Conflict at Spanish enclaves in north Africa

I was sad to hear about conflicts and deaths at the borders of Spanish enclaves in north Africa, especially because I visited one of them, Ceuta, years ago as part of an expedition across Africa.  It is right that Amnesty should press the authorities to repect the rights of those who are trying to enter Spanish territory.  Also I think that it is worth thinking about why it is so attractive for Africans to reach places such as Ceuta.  Where there is a land border between Spain and a much poorer north African state it is the front line of inequality and of course conflict is likely.  That is why as well as working for Amnesty I also support development charities such as Oxfam and Tree Aid and the campaign "Make Poverty History" which aims to attack the root causes of inequality.

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