side effect of Europe blocking the Libyan crossing. An IOM official working at the border town of Assamaka is quoted as saying “They come by the thousands….I’ve never seen anything like it […] It’s a catastrophe.” The IOM put out a press release this week expressing their concern at the situation.

      Human Rights Watch also reported this week that they had interviewed people who said that the Algerian authorities had raided areas where migrants are known to live, arresting them on the streets or on construction sites, and expelled them in large groups, in most instances with no food and little water. The Algerian authorities did not consider the migrants’ legal status in Algeria or their vulnerabilities, despite some of the migrants being in possession of a valid visa or a certificate from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stating that the agency is reviewing their claim for refugee status. Sarah Leah Whitson from Human Rights Watch said “Algeria has the power to control its borders, but that doesn’t mean it can round up people based on the color of their skin and dump them in the desert, regardless of their legal status and without a shred of due process.”

      On May 22, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights called on the Algerian government to “cease the collective expulsions of migrants.” Earlier in June, the president of the Algerian Red Crescent pushed back against NGO and UN critiques of the deportations, “It would make more sense to point the finger not at the Algerian government, which has the upper hand in the present case, but at the people who caused all the tragedies being unwillingly suffered by the African migrants,” said Saida Benhabiles.


    • Le HCR réclame un accès à un groupe de réfugiés bloqué à la frontière entre l’Algérie et le Niger

      Le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, s’est dit préoccupé par la sécurité des personnes vulnérables originaires de Syrie, du Yémen et de Palestine qui seraient bloquées à la frontière avec le Niger, au sud de l’Algérie.

      Le HCR a reçu des informations selon lesquelles le groupe, composé d’environ 120 Syriens, Palestiniens et Yéménites, avait été détenu au centre de Tamanrasset dans le sud de l’Algérie, avant d’être conduit vers une zone proche du poste-frontière de Guezzam, le 26 décembre dernier.

      Certaines des personnes de ce groupe sont connues du HCR comme étant des réfugiés enregistrés qui ont fui le conflit et les persécutions ou qui ont signalé avoir tenté d’obtenir une protection internationale en Algérie.

      Selon les informations reçues, 20 personnes appartenant à ce groupe sont actuellement bloquées dans le désert, à trois kilomètres du poste-frontière de Guezzam où elles sont exposées aux éléments. Les 100 autres qui ont été transportées vers la frontière sont portées disparues.

      Le HCR est en contact avec les autorités algériennes au sujet de cet incident et demande à accéder à ces personnes pour évaluer leurs besoins en matière de protection. Cependant, l’agence onusienne a démenti les informations parues dans les médias algériens selon lesquelles ces personnes auraient été transférées à la frontière avec son accord.

      Compte tenu de l’urgence de fournir une aide humanitaire aux personnes bloquées, le HCR a appelé les autorités algériennes à pouvoir accéder à ces personnes, à répondre aux besoins humanitaires, à identifier les personnes qui ont besoin de protection internationale et à assurer leur sécurité.

      Tout en reconnaissant les difficultés rencontrées par l’Algérie pour faire face aux mouvements mixtes, l’agence onusienne maintient une communication régulière avec les autorités pour gérer la situation des réfugiés et des demandeurs d’asile, qui peuvent faire l’objet d’arrestations et d’expulsions.

      L’Algérie a ouvert ses portes à environ 50.000 réfugiés syriens en quête de sécurité dans le pays. Le HCR a appelé les autorités à étendre cette hospitalité aux personnes qui en ont besoin.

      Bien que la gestion des frontières demeure une prérogative souveraine de chaque gouvernement, l’agence onusienne a réaffirmé que la sécurité des frontières et la protection internationale ne s’excluent pas mutuellement. Selon elle, toute personne dont la vie est en danger dans son pays d’origine doit pouvoir accéder à un territoire afin de demander l’asile dans un pays sûr et chaque demande d’asile doit être examinée individuellement.


    • Le HCR appelle à accéder aux réfugiés à la frontière entre l’Algérie et le Niger

      Le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, est préoccupé par la sécurité des personnes vulnérables originaires de Syrie, du Yémen et de Palestine qui seraient bloquées à la frontière avec le Niger, au sud de l’Algérie.

