I listened to Ms Fatou Diome’s passionate speech about immigrants dying in the mediterranean a few months ago. It’s hard to ignore the truths in her speech.
The punchline from the first part of the clip 4:50 “we will all be rich together, or we drown together”
The second part of the clip talks about Africa taking responsibility and work together to stop wasting lives of future generation seeking for better life outside of the continent through the back doors to Europe.
Well, this meeting was in April, since then migrants crossing to Europe has reached a record high. Estimated death toll of 2,300 for this year alone.
I did watch a few Nigerians given testimonies about their trips, how they ended up joining the voyage from Libya going anywhere but Nigeria. The guys I watched were educated and even paid exorbitant amount of money to their smugglers.
I think this is a well-balanced enough argument, immigrant issue is a sensitive one, but Africa must do their bits as we are the one losing future of tomorrow at sea.
As Ms Diome rightly puts it “if we are really independent in Africa, we are also responsible for our destiny”
Oh well, I suppose here’s where good leadership comes in, again…