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Nigerien stranded at Ethiopian airport since November 2018

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<p><strong>A Nigerien national expelled from Israel has been stranded at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport, in the Ethiopian capital, since November 2018, after his home country refused him entry.</strong></p> <p>Eissa Muhamad dreamed of a better life in Israel, but that dream has turned into a nightmare when he was expelled from the Middle East state for staying illegally in the country for nearly 8 years.</p> <p>However, the 24-year-old’s country of origin refused to receive him, and he has been stuck at the Ethiopian airport for nearly 4 months since.</p> <p>According to Muhamad, he paid traffickers to enable him across Libya and Egypt before entering Israel on foot.</p> <p>Once in Tel Aviv, Muhamad survived by doing odd jobs in hostels and a candy factory until April 2018, when he was arrested for being in Israel without proper documents.</p> <p>After several months in detention, the Israeli state issued him an emergency travel document before putting him on a plane to Niger in November, but when he arrived in Niamey, Nigerien authorities refused him entry, claiming that he had used false documents to enter the country.</p> <p>Israel has denied allegations that the emergency travel document was fake.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Please let the world know that i'm here for more than four months.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Lettheworldknow?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Lettheworldknow</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCAfrica?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>BBCAfrica</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/guardian?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>guardian</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CNNAfrica?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>CNNAfrica</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Refugees?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>Refugees</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/UNmigration?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>UNmigration</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BowlerDerek?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>BowlerDerek</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/canadacaring?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>canadacaring</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AlJazeera_World?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>AlJazeera_World</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/abcnews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>abcnews</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RT_com?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>RT_com</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ntvkenya?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>ntvkenya</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>nytimes</a> <a href="https://t.co/VCeFBgPz7w">pic.twitter.com/VCeFBgPz7w</a></p>— Eissa Muhamad (@EissaMuhamad2) <a href="https://twitter.com/EissaMuhamad2/status/1095659648911360000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Nigerien man stranded at Ethiopian airport for months <a href="https://t.co/FQJSsTlTfL">https://t.co/FQJSsTlTfL</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/FaarizAdam?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>FaarizAdam</a></p>&mdash; Eissa Muhamad (</code>EissaMuhamad2) <a href="https://twitter.com/EissaMuhamad2/status/1095653635059576833?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AGENCIES</span></em></strong></p>
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