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“If there was peace in our country [CAR], I would say to those who want to migrate from there, not lo leave. If there is no peace, it is different. All we seek is peace. We do not want to be threatened and live in insecurity. Every time it was the same thing, behind is dangerous, ahead is dangerous. Where can I find peace? All I’m looking for is peace and security.” – Unaccompanied minor, 15 years old, from the Central African Republic (CAR), interviewed in Rabat, Morocco

IN SEARCH OF SECURITY

“I left the CAR hoping that there will be peace later in my country. I left to flee the war. When I left I did not know where I was going, I just wanted to flee the war. I left very very young [13 years old], the more time passed, the more the situation worsened, the more I advanced [in my trajectory], as I had not a planned destination. And in every following country I found no security. It was the same thing every time. But I could not come back. Every time I told myself, it’s better to go forward. That is how I found myself in Nigeria. I tell myself that there would have been better, because Nigeria has never experienced wars. I even asked for advice, but I found that it was very dangerous in Nigeria. Afterwards I found myself in Niger. There it was even worse. So I was advised to go to Algiers. They told me that there is quiet, there is no violence, they know the rights of man. That’s how I decided to leave Niger and to venture towards Tamanrasset. What I have seen in the desert, I had never experienced before. Too many people who died in the desert. It’s when I arrived in Algeria that I discovered [I was] stuck. And I thought I might have taken a step back when I was in Nigeria, or at least in Niger. But going back through the desert was even worse and peace had not come back yet in my country, rather violence had developed further.”


*Photo taken by the MHub Data Focal Point in Morocco at an informal migrant centre in Marrakesh.

“One day in Tamanrasset I was coming home, I remember. After 6pm we had to go out, we had to hide, they know that all blacks come back from work, that they see a black, they know that he has money on him. That is why in large houses, which are organized by Malian, Senegalese, Congolese, Cameroonian, etc. communities, they are closed. As I did not find my own community, I was with the Malians. One evening, there were some Algerians who are like me [black] came to the zone of the Malians, they found me there, they followed me, took me and began to beat me, throwing stones on my head. I had wounds. I had my hand seriously injured, since then I can’t use it well. A woman came out and she started talking to them. She said she knew me and told them that I was not Malian. After this episode I started to collect information on how to go somewhere else, if anyone could help me. This is how I met a gentleman, an Algerian travel agent, he brought me to eat, he gave me money, he put me on his bus and I went to Oran. As soon as I got the station to leave, he entrusted me down to someone, because I was too young! He also left me his number. If something goes wrong, I could call this number and receive money from him.”

PERSEVERANCE

“I had never known a country called Niger, Nigeria, Algeria, or Morocco, or Libya before. That’s what I discovered. It is when I arrived in Algeria that I discovered that there is a country called Morocco. So I ventured, I came to Morocco. Here I was told that there is a country after Morocco, Spain, where I would have found tranquillity. So I thought that if I get there with all that I have lived, I will pass and they will accept me, they will help me. I thought I could just pass by and explain my case and people would have understood me. It is since I left my country that I see massacre and violence everywhere. It’s since I left my country that I see this violence, I don’t sleep more, I can’t sleep anymore. I take pills to sleep at night.”

SEEKING PEACE

“If there was peace in our country [CAR], I would say to those who want to migrate from there, not to leave. If there is no peace, it is different. All we seek is peace. We do not want to be threatened and live in insecurity. Every time it was the same thing, behind is dangerous, ahead is dangerous. Where can I find peace? All I’m looking for is peace and security.”

December 2016 – Documented by the MHub Data Focal Point in Morocco

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