Young asylum seeker dies trying to reach Spanish Peninsula

By Cristina Rojo

SPAIN. A young migrant from Ivory Coast died on monday after falling from the lorry where he was hiding in order to reach the spanish Peninsula. 20-year-old Abdoulaye Kone was one of the docens of asylum seekers that currently live in the northafrican city of Ceuta (Spain), waiting for the authorities to allow them entering the spanish mainland territory.

Kone, who passed away knocked down at the andalucian AP-7 motorway, near Mágala, pleged for asylum in October 2009 and lived since at the CETI (open centre for temporary residence of migrants) in Ceuta, after fleeing from Ivory Cost where his mother was killed and he was kinapped in order to make a child soldier out of him.

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Other asylum seekers and yellow card holders in Ceuta have started a silent protest opposite the Police department in the city and have continued since asking the spanish authorities to allow them entering the peninsula.

The Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado, CEAR (Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid) is demanding an urgent reaction from the authorities in order to “stop violating” the right of the asylum seekers to move freely within Spanish territory. The NGO was in fact dealing with a lawsuit placed by Abdoulaye Kone against the Local Government Office in these terms.

As a result of this demise Spanish Ombudsman has shown his concern and has ordered a full investigation of the issue.

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One response to “Young asylum seeker dies trying to reach Spanish Peninsula

  1. Santi

    A sad but a true story. Asylum laws need a little bit of humanity.

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