Cries Of African Migrants: How Nigerians Die Daily In Europe & Overseas

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Oct 10, 2013 – Cries Of African Migrants: How Nigerians Risk Their Lives In Europe & Overseas

I was deeply saddened to hear of the crash of a plane carrying 20 people shortly after take-off from Lagos airport in Nigeria. The Associated Airlines plane was bound for Akure, which lies about 140 miles (225km) north-east of Lagos that Thursday morning. It was indeed a breaking news that was heartbreaking. I felt pain in my heart because i know what the pain of losing a loved one is, even though i don’t know those that were involved. I was still reeling from the loss of life in the air mishap, little did i know that another disaster has equally happened.

A boat crammed with about  500 African migrants has just capsized. About 111 dead bodies have been found, 155 people have been pulled out alive, but more than 200  are said to be trapped in the dreaded Mediterranean sea. Among the dead bodies that were brought ashore were three children and two pregnant women. At dawn, there were some sort of awful scene as those bodies from the sea were almost all naked or bare-chested, as they stripped down to remain afloat,still they could not make it. Majority of those who perished were from war ravaged countries viz, Somali, Eritrea and some fraction of  sub Saharan African countries.

Where I am based in Europe, A Nigerian was wailing and crying because he received a phone call from Libya that his younger brother was in the boat that sank. We told him not to conclude yet that his brother might be among those that survived. No amount of words could make him stop crying. However, it has been confirmed that his brother was among the dead because his friend that succeeded  has called home and informed their family about the incident.

According to a survivor, The 20m (66ft) boat began taking on water when its motor stopped working as it was approaching Lampedusa-a tiny Italian island on Thursday morning. To attract the attention of passing ships someone in the boat set fire on a blanket only to have the fire spread to the rest of the boat. The vessel began to sink when everyone moved to one side. This is the worst ever Mediterranean refugee tragedy in recent time. Previously, in 1996 also in the Italian coast a migrant boat cap-sized with 283 lives lost. On the subject of known ship wreck, more than 25,000 people have died trying to reach Italy from North Africa, and when you add that of Morocco to Spain the number could double. In July 2008, a Nigerian man aged 30 narrated how he threw his two children overboard after they died of starvation and dehydration in a migrant boat that was bound for Italy.

In my previous article titled “How Nigerian Girls Are Forced Into Prostitution Through Satanic Initiation And Blood Covenant” which you can find on NaijaGists.com, i made mention of the trend in which human trafficking trade has plunged into. Now it is all about ritual and voodooism. Sacrifices are made even with human blood to make their business prosperous. Sometime ago some traffickers flung 12 human sacrifice from their boat in a voodoo ritual in other to calm stormy sea. The victims were human being like them, those who left their respective family back home. A witness and a survivor gave Police an horrific account of how human “sacrifices” were picked by the Nigerian “Captain” from a ship that has 400 on board after the engine failed. Some of the voodoo ladies were  performing a macabre dance before the victims were flung into the sea to calm the sea and appease the devil. Human trafficking is really thriving and those in the trade have a well co-ordinated network, a nexus that runs from Nigeria to North Africa through sub Sahara Africa and then to Europe. The migrants are compelled to pay the sum which ranges from $1000 – $2000 dollars before they push them into the boat to Europe.

Despite the news everywhere about the dangers of traveling to Europe by desert, you would still find Nigerians taking this great risk just to fulfill their dream of coming to Europe where they think that  one can pick money from the street. Many have met their Waterloo in this treacherous journey which is often fruitless. Statistically only about 45% have succeeded. Many have died without the knowledge of their parents and their dead bodies have become food to the fishes in the sea.

The fishermen in the Mediterranean coast are complaining about the decline in their business because the high number of dead bodies in the sea is obstructing their net. There is a woman who hasn’t heard from the son who left home 8 years ago. She still believes that her son would return home someday.

