Alarme Phone Sahara (APS) is a cooperation project between associations, groups and individuals in the Sahel-Saharan region and Europe with the aim to defend the lives and the freedom of movement of migrants and refugees against repressive and often deadly migration policies. The members of the Alarme Phone Sahara network are based in Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Morocco, Germany and Austria. Alarme Phone Sahara's office is located in Agadez, Niger, which is a crossroads of migration in the Sahelo-Saharan zone. There is also a network of whistleblowers in the region that works in collaboration with the Agadez office.

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Testimony of migrants refouled from Algeria to Assamakka/Niger on 1st of May 2019

According to this testimony from survivors, a number of 600 people of multiple nationalities, including women and children, were left behind at the border between Algeria and Niger.

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Advice for migrants when crossing the desert (french)

Download the flyer as PDF

 

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Raising awareness - for what purpose?

The IOM (International Organisation of Migration) is presently organising an "awareness raising caravan" through different cities of Niger (from Niamey to Tahoua, Agadez, Arlit and others) to "raise awareness of the risks of irregular migration and its alternatives".

But what are actually the aims the IOM pursues?

https://www.iom.int/news/awareness-raising-caravan-sets-month-long-trip-across-niger

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"In Niger, the UE counts on local police to track down migrants"

A report in French on mediapart.fr on the installation of biometric tools as part of "Midas" - the system of information and analysis on data concerning migration - at border checkpoints of Niger republic.

Refoulés d’Algérie, des migrants sont identifiés par l’OIM à Agadez au Niger, en 2018. © Francesco Bellina

© Francesco Bellina

"Midas" is financed by the EU in collaboration with Japan and set up by the IOM - creator and owner of the Midas system - together with Eucap Sahel, the "civil security" mission of the EU in the Sahel countries.

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Friday, 10 May 2019
Arrival of 370 persons refouled from Algeria at Assamakka, border of Niger

The refoulements from Algeria to Niger continue on a large scale.

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Friday, 10 May 2019
Assamakka, border Algeria-Niger: At least 1316 people refouled since 1st of May 2019 - alarming situation of mentally ill people

According to the whistle blower of Alarme Phone Sahara, at least 1316 people have been refouled from Algeria to Niger in the zone of the Assamakka border checkpoint since 1st of May 2019, often under conditions of life-threatening human rights violations.  

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Friday, 03 May 2019
03rd of May 2019: Helping in rescue of migrants from Niger Republic at Kaouar valley in the Tenéré desert

image sauvetage Latai 2

Images of rescue of 28 migrants between Achinouma and Latai in the Tenéré desert.

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Thursday, 02 May 2019
Night from 1st to 2nd of May 2019: Wave of pushbacks from Algeria to Niger

Migrants and refugees lost between Point Zero and Assamakka after pushback from Algeria. Alarme Phone Sahara condemns practices putting peoples' lives at stake.

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