Police arrests Sudanese migrants after fire outbreak


Police in Niger have arrested more than 300 Sudanese migrants after protests in the town of Agadez led to almost an entire transit camp being burnt down.

Since last month migrants had been demonstrating in front of the offices of the UN refugee agency UNHCR calling for their paperwork to be processed and asking to be transferred to countries in Europe.

Over the weekend the police moved in and violently dispersed the protest.

The local authorities said some migrants then torched around 300 prefabricated homes.

The Special Envoy of the UNHCR for the Central Mediterranean Vincent Cochetel tweeted a picture of the burnt out structures:

‘‘80 percent of the reception centre destroyed by a minority of refugees from Darfur in Agadez who only want to hear about resettlement to Europe. Destroying the asylum space in Niger or elsewhere is easier than building & protecting it. It is a sad day for refugee protection in Niger. ‘‘

The Sudanese asylum seekers started arriving in Niger two years ago after fleeing dangerous conditions in Libya. They accuse the UNHCR of neglecting them.


Dominica Nwabufo



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