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Beni-Enzar (Morocco), Sep 24 (EFE), (Camera: Mohamed Siali).- Thousands of workers in the Nador region, northeast of Morocco, have been struggling for months due to the prohibition of smuggling with the neighbouring Melilla, Spain, and the closure of the land border with the Spanish city for seven months. The decision of the Moroccan government affects 9,000 former porters (25,000, according to union sources), more than 5,000 Moroccan workers with jobs in Melilla and various sectors linked to smuggling, such as transportation and retail.FOOTAGE OF THE CITIES OF NADOR AND BENI-ENZAR IN MOROCCO. SOUNDBITES OF:-FATIMA JATTI, A DOMESTIC WORKER HAS BEEN WORKING IN MELILLA FOR 13 YEARS:"We ask our Government for an adequate solution to return to work and feed our children. No one helps me, neither Spain nor Morocco, the only one who helps me is my Spanish employer."-ATIKA JATTI, FATIMA JATTI'S SISTER, DOMESTIC WORKER WHO HAS BEEN WORKING IN MELILLA FOR 7 YEARS:"We ask the Government to guarantee our interests so we can enter Melilla, where we also have our health coverage and our bank accounts."

Added on the 24/09/2020 14:00:00 - Copyright : EFE Inglés

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