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Tunisia: “moral abuses” at the origin of the closure of an accommodation center for African migrants


AA / Zarzis (Tunisia)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tunisia announced on Saturday the closure of an accommodation center for African migrants, following protests against “moral abuse” committed by a migrant.

In a statement to Anadolu Agency, UNHCR field coordinator Naoufel Tounsi said: “It was agreed with local authorities to close the accommodation center for African migrants in the town of Zarzis (south-east ) “.

And Tounsi added: “The center housed 100 African migrants, and there are only 40 left, and assistance will be provided to them to rent houses during the coming period.”

The UNHCR field coordinator explained that “the closure of the center will be done in stages, before it is final at the end of this month”.

A number of residents of Zarzis blocked a national road on Tuesday to denounce what they called “moral abuse” committed by an African migrant residing at the accommodation center.

According to the demonstrators, a migrant would have made “an obscene gesture against a woman and her daughter after having entered their house”.

The coastal town of Zarzis welcomes African migrants hosted in many safe shelters, while Tunisia is marked by an upsurge in the phenomenon of illegal migration.

* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour.

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