The Ivorian group in Tunisia in mourning after the shipwreck of a wandering boat

On the threat of their lives, hundreds of migrants are nonetheless often attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Africa. Exterior Tunisia, coastguards have intercepted 40 boats over the previous week. And on Sunday, a tragedy claimed the lives of 21 folks from sub-Saharan Africa. Their boat sank whereas attempting to achieve Italy. Among the many victims are many Ivorians, together with a mom and her child.

as reported from Tunis Michel Picard

Within the coronary heart of Najmatar within the suburbs of Tunis, many Ivorians are shocked by this shipwreck. Behind a stroller, Marie-Ange is unhappy, however nonetheless she understands: “I’ve tears in my eyes, I have no idea what to say, however actually it’s as a result of the nation is tough to stay with. Racism, work, we stay badly. We’re informed that there are helpers in Europe that we may help our infants. Right here. Why do moms take their infants to Europe to make ends meet. “

A distorted image of Europe and Côte d’Ivoire’s incapacity to retain its nationals. This made Jean-Marc Bourrou offended: “It’s our leaders, they’re those who’re doing it. As a result of if we’re higher at residence, I don’t assume we are able to take that threat. They don’t seem to be vacationers, they’re financial migrants, they go there for the cash, that is all. They make us dangle issues, we inform ourselves that going to Europe is sufficient for that to alter, and that is what we imagine in. “

Since January, 9,000 folks have been captured at sea, 1 / 4 from sub-Saharan Africa. A worrying however not shocking phenomenon based on Franck Lé: “The issue is to not see folks depart and die. The issue is how to make sure that these folks can keep and work with out issues. The Negro, south of the Sahara, has no proper to work right here. But when I really feel that I’m not allowed to work, that I’ve come, and that my again is up towards the wall, what do I do then? Inform me there’s a possibility to go there, I need to, I’ll attempt, it is at my very own threat. “

Unemployment, which rose from 15% to over 20% earlier than this yr, is hitting the casual economic system exhausting on many sub-Saharan Africa folks.