We are a collective made up of African and European activists fighting for the freedom of movement for everybody, regardless of papers and passports, in the struggle against the daily repression and violence faced by people trying to migrate.
We are part of the wider transnational struggle against borders and the destructive conditions of capitalism, whether they are physical or mental, which determine who is able to move and act freely. Daily actions take place in solidarity with wider struggles against the deadly European border regime, from Calais to Idomeni, and with people who are living in detention without walls like in Morocco.
The (neo)colonial policies and the exploitation throughout Africa by Western countries and Africa's own governments push many Africans to cross the deserts and the sea in order to reach Europe. North Africa is one of the focal points of international migration: the EU migration policies of closed borders force the different North & West African countries to play Europe's watchdog, while the EU averts its eyes from human rights violations committed by state authorities against Arab and sub-Saharan migrants.
Officially, countries in North Africa pretend to be protecting human rights. These lip services do not prevent the human rights violations committed systematically by authorities and their agents: raids, arbitrary arrest, confiscations lacking any legal justification, deportations and push-backs at the border and even to the desert, as well as repression against migrants accompanied by discriminatory acts and regular racist aggressions (which can often be fatal).
Funds donated will be used for documenting and raising awareness of the often fatal and increasing repression & violence faced in Morocco & at the borders, such as the happenings of February 6th 2014, when the Spanish Guardia Civil killed at least 15 people swimming to Ceuta.
They will be used for buying practical necessities for people living inside & outside Tangier in the "forests" around the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Mellila, who face daily violent raids from the Moroccan police, who destroy (often setting on fire) self-made shelters which often house women & children. When this happens, funds are needed for sleeping bags & tents, mattresses, clothing, and medicine for those who are injured during the violent raids. In doing so, we aim to support the self-organised structures of migrants in Morocco, who are already acting autonomously with their own infrastructures and resistance - such as through funding first aid kits, medicines, etc for migrant doctors who are living in the forests.
Funds are needed for purchasing sim cards & phones for people arriving to Tangier, often from sub-Sahara, who may at a later stage decide to cross to Europe; without a sim card or phone, the journey across the sea can be deadly - as they are needed to track the location of the boat in the ocean and to contact coastguards and activist pressure groups such as the Alarm Phone
, when boats run into trouble.
There are other projects that we would like to set up to support the struggles of migrants within Morocco against the EU border regime, but which we have not been able to do yet due to a lack of funding. If enough money is raised then we would be able to begin with these projects: 1) Renting a space in Tangier to be used specifically by women without papers and their children, with the aim of providing a space which these women can use to organise and support one another. 2) Providing first aid kits and training to as many migrants as possible, especially those injured during attempts to cross the border.