Life after “Aquarius”: a family from Morocco

Жизнь после "Аквариуса": семья из Марокко

With smiles on their faces and the Spanish “Ola!” we met a young family Dhrubo from Morocco.

Three months ago the ship “Aquarius” brought Ali, Mariam and their little daughter in Valencia. On a request to grant them asylum France refused. Now gradually they get used to the idea that Spain is their new home.

“We tried. We had two interviews with French officials. But, in the end, they turned us down. We really wanted to go to France – because of the similarity of the cultures of our countries, and especially language. So when we learned about the refusal, very upset”, – says the head of the family.

Being Board the “Aquarius”, Ali and his wife told us that fled Libya to escape the violence. Why they did not want to return home, to Morocco, it becomes clear only now.

From the transcript of the interview, which took place Miriam, we learn that her family lived in poverty. The girl against her will to marry a drug dealer. In fact, she was in slavery. With each new line opened terrible details of the life of Mariam, the memories of the abuse of their cruelty. When she finally managed to get a divorce she ran away. Along with Ali then went to Libya. But once there, the pair saw no other choice but to sit in a boat and try to cross the Mediterranean sea.

“We did this for our child. Because he’d have no future in Libya. If I get a job here in Spain, I’m sure I’ll be able to provide for his family and ensure a decent life for my daughter”, – says Ali.

“I also want to find a job to give her daughter the opportunity to receive an education to become a doctor, lawyer and maybe a reporter,”adds his wife.

A reproach to those countries that refused to give berth to “Aquarius”, to help hundreds of passengers reached Spain. In only one area of Valencia found shelter for over 150 people. Among them – the heroes of our story.

Three months later, no matter what the cost of housing, food or the preparation of documents for obtaining the status of refugees, local authorities claim that about the migration crisis of speech was not there.

“In Spain there is no problem of migration. There are periods when the number of arrivals reaches a peak. But this occurs throughout the history of the country”, explains Juan Carlos Fulgencio, Deputy from Valencia in Spain.

Since then, as Italy and Malta has taken a tough stance against migrants, the flow of people seeking to enter the Spanish Bank, has increased significantly. Madrid is convinced that to solve the problem of resolving this situation is possible only by joint efforts at the European level.

“To think that migration is a temporary or local in nature – a big mistake. If the EU wants European society was developing, he will have to work on migration policies. The influx of migrants will arise again and again for a number of reasons unique to each country. People’s desire to escape from wherever there is war, famine and poverty will not disappear”, – concludes Juan Carlos Fulgencio.

Mariam and Ali are grateful to Europe for giving them a chance to start a new life, I hope to run they don’t have, and their daughter does not repeat the fate of their parents.

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