Migration Media Award: Third place, Print Category, French
Author: Chahreddine Berriah
Media: El Watan Week-end, Algeria
Date of Publication: 23 March 2018
Title: On the Forsaken Banks of Jorgi Ravine
Short summary: The Jorgi ravine is an informal ghetto between Algeria and Morocco. Nearly 4,000 irregular sub-Saharan used to live on its steep banks. In early January 2018, the Algerian authorities launched massive repatriation operations and moved the migrants to the south of the country, specifically to Tamanrasset (1,200 km away) from where they were to be taken back by their respective governments.
Suddenly, the ravine was almost empty of its occupants, as if the territory had been devastated by an inexorable fatality. However, quite magically, a group of eight young people, including women, survived the evictions. This story is an incursion into this world of desolation and fear and into the fate of survivors trapped by an Algerian policy bordering Afro-African racism. Africans damned on their own continent …
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Les vestiges des cahutes bâties à base de branchages, de tôle et de plastique témoignent d’une agression violente. Des chaussures usées, des bidons éventrés et des ustensiles jonchent les allées poussiéreuses et défoncées des lieux. Reportage. Jeudi 15 mars. Temps maussade. Un vent incisif souffle sur l’oued Jorgi.
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See more stories from Chahreddine Berriah:
Sub-Saharan Migrants between Algeria and Morocco: the Damned of Africa (Migration Media Award 2017)