News and reports tagged with Corona

Migrants and refugees deported to Niger despite Corona crisis and stranded in IOM camps. Protests sparked by unbearable conditions.

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.

Sunday, 26 April 2020
Statement by Malian migrants stranded at the IOM Transit Centre in Agadez

A group of migrants from Mali who were deported from Algeria to Niger and who are stranded at the IOM Transit Centre in Agadez addressed the people, the authorities and the President of Mali with the request to facilitate their return home:

Video declaration on Facebook Média A

Monday, 20 April 2020
Arlit: Protest and revolt by people who were deported against remaining stranded at the IOM camp

In Arlit, around 640 people, mostly migrants deported from Algeria, are currently stranded in the IOM transit camp. On 20th of April, people protested and revolted against the unbearable conditions in which they are currently living.

©Fatma Ben Hamad, "Obesrvateurs France 24"

Niger: Pushbacks and containment under the sign of the Covid crisis-19

The situation in the face of the Corona crisis also produces new challenges and plights for people on the flight- and migration routes in Niger, as borders are shut down and a signifficant number of people remain blocked at IOM and UNHCR camps and transit centres.

© Info Migrants

Testimony by Galius Moumouni Efouad, presently at the IOM transit centre in Arlit, Niger

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.

Coronation Niger: Reflecetions by Mokamit

Reflections by Mokamit on the implications of the Corona crisis for the society in Niger and how the crisis is used for political gains of those in power.