Whenever she hear that someone has just returned from oversea, she would go and look for the person and ask him or her about her son. “Abeg you see my pikin? Osamudiame.” That is what she always ask. I pity the poor woman and i pray that her son should still be alive. Our people do say that a dead person is far better than a lost one.

Life in Europe is no longer rosy, Italy as a country is having a great challenge. There is no job. Unemployment is a major concern. Most Nigerians are begging to survive, those that are ashamed of begging are in the streets selling drugs. If they are caught they will be sent to jail. The lazy ones attach themselves to the ladies that prostitute. The lady feed and cloth the “fine bobo” from what she gets from her prostitution business. Any guy who cannot perform well on bed with these ladies are ineligible in the clique.

It is good to note that as soon as a migrant enters the shore of Italy he or she would be taken to a reception center and his or her details would be taken including the “finger print” which will make it impossible for any migrant to leave Italy to any other European country because once your finger print is seen in the European centralized system you would be returned back to Italy. I have seen many Nigerians who were doing fine back home in Europe moving from one country to another without any headway. He that has ear let him hear.

About the author: Uchechukwu Caleb Obi – email: [email protected]

18 thoughts on “Cries Of African Migrants: How Nigerians Die Daily In Europe & Overseas

  1. Here is my take on this
    Bold Nigerians who decide to stay home and invest are even doing better than the timid ones looking for easy way out of life

    These people should just learn to develop their father’s land first

  2. Acconding to president goodluk jonathan,the journey of a nation is just like the journey of an individiual.we will encounter obstactes.sometimes,it gets darker when you are getting nearer.The challenges we are seeing now are very transient and will surely get over them.Nigerian may suffer pains just like jesus christ said at critical moment that though the spirit is willing the body weak.I believe these challenges are the creations of the devil,but we have reached the turning point where we must all move to join the develop society, with God allthing are possible.R.I.P

  3. All dey hav is a system dt wrks, very soon our system wil wrk even better al we nid is a little more patience. RIP my brothers and sisters

  4. THE BOAT PEOPLE WHO DIE , MAY HAVE DIED FROM THE HAND OF RACIST WHO HIDE IN THE WATER, ITALY IS A DANGEROUS PLACE , THERE ARE A LOT OF SECRET CULT SOCIETY EVERYWHERE, A LOT OF OUR AFRICANS GO TO EUROPE , AND THEY END UP IN THE HAND OF PEOPLE WHO WILL ABUSED THEM , THE GAY AND LESBIAN ARE A LOT LOOKING FOR IMMIGRANT TO GET HOLD OF , AND THERE ARE SOME RICH PEOPLE THERE THAT ARE LOOKING FOR AFRICAN GIRLS TO SLEEP WITH THEIR DOG , THEY TOO MAKE A LOT OF RITUAL OF ALL SORT , BUT THEY ARE VERY SMART , YOU CAN NEVER SUSPECT THAT THEY ARE EVIL . I FEEL SO SAD HOW WE HAVE ALL BEING BRAINWASHED THAT , WITHOUT THESE SO CALLED SLAVE MASTER , WE CAN NOT HAVE A BETTER LIFE . WE NEED TO WAKE UP AND THINK OF HOW TO HELP OURSELVES AND NOT TO DO COPYCAT , JUST BECAUSE MY NEIGHBOR IS CELEBRATING BIRTHDAY , I TOO MUST DO THE SAME , PEOPLE ARE SICK IN THE HEAD , WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT WE REALLY WANT OUT OF LIFE , OR HAVE OUR OWN CHOSE

  5. i base here in italy. i know lots of our gils prostitute for money wit white men. but i hav never heard o r seen our girls sleep wit animals. so mrs ohio or what u called urself, don,t say what u don,t know

