Cities are now places where we meet many refugees, and the city of Niamey, which currently hosts some 4,250 refugees from countries bordering Niger, is no exception, said Mamoudou Mouctar, the president of the special delegation coming from the capital city of Niger on Wednesday in Marrakech.
These refugees are mainly located on the outskirts of the city of Niamey. They are people who have often run away from abuses in their countries of origin, who should be welcomed with open arms and also enjoy all the dignity they deserve.
Speaking on the theme: “Exploring opportunities and mitigating the challenges of hosting refugees in urban and rural areas,” the panel was organized for the Africities 2018 Summit, held in Marrakech (Morocco).
Continuing his statements, he said that a hotline was available to refugees living in Niamey so that their concerns could be taken care of as soon as possible.
Likewise, he stressed, all the structures and organizations working for the well being of these refugees were presented as a single opportunity to facilitate the reception and orientation of these people.
Speaking at the meeting, Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary-General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCGL Africa), praised the work being done by the Niger authorities to facilitate the integration of these migrants within society in Niger.
He took the opportunity to denounce the silence of the African authorities following the expulsion of thousands of Congolese refugees from the Angolan territory. “We shed crocodile tears when it is Europe that does it, but we are astonishingly silent when it is our own countries that do it,” he grumbled, adding, “ there should be no tolerance with respect to human indignity.”
APA – Marrakech (Morocco) Special correspondent: Abdourahmane Diallo