Niamey, 24 January, 2023 / 7:56 pm (ACI Africa).
Migrants transiting through Niger after failing to make it from home undergo numerous challenges, including feelings of defeat and shame, a Catholic Priest in the West African country who interacts with the returnees on a daily basis has said.
According to Fr. Mauro Armanino, a member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) based in Niamey, many people intending to arrive in Europe through Niger never make it to their destinations and are usually forced to go back home in shame.
Fr. Armanino collected accounts of migrants who failed in their attempts to migrate to find a better life and are now in Niger waiting to return home.
In a Monday, January 23 report to Agenzia Fides, the Priest gives the testimony of Cécé, a Guinean who returned from Algeria when he found it difficult to proceed with his journey.
Cécé had been stuck in Algeria for a while, unable to leave the construction site where he found a precarious job.