lundi 16 janvier 2012

Somalia / Romania: Lost as a Somali in Romania.

Since joining the European Union, Romania attracted a wave of African migrants, Indian, Afghan or Iraqi. But sometimes, the country is a destination by accident.
         This is what happened to one of them, a victim of unscrupulous smugglers and thought to be in Germany ...
"At first, farmers were looking at me a little wrong, admits Kasim. But I understand, they have never seen black people."
         A 29-year-old Somali man who dreamed of  Germany is found in Somcuta Mare, a remote village in Romania. A few weeks ago, unscrupulous smugglers made ​​him believe he was in good hands, says Mirel Bran in the French daily Le Monde.
The village mayor, Vasile Alb, amused that new immigrants all speak German: "When we see an African or an Asian land with us, we know he will say" Guten Tag ( hello). "
Officially, they are 65,000 immigrants in Romania, a number constantly increasing. Among the new wave of immigrants, there are mostly Africans, Indians, Afghans and Iraqis.
The Romanian State provides them with accommodation, meals, some clothing, but spending money is limited to 80 cents per day, the price of a bottle of fruit juice. To make ends meet, they do odd jobs for the local peasants.
The economic crisis, unemployment, difficult to get a place in the West do not scare them. "Go a few days in Somalia and you will see that it's all the trifle, said Kasim. In Europe, there is at least likely to survive and that is enough."
Article published in Presseurop on  January 17, 2012.

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