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Western Sahara - the Moroccans ejected migrants through the minefields into the desert

'The Moroccans called them black locusts, the thousands of illegal immigrants that gathered on the North African coast in the hope of reaching Europe by scaling the fences surrounding the tiny Spanish enclave of Melilla.' A Loyal Spy
In Oct 2005, while I was surveying minefields and cluster munition strikes east of the Berm, the two thousand kilometer long earthwork fortification which divides the former Spanish colony Western Sahara, my hosts Polisario, the Saharawi independence movement, began coming across migrants abandoned in the desert. The migrants, mostly West Africans, had been rounded up whilst trying to break into the Spanish enclave Melilla. They were driven south across the desert to the Berm by the Moroccan army, stripped of their belongings and then ejected through the minefields into the desert.
Read my article from the Observer