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ALGIERS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received a contribution of dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia worth US$1.5 million to support refugees residing in camps in Algeria.
For several years, Saudi Arabia has donated dates – which enhance the nutritional value of WFP food assistance – for distribution in refugee camps in Algeria. The most recent contribution of more than 700 metric tons is three times larger than contributions made in previous years, and comes at a critical time when monthly food assistance has been reduced.
by Nellie Peyton | @nelliepeyton | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 13:35 GMT
"They took our passports. They hit us. We didn't eat. We didn't drink"
DAKAR, May 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dozens of Africans say they were sold for labour and trapped in slavery in Algeria in what aid agencies fear may be a widening trend of abusing migrants headed for a new life in Europe.
The Interior Ministers of Spain and Algeria signed an agreement this week to form a joint team of investigation with the goals of fighting “illegal migration” and “preventing Islamist terrorism.” The agreement comes after recent crackdowns by the Algerian authorities during the first months of 2018 have reduced the number of undocumented Algerian migrants arriving in Spain, a reduction that was praised by the Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido at their meeting in Madrid.
Porte-parole du Haut-Commissaire aux droits de l’homme des Nations Unies : Ravina Shamdasani Lieu : Genève Date : 22 mai 2018
Nous demandons au gouvernement algérien de cesser les expulsions collectives de migrants particulièrement en provenance de pays d’Afrique subsaharienne. Alors que les chiffres exacts sont difficiles à obtenir, le nombre de migrants expulsés est estimé à plusieurs milliers.
Depuis le début de l’année 2018, une campagne généralisée d’arrestations arbitraires, suivies d’expulsions collectives et massives, a frappé l’ensemble des migrant-e-s originaires de l’Afrique subsaharienne, se trouvant sur le territoire national. Les migrant-e-s de diverses nationalités africaines (des Guinéens, Burkinabès, Béninois, Maliens, Ivoiriens, Sénégalais, Nigérians, Libériens, Camerounais ou Sierra-Léonais) sont refoulé-e-s aux frontières, sans aucune décision de justice et au risque de leurs vies.
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 22 May 2018 Subject: (1) Algeria and (2) Libya
We call on the Government of Algeria to cease the collective expulsions of migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan African countries. While exact figures are difficult to obtain, the number of people expelled is believed to run into many thousands.
14/05/2018 12:04 Press release 253/18
L'Union européenne et l'Algérie sont liées par un partenariat de longue date, dense et divers, qui a pour vocation d'œuvrer à la prospérité, au bien-être et à la sécurité de leurs peuples. Les deux parties renouvèlent leur attachement à la mise en œuvre des Priorités communes de partenariat et des conclusions de l’évaluation conjointe de l'Accord d'Association, ainsi que leur engagement à approfondir leurs relations dans le but de réaliser un espace commun de stabilité, de démocratie et de prospérité partagée.
Algeria has been deporting hundreds of African migrants at a time, in an ongoing crackdown on illegal migration. Algeria, along with other North African countries, refused to sign the protocol on the freedom of movement of people and right of residence attached to the African Union’s African Continental Free Trade Area agreement.
By Saskia Houttuin and Eva Huson
ALGIERS, 25 October 2016
Gerwinio never feels completely safe when he walks around Algiers. The other day, the 27-year-old from Benin was taking an evening stroll when he heard monkey sounds coming from a group of laughing teenagers. Gerwinio averted his gaze and kept walking. He has become used to such racist taunts. “I was called ‘Ebola’ so often that I changed it into my Facebook name,” he says.
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