Moroccan Migrants Dreams of New Life in Europe

Published March 30th, 2019 - 09:53 GMT

As Morocco prepares to host the signing of a landmark global migration agreement, hundreds of migrants are languishing in Oulad Ziane Camp rife with hunger, misery and unsanitary conditions.

These sub-Saharan Africans who dream of going to Europe are a symbol of the problems world dignitaries are trying to address with the U.N.’s first migration compact being finalized at a conference in Marrakech on Monday and Tuesday.

Rising numbers of migrants live in the makeshift camp on a soccer field near a busy Casablanca bus station. Scant food, lack of heat, no sanitation, lice and respiratory infections are the main worries at the camp.

Morocco is a major source of Europe’s migrants but is also a transit country and magnet for other Africans fleeing poverty.

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A sub-Saharan migrant lifts weights with a make-shift barbell between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
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A sub-Saharan migrant lifts weights with a make-shift barbell between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

A sub-Saharan migrant lifts weights with a make-shift barbell between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP

A sub-Saharan migrant lifts weights with a make-shift barbell between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP

A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP

A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Sub-Saharan migrants sit by a make-shift tent at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP

Sub-Saharan migrants sit by a make-shift tent at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

Sub-Saharan migrants sit by a sewing machine at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP

Sub-Saharan migrants sit by a sewing machine at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP

A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

A sub-Saharan migrant lifts weights with a make-shift barbell between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant lifts weights with a make-shift barbell between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
Sub-Saharan migrants sit by a make-shift tent at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
Sub-Saharan migrants sit by a sewing machine at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant lifts weights with a make-shift barbell between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant lifts weights with a make-shift barbell between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant lifts weights with a make-shift barbell between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant lifts weights with a make-shift barbell between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Sub-Saharan migrants sit by a make-shift tent at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
Sub-Saharan migrants sit by a make-shift tent at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
Sub-Saharan migrants sit by a sewing machine at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
Sub-Saharan migrants sit by a sewing machine at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. 
FADEL SENNA / AFP
A sub-Saharan migrant walks between make-shift tents in the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Casablanca on March 27, 2019. FADEL SENNA / AFP

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