Our life turned into a nightmare : the plight of Algerians stranded in France - The Point

" a Lot of people had come to France for ten days they have been stranded there for four months ! "Several thousand Algerians are stuck in France since the cl

Our life turned into a nightmare : the plight of Algerians stranded in France - The Point

" a Lot of people had come to France for ten days they have been stranded there for four months ! "Several thousand Algerians are stuck in France since the closure of the borders of their countries at the heart of the health crisis. On this mid-July, Algeria will not accept any entry on its territory, not even its citizens, who ask to be repatriated.

Wednesday, July 15, they have once again protested in front of the embassy of Algeria in Paris. "It is not heard, there is no return," annoys Zoubir Brahimi, joint by The Point. His wife and him live in between France and Algeria, where they have an enterprise architecture. "It went down to once a month, then everything is at a standstill, since we can't go there. "

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"Some have lost their work,"

"My situation is not the worst, I screw in part is already here," shade Zoubir Brahimi. Many Algerians blocked had come to visit their families or receive care they could not receive at home. Some came to the street. "These are sometimes people who are executives in Algeria and that there are the popular backup... there are some who have even lost their jobs because they could not go. "Proposal of accommodation, and an invitation to share a meal... and Gathered together in a group on Facebook, the Algerians are helping each other to take care of those who find themselves in difficulty.

Tariq*, him, had come to Paris for medical reasons. "My wife had already done five miscarriages in Algeria they do not determine the cause, so we wanted to do the follow-up of pregnancy in France ", he says to the Point. Their baby was born the end of February, but when, after a few weeks of rest to make sure everything was going well, they wanted to go home, " the borders have been closed suddenly and without notice ".

He had already sold his car to pay for the care of his wife, and soon found himself dry : impossible to go to the hotel or continue to stay in sub-locations. "A friend was hosting me in his apartment, where he lives with his family," says Tariq. It is seven in a T2, but it was either that or we met in the street. "Their friend will also pay for diapers and milk for the baby. A situation that puts young parents in the lurch : "once at home, we will reimburse him / her everything. But all of a sudden, we are indebted up to the neck. "

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Soon to repatriations ?

he and His wife had hoped that the situation only lasts a few days, but the embassy had quickly showered their hopes. "On the 30th of may, they sent two planes [for repatriation] in the past, but we would be more than 4,000 stranded in France. Our life has turned into a nightmare ! "The Algerian crew members of the Covid-19 simply ask to be repatriated, and to be able to return home. "We are ready to do a quarantine and testing upon arrival ", pounds Zoubir Brahimi.

anger is rising against their government, but also against the national company Air Algeria, which has resumed its ticket sales from a month before to cancel flights shortly before their departure, the border is still closed. "They bank the money, then they cancel each other out, if that annoys Zoubir Brahimi. And of course, they do not reimburse ! ""We left our work, our home, our parents and our life in Algeria, why they don't do anything to bring us back ?" despair Tariq.

The situation could eventually get unstuck by the end of the month. According to the newspaper Freedom, " Prime minister Abdelaziz Djerad ordered [on July 16, editor's NOTE] a new operation for the repatriation of Algerians blocked abroad, as soon as next week ". This repatriation should be the priority " the families as well as people who have made travel for care, and our students abroad ". The end of the tunnel ? Careful, the castaways are waiting to see, without thinking too much about it.

*The name has been changed.

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Updated Date: 17 July 2020, 10:33

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