deaths in Nador, deportations into the desert
10.Oct.05 - murders in Nador, deportations into the desert
Testimonies by subsaharian migrants speak of 36 deaths and an
indeterminate number of disappeared. After the mass attempts to enter the Spanish exclaves Ceuta and Melilla in the last weeks several thousands of subsaharian companeros, including many injured people, have been abandoned in the middle of the desert without water or food by the the Morcoccan authorities
This is a historical crisis, and all europeans are part of it, as it is the European space which is being defended and European policies of externalization and militarizations which are being deployed. The situation is extremely urgent. Read on for the testimonies by different migrants with explainations of last days events. Testimonies by subsaharian migrants speak of 36 deaths and an indeterminate number of disappeared. After the mass attempts to enter the Spanish exclaves Ceuta and Melilla in the last weeks several thousands of subsaharian companeros, including many injured people, have been abandoned in the middle of the desert without water or food by the the Morcoccan authorities
This is a historical crisis, and all europeans are part of it, as it is the European space which is being defended and European policies of externalization and militarizations which are being deployed. The situation is extremely urgent. Read on for the testimonies by different migrants with explainations of last days events.
Murders in Nador, deportations into Sahara desert
I here send you a testimony which summarises and reflects the viewpoint of the immigrants of Nador about the attempted entry to Melilla. Officially, the marrocan authorities admit the existence of six dead people.
"At 2.30am (marrocan time), we arrived at the barbed wire fence. We saw four helicopters, it seemed as if three were spanish and one marrocan. We hadn't yet crossed the first barbed wire fence, and nobody had touched us...we had managed to get that far. They started to shoot at us at to tear-gas us. I saw two bodies drop at my side. The marrocan police had encircled us from the back and in front of us was the spanish police, some of them on marrocan territory. They shot at us from both sides, from the spanish as well as the marrocan side.
I myself have transported back one wounded, who had a bullet in his foot.
At the hospital in Nador, a wounded comrade of us saw seven bodies arrive, which means there are seven dead people. In the local woods, there are still many wounded which have not received medical attention. Here are also 32 wounded persons, most of them with wounds caused by bullets. There are broken legs and arms, and no aid from humanitarian organisations like 'medics without frontiers' has reached us since they keep us locked up completely. In the small marrocan shops where we buy food, they don't want to sell us food out of fear.
We did not attack thousand people, is it impossible?
There seems to be no way out of this situation. Before, when they 'fucked us' at least our lives were not in danger. Now they send you back to the sahara desert and you die. You have to choose between dying in the desert or being shot at the barbed wire fence." -- L., C.
This comrade from Cameroon is right. Until this moment, there is no way to count the number of disappeared people, but we know that from Saturday until Wednesday of this week, 60 busses with each between 40-60 people have been deported to a desert zone which forms the border between Algeria and Marroco.
The different groups we contacted told us about 36 dead people and an undetermined number of disappeared people.
Potentially, all africans are worried about these deeds, and in the countries of origin, they speak about it all day on tv and radio. In subsaharan africa, they call it genocide and hunt on black people.
We confirmed that effectively, there are at least around 30 asylum seekers that have been deported. We were able to talk to three citizens, one from Cameroon and one from Senegal whose had proper papers for the state of marroco.
We confirmed that at least ten women with babies and around 50 women who said to be pregnant have been deported.
The issue of these women worries us especially since they are most vulnerable, thinking about the violence, also sexual violence, which might have been used against them during the deportations as well.
One of the testimonies we received explains and summarises the proceedings of the deportation carried out by the marrocan authorities:
"I was in Spain. The night we planned to enter Ceuta. I had passed the two barbed wire fences and was confronted by the Guardia Civil, which made me return with an unbelievable brutality, one I had never imagined to experience in a democratic country. They handed me over to the marrocan military together with 155 persons who were alright and 20plus people of various injuries. They were all shooting real bullets, the marrocans and the spanish, the spanish when we were on the fences and the corpses dropping. I remember the dead ones and I die within, too.
The marrocan authorities brought us to the city of Oujda, as always. When I arrived there, I saw many many africans coming from other places in Marroco. I saw many with asylum papers issued by the UNHCR stating that they were under temporary protextion of the United Nations.
I also saw many comrades that had an entry visa for Marroco or a entry stamp in their passport that had not expired yet.
I saw many women and babies, I saw many pregnant women.
They put us into busses. I thought they would bring us to the border twenty kms from Oujda as always. We were 14 busses, but they were driving to the south, I calculated a distance of about 600 kms.
Then, the busses stopped and military trucks and jeeps arrived. They seperated us into small groups and brought us into the desert.
There they left us, without food nor water.
In the distance, there were lights, and the marrocans told us they were from Algeria. We marched all night towards the lights, some of us reached them and we saw that they were a algerian military camp. The soldiers gave us water and food. More and more people arrived, but some never did. We lost them in the desert.
I swear that those who didn't arrive died in the desert for real.
The algerians didn't maltreat us in that moment. They moved us and showed us the way in order not to bump into the marrocan military camp which transported us in jeeps/trucks.
The problem is that if they see you again, the marrocan soldiers will deport you again and you start at square zero.
There were deportations of injured people, with broken legs, who couldn't walk and were left in the desert.
We don't think about us who are alright but about those who remained in the desert. We plead to search them with helicopters, the hours run."
 Nador From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Nador city, northeastern Morocco in the Rif. The city is a small Mediterranean port on the Bou Areg Lagoon and a trading centre for fish, fruits, and livestock. It is linked to the Spanish plaza (North African enclave) of Melilla, 9 miles (15 km) north, by road and railway.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Oujda is a city in
eastern Morocco with an estimated population of half a million
inhabitants. The city is located about 15 kilometers west of Algeria
and about 60 kilometers south of the Mediterranean Sea.