Testimonies of family members

The victims of the borders and walls raised by Europe to hinder people’ s right to move freely (going against the principle of freedom of movement enshrined in art. 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), are not only those who undertake the journey. Their families are victims, too, as they live in the anguish caused by the disappearance of their relatives or in the pain of not being able to give them a proper burial. Here you will find their stories. These families indict European migration policies which do not allow any regular entry and therefore force people to risk their lives to get here. These families demand DIGNITY, TRUTH and JUSTICE for the fate of their relatives! Missing at the Borders has the fundamental objective of compiling as many video-interviews as possible, so that the families can share, with their own voices, their experiences.

Mérouane Belabed

Missing since 5895 Days

"The fact that he was denied
an entry visa so many times,
was the direct cause
of his disappearance!"
Kamel Belabed

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Bilal Khalel

"We need certainty about what happened to our children.
We are heartbroken"
Dalila Abid

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Salim Benbekai

"We are certain that the Tunisian Navy arrested them.
Nobody has ever been able to prove to me that my son is dead!"
Zahra Asri

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Mounir Benstoh

"We will never forget Mounir!
Almost 11 years have gone by, but it's as if he left yesterday"
Beya Boudoukha

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Amar Chelbi

"I look at the sea hoping he’ll come home!
Our lives are like a constant funeral!"

Abdelhamid Chelbi

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Karim Hamidi

"When I hear a knock at the door, right away I think that he's come back!
I always thought, and still think, that he'll come back!"

Lyamna Hamidi

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Nabil Ghuizawi

"His absence is the greatest pain.
Because you don’t know where your husband is. If he’s alive or dead…"
Omelkhir Wertatani

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Ali Ben Aldelhamid Ayari

"If we had been able to bury him, we would have accepted God’s destiny.
We would have visited him at the graveyard like everyone else.
We are neither alive nor dead"
Gemma Bensalem

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Abdel Basset Hamdi

"I live in the constant hope, that he'll come back.
I always hope that one day he'll come knocking on the door"
Dalila Basset Hamdi

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Aymen Ben Smida

"Teenagers must be able to see things, get out, broaden their horizon. That's one of their rights. Article 13 states, you have the right to go, to leave and to see"
Mohamed Ben Smida

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Redouene Djezzar

"We’ll never stop looking for them!
You can’t abandon your own child"

Mohamed Djezzar

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Ghassen Ben Brahim

"How come the foreigners can come here with just an ID card and without paying? While we have to apply for a visa and pay for it. And in the end we don't even get the visa"
Souad Ben Brahim

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Raouf Hidouci

"Everything has changed. This is hell. A hell that I can't even explain to you, that you can't even imagine!"
Bariza Haidouci

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Faycel Sabouni

"Do you think I can forget my son? My children are my life"
Boubakeur Seddik Sabouni

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Mohamed El Raouafi

"I don’t need anything in this world. Except for the truth about my son"
Meherzia Chargui EP Raouafi

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