By Our Staff Writer
ADDIS ABEBA – A Niger national who was expelled from Israel has been stuck at the Addis Abeba international airport since November after his home country refused to take him back.
“I have been staying here at the airport under very bad conditions because there’s nothing, nothing at all,” EissaMuhamad, 24, told the BBC.
Eissa’s series of misfortunes began last April when he was arrested for being in Israel illegally.
He had been living in the Middle Eastern state since 2011, having left Niger’s north-western Tilaberi region as a 16-year-old in search of a better life.
He said he paid traffickers to take him across Libya and Egypt before he entered Israel by foot.
Once in Tel Aviv, Eissa survived by doing odd jobs in hostels and in a sweet factory until April 2018 when he was arrested for being in Israel without proper documents.
After several months in detention, Israel issued him an emergency travel document and put him on an Ethiopian Airlines plane, via Addis Ababa, to Niger in November. But on arrival in Niamey, Niger’s capital, he was refused entry by Niger’s authorities who alleged his travel document was false.
“They didn’t want me in Niger. They didn’t accept me,” Eissa said.(The Daily Monitor)