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Sunday, 14th August 2022
4:10:51am

Dozens of refugees and migrants in Tunisia are demanding evacuation to other countries.

The refugees, mostly survivors of illegal immigration attempts by sea to Europe, have been staging a sit-in in front of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Tunisian capital, Tunis since Saturday.

"We need to be evacuated," reads a banner they have hung at the entrance to the building. 

Equipped with blankets, the refugees, many of whom are women and children, spend the night on cardboard boxes spread out on the ground amid suitcases containing their personal belongings.

They denounced the United Nations' inaction.

"The real problem is, the UN commission has abandoned its main role, which is our protection. Instead of doing that, it has left us on the street. We were living in Zarzis, and the UN commission demanded our evacuation from there, cut off all funds and stopped protecting us." Saleh Saeed, Sudanese from Darfur who refused refugee status told the AFP.

-AFP

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