ACI Prensa Staff, Oct 12, 2023 / 18:30 pm
Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero, the archbishop of Rabat, Morocco, and president of the Regional Episcopal Conference of Bishops of North Africa, denounced the violence perpetrated against migrants in various parts of Africa on their way to Europe, including enslavement: “There are children, adolescents who have been sold up to three times,” he decried.
In an Oct. 2 interview with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, the archbishop of Rabat noted: “We see that there are more and more psychiatric problems, because the experiences they go through crossing the desert are so traumatic that it’s not surprising that an adolescent, a young man, even an adult is left with aftereffects.”
“We are talking about robberies, violence, rape, and being sold as slaves,” he said.
According to the Turkish news agency Anadolu, in the first half of 2023, the Moroccan authorities reported more than 25,000 attempts at illegal migration from their country to Europe. In addition, in the last five years there have been approximately 366,000 attempts at illegal migration from the North African country.