The exodus of about two million West Africans expelled from Nigeria continued on February 3.
1. GV: Crowds of refugees at border line between Benin and Nigeria 0.10
2. GV: Family expelled from Nigeria, getting into taxi 0.18
3. GV: Family arriving in small village in Benin, as relatives come out of house to greet them 1.00
4. SV: Man speaking (ENGLISH/SOT) 1.41
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT OF SEQ. 4. "I am a chief cook. People, draft people. Then I come home to my family, and no work for me now, I don't get anything now. If I can get a job I can do, but I think I won't get anything to do now, and with my family, all my family have come home, to my family. I've got a home, but now, I am free."
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The exodus of about two million West Africans expelled from Nigeria continued on February 3. Benin nationals often had to pay exhorbitant taxi fares at the Nigerian crossing point to get back into their country. For one family of seven who had safely reached their destination, a new ordeal was starting. Once the rapturous welcome from relatives and friends had died down, the head of the family admitted to an uncertain future in his native village. He had no hope, he said, of finding a job as a cook, his profession while in Nigeria. But he considered himself lucky to have a made a safe journey back home in the company of his wife and children. Hundreds of thousands of often destitute Ghanaians -- the largest group affected by the Nigerian deportation order -- were still crowding Benin and Togo highways to Ghana as international concern grew for their safety. Nigeria's Ambassador to France, Mr Oga Okwoche, announced on February 2 that his country would not accept responsibility for hardships endured by illegal aliens involved in the mass expulsion from Nigeria.
Source: REUTERS - KEITH FABRE