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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #281 - Refugee (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:01:02 +0300

"Europe can not accommodate all the misery of the world, we hear. In the name of this principle, Europeans let men, women and children die in front of their doors. The Mediterranean has become the mass grave of thousands of migrants.[...]I am one of those people. On the way to Europe, like so many other migrants, I was robbed by bandits in the desert, I had to work in the dark in Tamanrasset, hide for months in Algiers, and then smuggled illegally. border in Morocco, where I remained stuck for four long years. With my comrades, we fought for our rights. I wrote this book to tell our story. " ---- An autobiographical account of " an African odyssey ", Refugee unfolds a story among many, a man, Emmanuel Mbolela. Leader of the Congolese student opposition, to save his skin from the claws of the police of Kabila and his dictatorship which resumed in good part the good old methods of the bloodthirsty marshal Mobutu, he decided to take off.

He leaves his country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, dreaming of the distant horizon of the European Eldorado. The long journey led him to cross the borders: Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Algeria and Morocco, Emmanuel details his life made of uncertainties and violence. Violence of smugglers who pay on the backs of the unfortunate and unfortunate. Violence of police officers who persecute and beat refugees. Violence, too, customs officers who at each crossing of the border, use on the job. The women (many of them single mothers) who accompany Emmanuel's group are systematically raped for the right to cross the border, they and their companions in misfortune.

The book also mentions the deep racism of those who are perceived in the streets of Algiers, Oujda or Rabat as " slaves " who are good for stoning.

Emmanuel ends up laying a foot on European soil. It will be the Netherlands. And if, unlike many of his brothers and sisters, he did not sink into a patera in the middle of the seas, his quest for a better life continues. In the land of tulips, he discovers the cold, the misery, the jobs with the chain under paid, the solitude, the indifference.

Refugee is, despite the terrible reality it evokes, a work full of humanity in this solidarity that emerges between these damned ones of the exile. In Morocco, Emmanuel, supported by the relentless support of Congolese women refugees like him in Rabat, founds the Association of Congolese Refugees in Morocco (Arcom) which imposes on the Mohamed VI regime a minimum of recognition of rights to the papers.

To read, edited by the very rich and militant Editions Libertalia, Refugee gives voice to the voiceless of this world. And this is his main quality.

Jérémie (AL Gard)

Emmanuel Mbolela, Refugee , Editions Libertalia, 2017, 258 pages, 10 euro

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