      Le HCR a reçu des informations selon lesquelles le groupe, composé d’environ 120 Syriens, Palestiniens et Yéménites, avait été détenu au centre de Tamanrasset dans le sud de l’Algérie, avant d’être conduit vers une zone proche du poste-frontière de Guezzam, le 26 décembre dernier.

      Certaines des personnes de ce groupe sont connues du HCR comme étant des réfugiés enregistrés qui ont fui le conflit et les persécutions ou qui ont signalé avoir tenté d’obtenir une protection internationale en Algérie.

      Selon les informations reçues par le HCR, 20 personnes appartenant à ce groupe sont actuellement bloquées dans le désert, à trois kilomètres du poste-frontière de Guezzam où elles sont exposées aux éléments. Les 100 autres qui ont été transportées vers la frontière sont portées disparues.

      Le HCR est en contact avec les autorités algériennes au sujet de cet incident et demande à accéder à ces personnes pour évaluer leurs besoins en matière de protection. Cependant, selon des informations parues dans les médias algériens d’après lesquelles ces personnes auraient été transférées à la frontière avec l’accord du HCR, nous tenons à préciser que le HCR n’a été impliqué en aucune manière dans cette affaire.

      Compte tenu de l’urgence de fournir une aide humanitaire aux personnes bloquées, le HCR appelle les autorités algériennes à pouvoir accéder à ces personnes, à répondre aux besoins humanitaires, à identifier les personnes qui ont besoin de protection internationale et à assurer leur sécurité.

      Tout en reconnaissant les difficultés rencontrées par l’Algérie pour faire face aux mouvements mixtes, le HCR maintient une communication régulière avec les autorités pour gérer la situation des réfugiés et des demandeurs d’asile, qui peuvent faire l’objet d’arrestations et d’expulsions.

      L’Algérie a ouvert ses portes à environ 50 000 réfugiés syriens en quête de sécurité dans le pays et nous appelons les autorités à étendre cette hospitalité aux personnes qui en ont besoin.

      Bien que la gestion des frontières demeure une prérogative souveraine de chaque gouvernement, le HCR réaffirme que la sécurité des frontières et la protection internationale ne s’excluent pas mutuellement.

      Le HCR souligne que toute personne dont la vie est en danger dans son pays d’origine doit pouvoir accéder à un territoire afin de demander l’asile dans un pays sûr et que chaque demande d’asile doit être examinée individuellement.


    • Une centaine de migrants « portés disparus » dans le sud de l’Algérie, le HCR se dit inquiet

      Le HCR a exprimé jeudi son inquiétude concernant le sort d’une centaine de migrants originaires de pays arabes « portés disparus » après avoir été emmenés par les autorités algériennes dans un secteur proche de la frontière nigérienne.

      Une centaine de migrants syriens, palestiniens et yéménites sont « portés disparus » dans le sud de l’Algérie. Ils faisaient partie d’un groupe de 120 migrants originaires de pays arabes qui avaient été « détenus au centre de #Tamanrasset dans le sud de l’Algérie, avant d’être conduits vers une zone proche du poste-frontière d’#In_Guezzam, le 26 décembre », a affirmé le Haut-commissariat pour les réfugiés de l’ONU (HCR), jeudi 3 janvier, dans un communiqué.

      Vingt autres personnes du groupe sont, elles, « actuellement bloquées dans le désert », près du poste-frontière d’In Guezzam.

      « Certaines des personnes de ce groupe sont connues du HCR comme étant des réfugiés enregistrés qui ont fui le conflit et les persécutions ou qui ont signalé avoir tenté d’obtenir une protection internationale en Algérie », affirme l’agence onusienne dans le communiqué.

      Contacté par l’AFP, un responsable du ministère algérien de l’Intérieur a déclaré jeudi qu’une « centaine de personnes, en majorité des Syriens », avaient été expulsées en raison de soupçons de liens avec des groupes « jihadistes ».

      Selon Hacen Kacimi, directeur chargé de la migration au sein du ministère, ces personnes étaient entrées illégalement en Algérie. Elles avaient été arrêtées en septembre et traduites devant la justice qui a ordonné leur expulsion.

