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Why were we there?

  • Social violence
  • Healthcare exclusion

Our work

  • There was an increase in violence against sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco in 2012, with Moroccan security forces making daily raids in the cities of Oujda and Nador.
  • As it has become increasingly difficult to reach Europe, Morocco has become the final destination for many sub-Saharan Africans. Without permission to work or access to basic social services, they are forced to live in unstable and insecure conditions.


Sub-Saharan migrants

  • Access to basic healthcare is granted by law, however, and more migrants are getting medical care in Oujda, although the situation in Nador is less positive.
  • Increased violence by Moroccan and Spanish security forces also led Médecins Sans Frontières to resume direct medical consultations.
  • In Nador Médecins Sans Frontières ran monthly mobile clinics throughout 2012, after a year of being denied access to the city. The team also distributed relief items, including hygiene kits, blankets, plastic sheeting and clothing, to migrants living in forests on the outskirts of Nador and Oujda. Activities in Nador were handed over to the Migration Division of the Archbishopric of Tangier at the end of the year.


Assisting victims of sexual violence

  • Médecins Sans Frontières worked with a local association, Fondation Orient Occident, assisting victims.
  • In the capital city of Rabat, Médecins Sans Frontières completed the handover of its programme to treat victims of sexual violence to the Association de Lutte contre le SIDA.


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Médecins Sans Frontières has been working in the country since 1997 till 2013.