From Guinea to Bayonne: the long journey of two youths seeking France's protection


Authorities in the French city of Bayonne are struggling to cope with the number of migrants coming from across the nearby Spanish border. Mediapart met Joseph and Moriba, 'blood  brothers' who are seeking France's protection after nearly dying at sea crossing to Europe from Morocco. After a legal battle, Joseph has now been recognised as a minor by the French courts while Moriba's request will be heard on appeal shortly. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

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As there were five of them, the 'two-seater' inflatable boat was “a bargain” at just 45 euros a head. When Joseph and Moriba sat down on the side of the craft that day they were particularly worried about the look of the skies above the Moroccan shore: bad weather was ahead. And the sea was choppy too.