      Le HCR a demandé aux autorités algériennes de pouvoir accéder aux personnes bloquées à la frontière, pour « répondre aux besoins humanitaires, identifier les personnes qui ont besoin de protection internationale et assurer leur sécurité ».

      L’Algérie est régulièrement la cible de critiques des ONG sur la façon dont les migrants subsahariens sont traités dans le pays.

      Le pays, qui ne dispose pas de législation en matière d’asile, fait face ces dernières années à un afflux de migrants subsahariens, estimés à quelque 100 000 en Algérie par les ONG.


    • Migration : Chasse aux sorciers de l’Algérie contre les migrants maliens

      Depuis plusieurs mois, on assiste à véritable chasse aux sorciers des autorités algériennes contre les migrants maliens. Ces maliens vivants dans ce pays frontalier du Mali sont tout le temps prisent et refoulés. Depuis le début du mois janvier 2019 à ce jour, plus de 700 migrants maliens ont été refoulés par l’Algérie sans raison valable.

      Les chiffres parlent d’eux même. Selon nos informations, trois bus avec à bord 160 migrants maliens sont arrivés le mardi dernier à Bamako en provenance de l’Algérie. Ce nombre vient compléter le total à 760 migrants maliens expulsés de ce pays depuis le début de l’année. Actuellement 100 autres migrants sont en attente la frontière nigérienne. Les autorités nigériennes ont accepté qu’ils passent par le Niger cela grâce à la diplomatie de l’Ambassade du Mali au Niger. Mais Niamey a juste donné un moratoire en laissant les migrants passer par leur pays. Les autorités Nigériennes ont fait savoir que qu’elles ne vont plus permettre le passage d’autres migrants Maliens en provenance de l’Algérie. De sources proche du département des Maliens de extérieur et de l’intégration Africaine, les mesures sont déjà prises pour le retour des ces 100 migrants Maliens à Bamako en passant par le Niger.

      Qu’est ce qui explique cet acharnement contre les Maliens en Algérie ? Pourquoi pas les migrants des autres pays ? En entendant de trouver des réponses à ces interrogations, selon les spécialistes des questions migratoires, cet acte de l’Algérie est une violation flagrante des accords et traités internationaux signés et ratifiés par l’Algérie. Il constitue aussi une violation grave des droits de l’homme et des principes de la migration dans le monde.


    • En Algérie, la chasse aux migrants continue pendant la contestation

      Les autorités algériennes multiplient les opérations de reconduite à la frontière du #Niger de migrants subsahariens. Lesquels migrants dénoncent des pratiques brutales, en dehors de toute procédure, avec des biens confisqués et des personnes parfois livrées à elles-mêmes en plein désert.


  • UN Migration Agency Search and Rescue Missions in Sahara Desert Help 1,000 Migrants

    Dirkou – A total of 1,000 migrants have been rescued since April of this year in northern Niger by the search and rescue operations of IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

    #SAR #mourir_dans_le_désert #Migrants_Rescue_and_Assistance_in_Agadez_Region (#MIRAA) #Sahara #sauvetage #Niger #migrations #asile #réfugiés #désert #chiffres #statistiques (même si probablement on est très très en dessous, mais ce chiffre de 1000 donne déjà une idée...)
    cc @reka

  • L’OIM découvre des « marchés aux esclaves » qui mettent en péril la vie des migrants en Afrique du Nord

    Le week-end dernier, le personnel de l’OIM au Niger et en Libye a relaté des événements choquants sur les itinéraires migratoires d’Afrique du Nord, qu’il a décrit comme des « marchés aux esclaves » qui touchent des centaines de jeunes Africains en route vers la Libye.

  • IOM Cites Discovery of More Victims in Sahara among Migrants Bound for Libya

    Niger - The discovery Monday of the remains of 30 migrants in Dirkou, northeast of Niger’s Agadez crossroads brings to 48 the total of dead migrants found in the Sahara this week, adding to the growing death toll of Africans and Middle Easterners believed to have perished this year on their way to Europe.

