Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Protest by Sudanese Refugees in Agadez / Niger!

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According to a report on RFI (Radio France Internationale), Sudanese refugees, who are blocked in the desert of Agadez in a camp run by UNHCR, are protesting against their situation. According to RFI, they are demanding an acceleration of the treatment of their asylum appllications.

It is a worrying situation to see that RFI is spreading a perspective focussed on statements of the authorities of Niger who are trying to blame refugee's protest as "violent" and "intolerable".

It would be somehow important to consider the reality in which these refugees are stuck and which makes them protest:

Many of the Sudanese refugees have been blocked in Niger for one year and 3 months, without any advancement of their asylum trials.

Almost all Sudanese in Agadez are people from Darfur region who survived the war and afterwards had gone to Libya to search for safety and work, but the horrible situation in Libya made them flee to Niger republic.

This situation is happening in a context where European states are searching for "externalising" the treatment of the cases of refugees fleeing wars and persecution like in countries of East Africa to countries far from European borders. The state of Niger is presently serving as a model for externalising the asylum system towards outside Europe, receiving considerable funds from the EU member states.

The more it is important not to close the eyes towards the destiny of refugees who are presently blocked in Niger under these policies of externalisation of border regime and asylum system.

And it is legitimate that refugees demand a solution and a future, instead of being stuck in the desert!