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Mali, a Way Station for Syrians Headed to Europe

Another door may be closing for Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country, this time in Africa. Mauritania was one of the last countries allowing free entry to Syrians. But in February, it too began demanding visas as officials in North Africa and the Sahel try to stem the flow of migrants and refugees traveling across the Sahara in hopes of reaching Europe. Jamal Ahmed calls his friend Khalid on What's App. “Where are you now?” he asks him. Both men are from the Syrian town of...

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