“I know they thought we are here to cross to Libya and from there reach Europe, but this not our intention..”– Male migrant from Côte d’Ivoire
“I heard that life was much better here, and that there is a lot of working opportunities. I decided to come. I left a 16 year old daughter and my wife at home in Côte d’Ivoire. My sister who wanted to leave the country as well came with me, and she also took her 5 years old daughter with her. She didn’t want to leave her with the family there.”
We were very happy when we reached Tunis, and very excited about what we were going to find here. We spent almost 3 weeks in Tunis, and then we decided to come to the south, to Ben Guerdane. We were still in the taxi, we didn’t even reach the house and we were arrested by the national guards and taken to the police station. I don’t understand why we were arrested, our visas are still valid. I know they thought we are here to cross to Libya and from there reach Europe, but this not our intention, we came here to visit the region.
Now we are stuck here, waiting for them to gives back our passport, and meanwhile, I found a job in a biscuit factory, I work some days a week so I can make some money. I really wonder why I came here. I should have stayed home with my family, it would have been much better.
November 2016 – Documented by the MHub Data Focal Point in Tunisia