Intensified migrant hunting campaign announced in Algeria
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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.
As borders between African states are closed due to the Corona crisis, deportations and pushbacks continue and thousands of migrants and refugees are stranded in transit countries such as Niger. Protests arise while people complain about bad living conditions inside camps and mismanagement by the IOM.
Alarme Phone Sahara, together with Afrique-Europe Interact, supports the struggle for the liberation of the representatives of the Nigerien civil society arrested after a demonstration against corruption and bad governance on 15th of March 2020 in Niamey, capital of Niger.
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Galius Moumouni Efouad was deported from Algeria to the border of Niger near Assamaka, put in quarantine and then brought to the IOM transit centre in Arlit.
Practices of active solidarity, which should not be forgotten even in times when the corona crisis seems to overshadow everything:
On 12th and 13th of March 2020, 38 persons were rescued with the assistance of an Alarme Phone Sahara team near the Mafrouss well in the desert near the border between Niger and Libya.
Reports about abuses by security forces. Refugees forced to sleep in the desert without shelter.