ITALY BURIED 26 NIGERIAN GIRLS WHO DROWNED DURING A MIGRANT CROSSING FROM LIBYA
The 26 Nigerian women who died in the Mediterranean sea, were attempting to cross from Libya to Italy, were buried en masse, in wooden coffins, with white flowers, in the southern city of Salerno, Italy.
A Roman Catholic Bishop and a Muslim Imam, officiated the mass burial. Only two of the 26 women were identified. Some were pregnant.
A SUBDUED PROCESSION OF OTHER MIGRANT LABORERS ARE IN TEARS AS THEY WATCH THE 26 GIRLS GET BURIED IN SALERNO, ITALY
Sex traffickers from Libya and Italy are enslaving, raping, dehumanizing and killing Nigerian and most of Africa`s migrant laborers.
Several Nigerian young migrant laborers including Africans from other parts of the continent are forced into slavery and prostitution in Libya and Italy on a daily basis.
MIGRANTS AT A DETENTION CENTER IN ZAWIYAH – LIBYA
Nigerian girls, as young as 13 are being beaten and threatened into submission by their so called “SAVIORS” and dangerous captors. These children and women are being forced to sell themselves on the streets of Libya and Italy for as little as $10.00.
A LIBYAN COASTGUARD LOOMS OVER 147 MIGRANT LABORERS WHO HAD HOPED FOR A BETTER LIFE IN EUROPE
UNICEF and The International Organization For Migration says:
Some African migrant laborers are susceptible to to abuse, dehumanization, gang rape and an assorted array of exploitation, from Libyans and Italians. Among those who are more vulnerable are, migrant laborers who have endured long journeys, the uneducated, those who travel alone and children of any age.
A UNICEF spokesman – Christopher Tidey says:
“Migrant laborers from sub-Saharan Africa are most vulnerable of all, simply because of their skin color.”
“It’s a brutal, terrible reality, but young people need to know the risks before deciding to go,” “Bottom line: This proves how essential it is that migrant and refugee children have access to safe and legal migration pathways.”
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA IS DEMANDING AN EXPLANATION FROM THE LIBYAN AND ITALIAN OFFICIALS ABOUT THE DEAD 26 NIGERIAN WOMEN
There is research documenting the abuse and exploitation of migrant laborers, based on a large number of factors. It disclosed the testimony of 22,000 migrant laborers and refugees, from age 14 to 24, trying to cross the Mediterranean.
The research offers an example:
An adolescent boy from sub-Saharan Africa, even one who has secondary education and travels in a group along the Central Mediterranean route, faces a 75 percent risk of being exploited.
If he came from another region, where skin tones are lighter, the risk would drop to 38 percent, it says.
“Countless testimonies from young migrants and refugees from sub-Saharan Africa make clear that they are treated more harshly and targeted for exploitation because of the color of their skin,” the report says.
Tensions between North Africans and sub-Saharan Africans have long existed.
FACES OF SOME OF THE NIGERIAN IMMIGRANT LABORERS AND THEIR CHILDREN – WHO WERE SAVED FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN
An upsurge in employment has motivated migrant laborers from several Sub – Saharan African countries to leave home in the hope of finding work in European countries.
While children are always at greater risk than adults, no matter their country of origin, those who cross to Libya, are always at the greatest risk.
The IOM also added that:
“In Libya, they contend with pervasive lawlessness and violence and are often detained, by state authorities and others.”
In Libya, most immigrants are shot at, locked up, beaten, starved to death and tricked into calling their relatives forcing them to pay large ransoms to secure the release of their loved ones.
A Sierra Leonean migrant laborer, who currently lives in a tent in Italy, named Sheku B. Kallon said:
“Smugglers charge people who have black skin more money for the trip. Traffickers justify the steep fees because they face more difficulties taking black people through Libya, where discrimination is more common.”
Sheku said, in Libya, himself and several other migrants with dark skin, were covered with dark tarpaulin in the back of trucks by the traffickers, who dreaded being seen with black immigrant laborers.
The dark skinned migrant workers were forced to pay more money to smugglers because there is so much discrimination in Libya.
On arrival in Tripoli, Libya, Sheku and his group worked for Libyan Arabs. They were paid less or not at all because, their employers resented them for the dark color of their skin.
Mr. Kallon added:
“I do not think there is any place, worse than Libya”
CGTN AFRICA: REPORTS THE EXISTING MIGRATION OF NIGERIAN AND SUB – SAHARAN AFRICAN MIGRANT LABORERS, ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA, TO LIBYA, ITALY AND OTHER PARTS OF EUROPE
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