For several years now the Taizé brothers living in Senegal have been working closely with Caritas, within the framework of the PARI (a reception service for refugees and immigrants). Over recent months, the number of refugees they have welcomed has decreased significantly. The reason for this could be the present stability and absence of conflicts in the neighbouring countries. But what has become of all the “turned back-deported-clandestine-immigrants” who, from Spain and the North of Mauritania, are transported towards the frontiers, especially between Mali and Senegal? And what could the PARI do for them?
This was what lay behind the idea of a journey; making a journey in order to better understand what is at stake when people are turned back, to make contact with the principle associations and NGOs who care for those who are turned back, and to maintain contact with them. In order to do this, it would be necessary to retrace the different stages leading to Nouadhibou, in Mauritania, which is the departure point of the canoes and also the point of obligatory return for the migrants: Dakar – Saint Louis – Rosso (Senegal) – Richard Toll – Rosso (Mauritania) – Nouakchott – Nouadhibou.