El Wafi Wakari saharawi political prisoner needs urgent medical attention and protection of his life

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PUSL.- 28 year old, Mr. OUAKARI ELOIFI (also spelled El Wafi Wakari) saharawi political prisoner who was transferred on 4th of July to Ait Melloul prison needs urgent medical attention and protection of his life.

After his transfer Mr. Eloifi was put in a cell with Moroccan violent offenders which poses serious concerns about his physical integrity since he is absolutely incapable of defending himself due to his health condition.

In the same prison are three other saharawi students: Ali Shargui, Hamza Rami and Ahmed Abba Ali from the same group, known as Companions of El Uali who were transferred on the same day, but are in different cell blocks and of which there are no current information.

The families urge the UN and the EU to address the moroccan authorities with the request to join all sahararawi political prisoners currently detained in Ait Melloul.

Mr. Eloifi was detained in January 2016 and since his arrest he has undergone severe ill treatment, beatings, insufficient food intake, psychological and physical distress.

From 29th of March until 29th April 2016 he made a hunger strike, during which his health rapidly declined. Although it is stated in the Moroccan Prison Law that hunger strikers should have medical attention this was not the case.

When he ended his hunger strike Mr. Eloifi started to have digestive problems and the prison doctor of Oudaya, Marrakesh prescribed SULFAPRIM FORT. His health did not improve with this medication, quiet on the contrary it worsened significantly but he was not sent to a specialist.

After several complaints presented by Mr. Eloifi the regional director of the prisons ordered his transfer to the hospital where he made blood exams and x-rays and after the results the doctors prescribed LIXIFOR (a food supplement to fight against digestive troubles and bloating sensations:composed of : Senna, Black Radish, Anise, Cascara).

With this new medication his health got even worse. After one and a half year of suffering and many complaints he was sent again to the hospital and the doctors said he suffered from poisoning but once again he was not treated.

Besides his digestive problems he was diagnosed with a problem in one of his testicules and was told he needed urgent surgery, but the surgery has not taken place nor did he have any medical follow up.

Currently he suffers from:

Digestive problems
Continuous vomiting
Chronical fever

The prison director of Oudaya, Mr. Abdul Rahim Karari refused to change the diet of Mr. Eloifi that was suggested by the doctor. In Ait Melloul the food is even worse for his health.

He has also severe hearing impairment and pain since the beatings he was subjected after his arrest. According to his testimony he is almost deaf of his left ear.

He also complains about severe pain in his testicule (which according to the symptoms can be a testicular torsion) but has to be solved through urgent surgery as was explained to him in the hospital.

Due to all this health problems he has reduced the intake of food to a minimum in Oudaya he almost only ate dry bread in the morning and rice with carrots at lunch, Mr. Eloifi says that he suffers unbearable constant pain, but in Ait Melloul the food he is given is even less appropriate.

He weights now around 45 kg but continues to loose weight.

He also stated in the appeal court of Marrakesh this year to the Judges and the general attorney in presence of International Observers that he needs urgent medical attention, but no improvement of his situation could be observed since he is still victim of medical neglect.

Unfortunately the medical neglect of saharawi political prisoners is systematic, and all the complaints and appeals presented to the moroccan authorities have no effect or answer. Since this year CNDH (Counseil National droit d’homme of Maroc) is the “official” channel for the “monitoring” of torture and ill-treatment, but CNDH never answers any complaints of the Saharawi political prisoners nor do they follow up the cases, the only circumstances they appear in the prisons is when they are sent as “messengers” of the government telling the prisoners to stop hunger strikes.

Mr. Eloifi, like all saharawi political prisoner does not receive any copies of his medical exam results, x-ray results or other written information from the hospital and prison medical staff or the prison director.