    #mourir_dans_le_désert #décès #morts #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Sahara
    cc @reka

  • Desperate Red Sea Journeys: Refugees Pour Into and Out of Yemen

    Following the attack that killed 42 Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen, we report from #Djibouti on the desperate choices faced by refugees who fled to Yemen and now find themselves in the middle of another conflict.

    #Mer_Rouge #mourir_en_mer #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Yémen
    cc @reka

    • Yemen Received More Migrants in #2018 than Europe

      « The International Organization for Migration says that nearly 150,000 migrants arrived in war torn Yemen in 2018. This is despite ongoing conflict, a cholera outbreak and near famine conditions in much of the country.

      Perhaps what is most remarkable about this figure is that the number of migrants expected to arrive in Yemen before the end of 2018 far exceeds the number of irregular migrants who have arrived in Europe in 2018, which is 134,000. Deeper still, while the number of migrants to Europe sharply declined between 2017 and 2018, the number of migrants to Yemen increased by 50% compared to 2017.

      Why are migrants flocking to war torn Yemen in such large numbers?

      According to the International Organization for Migration, the vast majority of migrants are from Ethiopia and they travel to Yemen via smuggling routes across the Red Sea, most from Djibouti. Their ultimate destination is not Yemen, but rather Saudi Arabia where they hope to find gainful employment. From the International Organization for Migration:

      “Located at the cusp of two continents, Yemen historically has been an origin, transit and destination country of migrants. Today, an estimated 92 per cent of its incoming migrants are Ethiopian nationals, with Somalis accounting for the rest. In 2017, an estimated 100,000 migrants reached Yemen.

      Migrants reaching Yemen travel first by land, primarily through Djibouti, and eventually undergo perilous boat journeys across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen, now one of the busiest maritime migration routes in the world. A smaller number sails from Somalia’s coastline.

      Both routes are also among the world’s most “youthful,” in the sense that minors account for an estimated 20 per cent of the migrants. Many are unaccompanied.”

      The stories of these migrants are instructive. Last year, Mohammed Abdiker of the IOM penned an essay on this “deadly migration route that the world is ignoring.”

      “The stories we hear from them are the same; they know someone who has gone before and “made it.” Someone who has sent enough money home to build their parents a house, put their brother through school or regenerate their family farm affected by years of drought. Migrants often cite these examples as proof that once they reach their destination they will be able to pull themselves and their loved ones out of poverty.”

      …One person who our team on the ground helped, was a 14-year-old boy named Mohammed. He wanted to travel from Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia to find work and hopefully save some money. He left his home with some friends without telling his relatives. They walked several hundred miles, while hungry and thirsty.Risking drowning in the sea, they crossed from Djibouti to Yemen. When they got to Yemen, Mohammed says he and his friends were abducted by smugglers in an area where there is ongoing fighting. He says the smugglers abused him physically and only released him once they had extorted money from him and his friends through their families back home.Attempting to then travel through the country to the border, they were seriously injured by an explosion. An ambulance took Mohammed and five others to a hospital. According to Mohammed, two female migrants died and the other migrants from his group were never found. Mohammed was transferred to the prison in Hodeidah, which is where IOM met him and provided him with assistance.”

      The fact that so many people are willing to flee to Yemen is a profound demonstration of the power of migration. People want to move– and they are willing accept huge risks in pursuit of a better life ».

      #statistiques #chiffres

  • Libia, Niger e Sudan, le nuove frontiere europee.

    Effetti perversi del Processo di Khartoum e del #Migration_Compact. Cosa significa l’esternalizzazione dei controlli di frontiera: Libia, Niger e Sudan nuove “frontiere” europee.

    #externalisation #asile #migrations #réfugiés
    #processus_de_Khartoum #Libye #Niger #Soudan

  • Niger : 34 migrants dont 20 enfants retrouvés morts dans le désert

    Trente-quatre migrants, dont 20 enfants, sont morts la semaine dernière dans le désert nigérien, en tentant de se rendre en Algérie voisine, devenue une destination privilégiée des migrants subsahariens.


