Pandemic snares Senegalese truckers in desert on Morocco-Mauritania fringe

The Covid-19 pandemic has now spread to at any rate 230 nations, a lion’s share of whom have taken the choice to close their outskirts trying to slow the spread of the infection.

Morocco – which, on May 25, had 7,495 instances of Covid-19, shut its outskirt with Mauritania back on Walk 18, seven days after Mauritania settled on a similar choice. The choice, be that as it may, caught many drivers at the outskirt, including numerous Senegalese dealers who were shipping products from Morocco to Senegal through the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott.

“We don’t have any more cash. Our product went spoiled under the sun”

Mor Sall Drame says he has become a kind of casual representative for a gathering of around 16 Senegalese truck and van drivers caught on the outskirt. He says his gathering was more fortunate than most in light of the fact that they in the long run got help from the Moroccan specialists.

We are truly depleted. The Senegalese government isn’t doing anything for us. I live in Senegal at the same time, each month, I do an excursion up to Morocco. I sell dried fish and I leave with heaps of products, including customary cleanser, basic oils, and djellabas.

I showed up in Casablanca on Walk 3 and remained there for a couple of days, simply sufficient opportunity to sell my products and repurchase different merchandise to bring to Senegal. At the point when I left Casablanca on Walk 15, the outskirts weren’t yet shut.

To get to Guerguerat, which is the Western Sahara outskirt crossing that I was focusing on, you initially need to experience the town of Dakhla, where the police give you the authorization to appear at the fringe. We wound up losing three days in Dakhla, while we hung tight for the pass.

At the point when we, at last, got to the outskirt on Walk 19, they were at that point shut. A couple of Senegalese residents were really stuck in the Dead zone among Morocco and Mauritania. We held a dissent with the goal that the Senegalese specialists would mediate and accompany our siblings back to Senegal.

However, our gathering was stuck on the Moroccan side, so we didn’t recover the open door for the safe section to Senegal. Rather, we needed to return to Dakhla. We called the Senegalese International safe haven and the Department for help however didn’t have any achievement.

Different brokers and I remained in lodging from the outset yet, following seven days, we came up short on cash. We began resting in our vehicles. It was an extremely troublesome circumstance. That endured fourteen days. By then, neighborhood authorities in Dakhla got us lodgings and began giving us food.

It wasn’t up to that point that the Senegalese Government office sent a delegate to take our names. They began giving lodging to individuals who weren’t at that point being housed by the Moroccans. In any case, they didn’t give the individuals they were lodging any help with terms of food.

They are being upheld by the Senegalese government”

On May 19, the FRANCE 24 Spectators talked with Moïse Sarr, who works at the Service of Outside Undertakings as the Secretary of State responsible for Senegalese nationals abroad. He said he knew about the circumstance and denied allegations that his office had been inert.

At the point when we caught wind of the circumstance, we worked with the Representative general in Casablanca to recognize those needing help and to give assistance. Since Walk 22, Moroccan specialists have assumed liability for one gathering, while the Senegalese Department General in Casablanca has dealt with others.

The Senegalese government is dealing with their lodging and food. They are each accepting an every day stipend of 1800 CFA francs Cfa (identical to under 3 euros).

We’ve additionally given them the choice of being repatriated via plane, which is the thing that we did on Walk 21 for Senegalese residents in Casablanca. Since May 12, we’ve likewise been bringing Senegalese residents home from France.

But our group was stuck on the Moroccan side, so we didn’t get the opportunity for safe passage back to Senegal. Instead, we had to go back to Dakhla. We called the Senegalese Embassy and the Consulate for help but didn’t have any success.

In any case, they declined the offer since they said they had their vehicles and their products with them, so they needed to travel home by street. That is impractical for now because to get to Senegal, you need to cross Mauritania, which is a sovereign nation that chose to close its outskirts.

In any case, we are dealing with their necessities until we figure out how to agree with the Mauritanian specialists.

A 19 million euro secret stash to support the diaspora

Mor Sall Drame affirmed that his gathering had declined the proposal to be repatriated. On May 19, he told our group that, in recent months, he has just gotten 300 dirhams 27 euros from the Senegalese specialists. In any case, on May 23, Drame said that the Department had moved him 784 dirhams (73 euros): “The Office vowed to send us 80 euros. We simply got this cash. Be that as it may, it wasn’t the entirety guaranteed.”

The FRANCE 24 Eyewitnesses group addressed Massamba Sarr, the Senegalese Delegate General in Casablanca. He said that “Senegalese residents in Morocco who have joined web-based, including those caught at the outskirt, will each get 50,000 CFA francs 75 euros. Senegalese residents who were originating from Europe and who were caught in Morocco in light of the fact that their flights were dropped will each get 350 euros in assistant. We are right now leading conciliatory dealings with the Mauritanian specialists. When our neighbors open up their fringes, they will have the option to return to Senegal.”

Senegal has discharged crisis assets of 12.5 billion CFA francs in excess of 19 million euros to help those in the diaspora affected by the pandemic, including 500 million CFA francs (760,000 euros) for Senegalese nationals living in Morocco who joined on a committed online stage. Around 13,000 individuals will get this guide.

Morocco is one of the fundamental providers of products for Senegal. As indicated by French day by day Le Monde, the two nations exchanged in excess of 86 million euros worth of merchandise in 2017.

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