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US News Spain: in the midst of a pandemic, seasonal migrants abandoned to their fate

11:20  01 august  2020
11:20  01 august  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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un travailleur saisonnier devant un baraquement dans un bidonville de Lepe, près de Huelva, dans le sud de l'Espagne, le 29 juillet 2020 © CRISTINA QUICLER a seasonal worker in front of a hut in a slum in Lepe, near Huelva, in southern Spain, July 29, 2020

This Lamine Diakité has been sleeping outside for two weeks since his slum burned down in southern Spain. Like him, hundreds of seasonal agricultural migrants, most of them undocumented, are left to their fate in the midst of the pandemic rebound.

Un travailleur saisonnier porte des bidons pour chercher de l'eau à une fontaine près du cimetière de Lepe, le 29 juillet 2020 dans le sud de l'Espagne © CRISTINA QUICLER A seasonal worker carries cans to fetch water from a fountain near the Lepe cemetery, July 29, 2020 in southern Spain

"Our huts have been burnt down, there are more than 200 of us to have found ourselves in the street and we received no emergency aid ", which" in the midst of a pandemic presents a risk for us and for the population ", summarizes this 32-year-old Malian.

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To protest and demand a roof, Lamine and other seasonal workers from sub-Saharan Africa sleep on the town hall square in Lepe, a small Andalusian town known for its strawberries.

The hands of these mostly illegal migrants, who arrived from Africa on boats of fortune, are precious in Spain, a country which supplies the whole of Europe with fruit and vegetables.

But in Lepe, they live in slums without electricity or running water, which they make with plastic, pallets or mattresses or which they sell among themselves for 250 euros.

- No tests -

Despite these unsanitary living conditions, where social distancing is impossible to respect, no coronavirus test was done to them, according to testimonies from migrants confirmed by the town hall of Lepe.

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Despite the persistence of disease and pandemics throughout history, there’s one consistent trend over time – a gradual reduction in the death rate. In the case of Justinian’s plague, the Byzantine historian Procopius of Caesarea traced the origins of the plague (the Yersinia pestis bacteria) to China

Les débris d'un bidonville qui a brûlé à Lepe, le 29 juillet 2020 dans le sud de l'Espagne © CRISTINA QUICLER The debris of a shanty town that burned down in Lepe, July 29, 2020 in southern Spain

And yet, some of them left to work in other regions such as Lérida in Catalonia where seasonal workers were at the center of a source of contagion which led to the re-containment until Wednesday of this area.

A situation which worries the authorities. "It is very possible that we still have outbreaks linked to seasonal workers," the chief epidemiologist of the health ministry, Fernando Simon, said on Monday.

So far, only the region of La Rioja (north) has decided to test all seasonal workers with or without a work contract.

- Burning slums -

In mid-July, when the red fruit season had just ended, three slums, including that of Lamine, burned down in Lepe for reasons still unknown.

At the door of one of them, now padlocked, you can still see clothes or towels on the floor and boxes of flu medicine. "It was a horrible night," remembers Ismaila Fall, a thirty-something Senegalese who believes the fire was arson.

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Most manteros are migrants from Africa who have often risked their lives fleeing violence or poverty. Vendors have clashed with the authorities elsewhere in Spain , including in Madrid in March, when protests turned violent after a Senegalese vendor died of a heart attack after a police check.

Migrant workers head towards a highway leading out of New Delhi, hoping to return to their home villages © Rajat Gupta/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves.

Le Sénégalais Ismaila Fall, lors d'une interview avec l'AFP à Lepe, près de Huelva, dans le sud de l'Espgne, le 29 juillet 2020 © CRISTINA QUICLER The Senegalese Ismaila Fall, during an interview with AFP in Lepe, near Huelva, in the south of Spain, July 29, 2020

But the State and local communities are blaming each other when it's about trying to find a solution.

"It is a problem which falls under the State, not of the town hall, we cannot regularize it", launches Manuel Mora, mayor of Lucena del Puerto, locality close to Lepe where another slum caught fire.

"They have to be tested before they come to the farms, but PCRs have a significant cost for farmers. The government must act" to help them, insists Juan José Álvarez Alcalde, director general of the association representing Asaja farmers.

In the region of Lepe, seasonal workers have been living in slums at harvest time since the 1980s. Recently, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty Olivier De Schutter called on the authorities to "put an end to this situation degrading ".

The town hall has proposed an industrial zone for the army to set up a temporary camp but the soldiers refused this week because the stifling heat would not have allowed the migrants to live there, according to a government source.

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Other speakers at the protest asserted that the pandemic ‘’never existed’’ and alleged that politicians had played it up to enhance their own powers. He also expressed opposition to the government's decision to temporarily allow illegal migrants to work on the land or as domestic helpers.

"We need to have a housing network in all the agricultural municipalities" in the area, but this must go through an agreement between all the players, insists Jesús Toronjo, number two of the town hall of Lepe.

Des vêtements récupérés d'un bidonville qui a brûlé à Lepe, le 29 juillet 2020 dans le sud de l'Espagne © CRISTINA QUICLER Clothes recovered from a slum that burned down in Lepe on July 29, 2020 in the south of Spain

However, on the ground, the reality is more power struggles between municipalities, or even between the song.

"Everyone is passing the buck", judge Antonio Abad, president of the NGO helping migrants Asisti.

"The problem is the lack of political will" because "migrants do not vote", he regrets.

Des travailleurs saisonniers campent devant la mairie de Lepe pour protester contre leurs conditions de vie, le 29 juillet 2020 dans le sud de l'Espagne © CRISTINA QUICLER Seasonal workers camp in front of Lepe town hall to protest against their living conditions, July 29, 2020 in southern Spain

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