...Unable to continue his journey towards Europe, but ashamed to return home after failing to and help his family, Guyguy is stuck in Morocco, where life is gloomy for the likes of him. Not only do the increasing numbers of black Africans living in the country have few chances of finding jobs, they come under constant police harassment, Guyguy and three other Africans complained in the capital, Rabat.
"Some of us have a refugee status granted by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), but police keep picking us up just for being black, and beat us in the police van if we resist," Guyguy said.
Detainees who are in the country illegally or do not carry their residence permits - including university students - are put on overnight buses and taken to Oujda near the Algerian border, the four explained. "In Oujda, once night falls, they take us by lorry to the neutral zone between the two countries and tell us to go home."
"Algerian frontier guards, however, always turn us back," said Mariano, another African migrant here. He accused the guards of taking migrants' cell phones and money.
Unable to enter Algeria, migrants have to make a difficult clandestine crossing back into Morocco. "We know of several people who died while crossing over," Guyguy said. "Some had been weakened by lack of food, while others had diseases."
Migrants also claim that local villagers attack them to rob them or to rape the women among them. "I have been deported to Oujda more times than I can count," said Guyguy's fellow countryman Mariano, who always made it back to Rabat.
During the 2005 incidents in Melilla, Morocco made headlines by taking some 1,000 migrants without food or water to the Sahara desert, where some of them died.