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World Coronavirus: 32,000 Moroccans stranded abroad, between anger and disappointment

12:50  23 may  2020
12:50  23 may  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Des Marocains attendent leur rapatriement après avoir été bloqués en Espagne, le 22 mai 2020 dans l'enclave espagnole de Ceuta © Antonio SEMPERE Moroccans await their repatriation after being stranded in Spain, May 22, 2020 in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta

Distant from relatives, bitter , more than 30,000 Moroccans have been stranded around the world since the country closed its borders in mid-March in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Rabat ensures to prepare their repatriation, without however advancing a date.

Manal was to return home after a tourist trip to Indonesia. After a stopover in Istanbul, his flight to Casablanca was "canceled by the airline" due to the suspension without notice of all routes, told AFP this 33-year-old engineer.

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"I feel anger and a feeling of abandonment because I am entering my third month without knowing when I could return," she says. In the meantime, she "rents a room in shared accommodation, without any support from the Moroccan consulate in Istanbul".

Ilias (pseudonym) had taken a ferry to the south of Spain with his partner, for a weekend not far from the Moroccan coast. He too got stuck.

"We are very disappointed with political amateurism and contradictory statements," says the 34-year-old executive, who concedes "to have the chance to be part of the Moroccans supported by the consulates".

Des Marocains attendent leur rapatriement après avoir été bloqués en Espagne, le 22 mai 2020 dans l'enclave espagnole de Ceuta © Antonio SEMPERE Moroccans await their repatriation after being stranded in Spain, May 22, 2020 in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta

Like them, 31,800 Moroccans, on business trips, tourist stays or family visits, live this forced exile, with large contingents in Spain, France and Turkey.

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These Americans were stranded abroad when the coronavirus pandemic suddenly shut borders. In an interview, Warner said his office has received more than 20 pleas for help in recent days from constituents stranded in Peru, Honduras, Morocco , China, Guatemala and other countries.

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- "Uncertainty" -

Faced with the pandemic, the kingdom has closed its borders, suspended all flights and declared a health emergency, with strict confinement reinforced by a night curfew.

Thousands of tourists stranded in Morocco have been able to return to their country with empty special flights to the outset, much to the dismay of Moroccans who would have liked to board to return home.

To be heard, stranded people have multiplied the calls for help, with sit-ins and social media campaigns. Some have sent an open letter to King Mohammed VI: "Today we are running out of financial resources and our mental health is deteriorating," say the signatories.

Une Marocaine prend un bus pour être rapatriée après avoir été bloquée en Espagne, le 22 mai 2020 dans l'enclave espagnole de Ceuta © Antonio SEMPERE A Moroccan woman takes a bus to be repatriated after being stranded in Spain, May 22, 2020 in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta

The consulates have since set up "support cells" and supported the accommodation costs of 6,500 Moroccans, according to the government. The rest are left to fend for themselves.

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The office of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) in Paris recently alerted to the "situation of great vulnerability" of "the elderly, suffering from serious illnesses or parents accompanied by young children".

"I understand the fact that the whole world is experiencing an unprecedented crisis which requires unprecedented measures but the lack of communication from the State about us is unacceptable. We have no visibility and we are plagued by uncertainty", confides the journalist Aida Alami, contributor to the New York Times, who left for France in mid-March for a few days.

"I think we will be blocked until the opening of international air space," she believes.

- "Ready scenarios" -

So far, only 500 Moroccans stranded in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla have been allowed to cross the border on foot after more than two months of waiting. The first left Melilla, after a Moroccan stranded in the enclave was found dead in the street due to a stroke.

Those who return are placed in quarantine for 14 days and tested, according to Moroccan media.

Faced with the limited reception capacity of public health, Rabat's priority has been to limit the risk of contagion linked to the return of possible carriers of the virus, according to a Moroccan diplomatic source.

"The return must be done in the best conditions, without risk for the country and for these people", declared the head of diplomacy Nasser Bourita in April, referring to a "repatriation plan in preparation".

This week, Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani assured that the "repatriation" scenarios were "ready", hoping that "the good news would be announced soon".

"Morocco has abandoned us (...) All the countries have repatriated their nationals and the only answer we are given is that scenarios are being studied," accuses Yassine. This 30-year-old executive has "been carrying around with his three-day suitcase" in Paris for more than nine weeks.

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