    #Niger #asile #migrations #réfugiés #décès #mourir_dans_le_désert #mourir_dans_le_sahel

  • Le désert nigérien, l’autre tombeau des migrants africains

    Les restes de près de 50 migrants ont été retrouvés ces derniers jours dans le #Sahara qui « pourrait bien être aussi meurtrier que la mer Méditerranée » selon un expert.

    #Niger #réfugiés #migration #asile #mourir_dans_le_désert #désert

  • Migrants morts dans le Sahara : des drames difficiles à chiffrer - Afrique - RFI


    On parle souvent des bateaux qui s’échouent dramatiquement sur les côtes méditerranéennes. Mais la route des migrants à destination de l’Europe les oblige souvent à traverser le Sahara. Près de 50 corps inanimés ont été retrouvés au nord-ouest du Niger la semaine dernière.

    L’Organisation internationale des migrations (OIM) n’en finit pas de faire des découvertes macabres dans le désert du Niger : 18 personnes mortes de soif la semaine dernière sur un axe rejoignant l’Algérie, 30 corps en décomposition retrouvés ce lundi près de la ville de Dirkou, au nord-est d’Agadez en direction de la frontière libyenne.

    #migratiosn #asile #sahel #afrique #mourir_dans_le_désert

  • The unforgotten

    Among the many illegal migrants who die crossing the southern US border, hundreds are never identified, buried without ceremony, casket, or name. Connecting the dead with those who mourn them is the mission of a cadre of college students, who aren’t about politics but about dignity — for people like Santos Interiano, who crossed into Texas a year ago and simply vanished.


    #décès #mort #mourir_dans_le_désert #frontière #Mexique #USA #Etats-Unis #migration #identification #cadavre #photographie #reportage_photo #photoreportage
    cc @albertocampiphoto

  • Trois cents migrants abandonnés dans le désert entre le #Soudan et la #Libye

    Plus de 300 migrants clandestins ont été abandonnés par leurs passeurs en plein désert à la frontière entre le Soudan et la Libye, où neuf d’entre eux ont trouvé la mort. « Ils étaient en route pour la Libye », a expliqué un porte-parole de l’armée soudanaise. D’après lui, les neuf morts sont Soudanais, mais des Ethiopiens, des Erythréens, des Pakistanais et des Bangladais se trouvaient également dans le groupe.


    #migration #mourir_dans_le_désert #asile #réfugié

  • Niger-Algérie : « Les cris des enfants étaient au-delà du supportable »

    Aïssa, 24 ans, a survécu à l’un drame les plus meurtriers des routes migratoires subsahariennes depuis dix ans. El Watan Week-end a recueilli son témoignage bouleversant sur une traversée qui a coûté la vie à 92 Nigériens, morts de soif et de faim à une dizaine de kilomètres de la frontière algérienne.

    #niger #algerie #migration #parcours_migratoire #temoignage #mourir_dans_le_desert #route_migratoire

  • Frontière Niger/Algérie : « Nous avons enterré les migrants en plein désert » | France 24

    Je pense qu’il s’agissait d’élèves d’écoles coraniques partis avec leurs marabouts en Algérie pour mendier. Il ne s’agit pour l’instant que d’une hypothèse, mais elle me paraît assez probable car on a trouvé des ardoises et des Corans avec les cadavres.

    A lire, sur Orient XXI, des réfugiés repoussés par tous http://orientxxi.info/magazine/egypte-sinai-libye-israel-les,0388


  • Les #cadavres de 92 #migrants retrouvés dans le #désert au #Niger

    Les cadavres de 87 migrants ont été retrouvés mercredi 30 octobre dans le désert nigérien, à une dizaine de kilomètres de la frontière algérienne. Ces victimes – 7 hommes, 32 femmes et 48 enfants – s’ajoutent aux dépouilles de cinq femmes et fillettes retrouvées lundi par l’armée nigérienne qui avait alors indiqué qu’au moins 35 autres corps avaient été repérés. Mais ce sont donc 92 personnes qui ont trouvé la mort début octobre dans ce voyage pour l’Algérie, ce qui fait de ce drame l’un des plus meurtriers sur les #routes_migratoires nigériennes depuis au moins une décennie.


    #migration #mourir_dans_le_désert #décès #mort