Alarme Phone Sahara (APS) is a cooperation project between associations, groups and individuals in the Sahel-Saharan region and Europe with the aim to defend the lives and the freedom of movement of migrants and refugees against repressive and often deadly migration policies. The members of the Alarme Phone Sahara network are based in Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Morocco, Germany and Austria. Alarme Phone Sahara's office is located in Agadez, Niger, which is a crossroads of migration in the Sahelo-Saharan zone. There is also a network of whistleblowers in the region that works in collaboration with the Agadez office.

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Advice for migrants when crossing the desert (french)

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Raising awareness - for what purpose?

The IOM (International Organisation of Migration) is presently organising an "awareness raising caravan" through different cities of Niger (from Niamey to Tahoua, Agadez, Arlit and others) to "raise awareness of the risks of irregular migration and its alternatives".

But what are actually the aims the IOM pursues?

https://www.iom.int/news/awareness-raising-caravan-sets-month-long-trip-across-niger

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"In Niger, the UE counts on local police to track down migrants"

A report in French on mediapart.fr on the installation of biometric tools as part of "Midas" - the system of information and analysis on data concerning migration - at border checkpoints of Niger republic.

Refoulés d’Algérie, des migrants sont identifiés par l’OIM à Agadez au Niger, en 2018. © Francesco Bellina

© Francesco Bellina

"Midas" is financed by the EU in collaboration with Japan and set up by the IOM - creator and owner of the Midas system - together with Eucap Sahel, the "civil security" mission of the EU in the Sahel countries.

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Sudanese refugees in Agadez / Niger

Besides people blocked in transit in Niger or pushed back from Algeria, there is a rising number of refugees in Agadez/Niger who have applied for asylum in Niger republic and who are living in camps run by UNHCR or by NGOs collaborating with UNHCR. Most of them are Sudanese from Darfur region.

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019
Death in the cold at the Moroccan-Algerian border!

At least 8 migrants died in the border region between Algeria and Morocco between December 2018 and 5th of February 2019.

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Thursday, 14 March 2019
Rescue of people in distress in the Ténéré desert

                             

Thursday, 14th of March 2019, the team of Alarme Phone Sahara whistle blowers from Bilma participated in the rescue of a group of 25 persons who had been in distress in the desert for several days due to a breakdown of their vehicule. The people concerned were citizens of Niger on their way for seasonal migration to Libya.

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Thursday, 07 March 2019
Migrants and refugees pushed back from Algeria to the desert

                                                                                  

Migrants band refugees pushed back from Algeria to the desert in the border region between Algeria and Niger republic, near the border town of Assamakah.

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Thursday, 07 March 2019
Demo in Niamey by refugees blocked in Niger

"We ask again and again UNHR about our case, but no solution."

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