I Am Ashamed! Libya Slave Trade.

I am ashamed.  It’s not the Libya trade. It’s not the over 2000 deaths this year in the Mediterranean sea. it’s not the rapes on the Sahara routes. It’s not the exploited workers in the farms or factories. They have been happening over a decade ago, before our eyes. Didn’t we see it? Did we demand political will to end them?

The Libya footage gave us no option but to react. How are we reacting? Now what more do we need to watch  to be able to react with an action that would put an end to this inhumanity? That’s what I am ashamed of!

Ok now I am wondering were we are heading to? How can African police forces and soldiers be paid from the EU to detain migrants and deport them on transit. If they arrived Europe, they are entitled to minimum protection that would not allow this kind of abuse to happen. Then why and how can the European Union finance such atrocities outside its boarders?

Who is going to seek justice and compensation for these migrants? Because all we are after now is that  they are sent back home safely. But what about the traumatic experiences they have been exposed to. It is not just the EU but also the African Union, the African governments who have allowed economic interest and capitalism to override humanity and justice.

How can I walk into a mega grocery store in Lagos Nigeria, and see that 90% of the liquid milk sold there is all imported from Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland. Now I am wondering how bored Nigerian cows would be, not to talk of the jobless farmers. We can argue that the milk does not meet minimum standard, required capacity etc..

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Who sets the minimum standards? How much efforts have been made to get the local farmers milk to standard? Now, he is out of regular income and his son decides rescue the family for good. Make it once and for all in Europe. Come back and build Daddy a 4 apartment house. We all move to the city. Forget the cows and farm.

He embarks enthusiastically on a journey through Libya to Germany, because he is wise enough to know that the German embassy will never grant him audience. 6 months on the road, he has to wait in Libya. 4 months goes by fast. He is away for a year. Hi father is waiting! The EU policy of helping Libyan authorities intercept people trying to cross the Mediterranean and return them to prisons is “inhuman”, the UN has said. Source – The Guardian 

What do we tell the farmer about the death of his son? He was chained, sexually abused and shot dead by armed forces supported by the European Union? The same countries where the milk in the grocery comes from? First it was his Job, now it is his son? I am sad.

Exactly now, must we take action. Everyone! Not just the EU/AU government who have failed till now, but also you and I. We all need to work like ants and start up initiatives that would give one person, one returnee future prospect in their beloved community.  Help returnees build up their environment, so that by 2027, we can look back and be proud.

Cheers, Joana

Joadrehttps://www.joadre.com
I am Joana, a Nigerian-born Austrian-based entrepreneur and activist. Founded Joadre in 2012 and continue to develop content to engage and empower African SMEs.

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