Cameroon: migrants deported and abandoned in the border city of Kye-Ossi
- 5 August 2016
In the South of Cameroon, in the border with Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, the city of Kye-Ossi has become a host and transit city for migrants deported from Gabon and Equatorial Guinea or stuck in the border but determined to return to one of those two countries.
Gabon, and even more today, Equatorial Guinea attract migrants from West and Central Africa because of their oil and forest richness, and their economic dynamism. However, these two countries have a very strict migration policy, including towards nationals from the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CAEMC) to whom they refuse the application of the principle of free movement of people, a principle that came
into force on 1st of January 2014.
Gabon and Equatorial Guinea carry out abusive arrests and massive repression, along with acts of torture and extortion. The Cameroonian authorities adopt a wait-and-see attitude and corruption networks build up in road checkpoints. Most of the migrants, expelled and without any money, find themselves forced to stay in the small city of Kye-Ossi. They live in makeshift houses, with no access to basic hygiene or health care. Poorly looked by the population, they are rejected and forced to live in precarious circumstances.
With the financial support of AEDH, the NGO Un Monde Avenir continues its commitment in favour of the rights of migrants. The organisation that focused its work on humanitarian aid and specific advocacy action towards the Cameroonian authorities, will now adopt a more ambitious strategy: Un Monde Avenir will now reinforce its advocacy actions through work with the border public authorities and with the concerned associations, including Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The expected result of these dialogues is an agreement between the frontier authorities to favour free movement of migrants and the implementation of a Committee to follow up on this commitment. Furthermore, the project expand to address the growing problem of the local population’s xenophobia, through the education of local leaders and the awareness of the population, and therefore to initiate a change of behaviour towards migrants.
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