The Darfur migrants still seeking safety and economic security in UK – BBC News

by birtanpublished on July 13, 2020

It is 17 years since the dolefulconflict began in western Sudan one thatled to hundreds of thousands of deathsand charges of genocide against Sudan'sformer president the worst of theviolence was more than a decade ago butthe UK has granted asylum to some of

Those fleeing continuing instabilitytheir vocal Keane who reported fromDarfur in 2004 has been talking to twocousins who are from there and now findthemselves on different sides of thechannel it is a story of numberless

Journeys driven by the enduring legacyof genocide journeys that bring some torefuge in Britain while others languishin makeshift camps it is the story ofthe lost sons of Darfur the search atTwilight for migrants waiting to cross

The channel near Calaiswe are facing situations of despairtotal despair and they are verydetermined to cross because they theyare so close to their goalthese are frequent hiding places

Abandoned bunkers from the Second WorldWar these searches go on every night andit feels pretty much like the game ofcat-and-mouse that it's always been theFrench government is devotingconsiderable resources to the searches

But the migrants keep coming peoplefleeing war and economic hardship whoare still convinced across the channel abetter life awaits but if likesixteen-year-old montasser you'vesurvived genocide than almost any

Journey of escape can seem worth italong with others from Darfur he'sdetermined to get to Britain ala hasevolved over life is hardafter genocide he told me the situationis very hard

I just want security stability andeducationthis was montasser at home near theDarfur town of nialawhere he was born in 2004 and where hisfather was murdered in the genocide

I was in the town the year he was bornand met some of the victims of stateterror right in front of our eyes thepolice have been raiding houses herewe've seen them beating people and we'vebeen told by a police commander that

They want all of the people to move fromhere to a new camp the genocide lefthundreds of thousands dead more than amillion displaced a legacy ofinstability and economic crisis whichhas continued despite a new government

That set montasser on his journey toEurope following so many others hecrossed the expanse of the Sahara ajourney of over a thousand kilometresover two years during which he wasdetained in Libya before eventually

Reaching EuropeDoug was hewn we experienced beatingsjails humiliation he says I work to earnmoney to pay my way to Europe but theystole America dig door but he has hopethat he can hide aboard a truck or beg a

Place on a boat so close the lights ofEngland where he has a vital connectionI monitor my brother's a long time andnever knows even long time living inManchester I some nada is Mont Astor'sfirst cousin

He said refugee status for the last twoyears isem has worked 12-hour shifts inwarehouses and studies English by nightare you happy in Britainyeah I'm happy very happy this is veryvery very happy everything great but I

Happy y-yeah for there for this if weneed to work Daniel never know it isgreat he pees people live niceeverything the story of the cousins isthe story of so many of the sons ofDarfur whose lives were overturned by

Genocide from an tosser stuck for nowand Calais there's no going backFergal keen BBC news Kelly

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