05 June 2020
"Having been expelled from Algeria, Alfa Jafo has spent the last few months working in the kitchen at a restaurant in the historic city of Agadez in Niger, a launchpad for irregular migration in the Sahel."
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Europe’s COVID crisis does little to disparage Mediterranean migrants (euractiv, link):
"Asked if the COVID-19 pandemic has killed his dream of escaping poverty and war and going to Europe, Jafo looks genuinely puzzled.
“I am not afraid,” he says. “If we are lucky, and if it pleases God, the coronavirus will not stop us. It is God who will save our souls.”
Although Europe became one of the world’s worst-hit continents during the pandemic, Jafo is still waiting for a chance to attempt the nightmarish trip north through the desert, a perilous journey that precedes the European dreams of so many African migrants."
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