Several Moroccan nationals have been stranded in Turkey for some time. Desperate in the face of the « marginalisation and indifference » to which they are subjected and in view of the « difficult conditions » in which they have been living for more than two months, these Moroccans, numbering more than 200, have called on King Mohammed VI to come to their aid.
Morocco has decided to suspend flights to and from several countries around the world, including Turkey, since 22 February. This suspension of air links between Turkey and Morocco is not without consequences. Several nationals of the Cherifian kingdom are stranded on the Bosphorus and their situation is deteriorating day by day.
In a petition addressed to King Mohammed VI, these Moroccans, whose number is estimated at more than 200 people, complain about their « difficult » living conditions and, in despair, they call for help after several cries of distress remained unanswered. « We have tried several times to communicate with Moroccan diplomatic representations, but all attempts have been unsuccessful, ignored, and sometimes with insouciance and insult, » they inform in the petition, Bladi notes.
These Moroccans stranded in Turkey complain about their « miserable situation which does not honour anyone », the newspaper continues. That is why they are asking King Mohammed VI to give instructions for a special flight to be chartered for their repatriation to Morocco before the month of Ramadan, which starts in mid-April.
Almost a year ago, during the first wave of the new Coronavirus epidemic, the closure of international borders had already led to the blockage of several thousand Moroccan citizens in Turkey. King Mohammed VI had then ordered, in June 2020, the creation of an air bridge between the Kingdom of Morocco and Turkey with a dozen flights of the RAM.
It is once again these arrangements that are expected by Moroccan nationals who do not wish to stay in Turkey in the run-up to Ramadan. Last year, many Algerians were also stuck in Turkey, in deplorable sanitary conditions.