Take it or leave it, any young person that is unable to make it at home, can not or will find it equally difficult making it abroad. You see, to live or reside in abroad requires hard work, and most job opportunities for irregular are cheap manual labor that you wouldn’t ordinarily do in your country. So what’s the point? Do you know why do young people risk their lives at all cost to traveling abroad without a destination, permits or money in pocket at arrival? To arrive in a foreign land without where to sleep, food to eat could be traumatic, and starting a life in street as if one is a psycho- man could be another thing entirely? I have seen people in work in Africa, selling their properties to gather money to travel abroad with the hope of getting a better job, which they never. I have seen parents collecting loans from bank to fund their daughter to travel abroad in anticipation of return on investment, which usually result in the girl’s death of HIV/AIDS. I have seen where Men traveled with children in pretense as theirs, only to sell these children for a token, and at which these children are used to cause accidents specifically in the Saudi Arabia ; by pushing these children into a high speed moving vehicles, to jam and kill them so they can turn around and claim damages. Imagine what people do for money? What is more wickedness than this? So you can tell me what is it I have not seen? But that is just the picture.
Back to the point I asked, why young Africans want to travel abroad by all means? Or will you blame this young people in totality for their actions? Wanting to leave this country in droves? To my mind is where there is hunger there is likely hood of migration. Where there is poverty and joblessness there is likely hood of migration. Where there is war and conflict, inequality and bad governance there is likely hood of migration. And this entire likely hood is in Africa and I don’t know why Africa.
To me, migration in its self is not criminal per se, but when it is irregular, it can be viewed illegal by the entering country and as security threat. Most times at borders migrants are arrested, roughed handled, tortured and killed, while so many are languishing in jailed criminally in Asia, Europe and America. This migrants are usually maltreated may be because they are from Africa and is out of racial discrimination and Xenophobia. But funny enough, even most of those African youths that are arrested and detained in jail themselves have refused to identify with their identities and reject their Government interventions in returning them back in their various African Countries for reintegration. That too goes to show you the rooted mentality we have that greener pasture is not in Africa by African. It is such is pity!
But to those irregular migrants whose have found their way into Europe, Asia and America from Africa, they are currently into modern day slavery. Ask me why? Their condition there is not better than when there were in Africa. They see good life but can not access it. But the truth of the matter is that, Americans, Europeans, Asians enjoys such migrants and recognizes the potentials, which they absorb and provide available labor jobs to them. These jobs are jobs that do not have dignity nor add value to them. Me, I want to go home. Am tired of Asia, Europe and America, I want to go back to Africa. To eat fresh food and enjoy nature, there is nothing here than artificial life’s.
And now Am back home, I will be telling youths that going abroad was a waste of time. Excerpt I had gone for study and not hustle on the street and smoke all sort. That better is when they use their active years of lives to develop Africa. Else going abroad will make weak and weary at old age. Worrisome is the rate of women taking the lead in this mass movement. According to UN statistics, 244 million migrants are living abroad. These migrants make their ways through the Mediterranean Sea by boat, and these boats do capsized, killing our teeming youths in droves. Most of the boat cap siding is never captured in the media and till tomorrow young lives are cut off in this deadly sea route to abroad. To some that are migrating by road, they are stocked in the desert and killed by hunger and thirst. After drinking their urine as water to be dehydrated to death, you will then understand you do not need this road to greener pasture. Oh, what manner of greener pasture! When I think of it, I now know that I do not need this manner of greener pasture and is extremely not worth the risk? And you need to let others know of it too.
You see migration most at times result into trafficking and don’t just happen. It is an organized crime. It starts when some one is desirous and apprehensive to move abroad. You will meet or will be approached, introduced by and to those into Visa racketing. Some of them go into poor local communities, led by family members, known people and community members who lure vulnerable youths with promising annotations of job opportunities in Europe, Asia and America. These opportunities never existed nor will exist. Young girls are taken out of African abroad to serve as sex toolkits in prostitution.
These young Africans girls are exploited sexually to sleep with all kind of animals for experiment. These girls are mostly under 20 years old and are traded for commercial sex to over 30 men daily, without protection. So I ask you, who are these old men paying for these girls to be brought into Europe, Asia and America? And I will tell you they are not Africans. African is only used as the kingpin for the trade. And is senseless, shameful and heartless to humanity, they will pay for it one day. African leaders have got a lot to do on this migration issue, not that Africans migrant abroad more than others. No, but it is the way and manner others maltreatment Africans as slaves while on migration, that need to looked into. I will like to look and see Africa where jobs are created from sustainable agriculture and ICT. I will like strong legislation restricting foreigners from stealing our natural resources just to refine same and sold at higher exchange rate back to us again; - that is no common sense! I will like to see development of cooperation with others to respect our identity as Africans. I will like to see Africa where trust in the land is rebuild for young people and by young people. It is my dream to see African youths tap from the prowess of Africa and began a new process of leadership where we will find that greener pasture right here in the land. I think so, don’t you?