Difficult conditions in La Madrague

Extract from Récit de Dawood • 30 years old • Man • Afghan

I called 115 in the morning at 8 o’clock, I  tried about four times and finally they gave me one month in La Madrague… but unfortunately it is not really a good place, there are no normal people, six persons per room, many flights, I lost my cell phone there twice. When I went to the bathroom, I took my bag with me… La Madrague is very troublesome. They take everything ; I lost my clothes there when I stretched them out to dry, the people there drink a lot of alcohol… […]

I have been at Madrague for more than a year. During the day we cannot stay at Madrague between 8:30  and 16:00. In summer, at daytime, it is a little better because the temperature is warm, we can stay outside by the sea… but in winter it is very hard, often cold, there is not a place to stay… now it is the beginning of winter… when we stay in the station, a lot of police ask us our identity…

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