    • YOU NEED TO SEACH FOR THE ALHAJA WHO WAS AN AGENT TO GET RICH PEOPLE AFRICAN GIRL , TO SLEEP WITH THEIR DOG, SHE WAS ARRESTED AND WAS IN JAIL , WHEN ONE OF THE GIRLS ESCAPED AND REPORTED HER , SEARCH YOUR INTERNET FOR SO MANY CRIME OR FBI FILES, ALL OVER EUROUPE IS FULL OF OUR AFRICAN DOING ALL THE ODDS , WITH THE SLAVE MASTERS, YOU CAN NEVER KNOW BECAUSE THEY ARE SMART, THERE WAS MY NEIGHBOUR WHO ARE MARRIED COUPLE, DO YOU KNOW THAT WHEN THEY CAN NOT GET JOB, HER HUSAND BECOME PAY AS YOU GO BOY FOR OYINBO GAY MILLIONAIRE. SO IF THEY ASK HIM TO DO DOGGY HE WILL DO IT BECAUSE THE MONEY IS SO MUCH , OVER £5,000 AN HOUR, AND THEY ARE READY TO PAY YOU THE CASH, EVERY MORNING THE WIFE GO TO DO LESBIAN, WITH RICH OYINBO, AND HER HUSBAND GO TO DO GAY RICH OYINBO , SO PLEASE JUST DO NOT ARGUE, ABOUT WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW, THIS IS NOT A RUBBISH TALK , IT IS A TRUE STORY.

  6. Well..all I can say is that is not all Nigerians that will sit down in Nigeria ,what I don’t buy is that pple want to travel by fire by force and without the right channel or d right documents all sort. I live in England, so we do av a lot of British pple in Nigeria,in fact all countries .But frustration dey make pple want to leave the country even though they don’t knw where they are going. And pple always say make we join hand to solve naija problem and my question is what can individual do when it comes to issue of unemployment,education,electricity,road network when we re not the govt and we don’t even have money to build one or create job . Our leaders are our representatives. They behave like a lost dog .they turn my county ur country to toy which they can play with …when pple say we can fight for it can someone answer my question what can I do to issue of ASSU strike? Nothing . And this is a govt whereby non of the so call leaders av not resign even if others are doing something that is not good. Is there anything bad in asking my friend how do u build dis nice house so that I can build one,if we all agreed that there is nothing bad why can’t they ask some developed countries how they overcome their problems maybe it will help us , since I was a babe all I can hear is that govt will provide electricity where is it? Not to talk abt others .

    • I HAVE GOT THE ANSWER FOR YOU, THE ANSWER TO WHAT YOU ASK FOR , YOUR PEOPLE ARE IGNORAMUS , THEY WILL ONLY DO WHAT WESTERN WORLD DO , WHEN THEY CHANGE THEIR MENTALITY, OF GOD WILL SOON DO IT , AND THEN STOP RUNING AFTER MIRACLE . THEY WILL BE FREE, ANY DAY THEY REALISE THAT THEY ARE HERE ON EARTH TO DO THINGS FOR GOD , BECAUSE HUMAN BEING ARE MADE TO BE HERE TO HELP MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE . THE BIBLE SAY MY PEOPLE PERISH BECAUSE OF LACK OF KNOWLEDGE , THEY IGNORED WISDOM AND SEACH FOR SPIRIT, BECAUSE GOD IS WISDOM , IT MEAN , YOU WILL GET THERE WHEN YOU START THINKING LIKE GOD . THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE US RELIGION SAID WE SHOULD ONLY GO TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY, BUT YOUR AFRICAN TOOK THEIR BED TO CHURCH. AND WHEN THEY ARE PRAYING , THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOURS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SLEEP . YOU ARE ALL SICK IN THE HEAD, A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BECOME SO LAZY , BECAUSE OF THE MENTALY THAT , GOD WILL HELP TO WIPE THEI ASS HOLE WHEN THEY GO TO THE TOILET. AND THIS MENTALITY HAVE TURN A LOT OF PEOPLE TO KILL THEIR MOTHER FOR MONEY RITUAL OR DO YAHOO RITUAL TO DUPE PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD , AND WHEN THEY GET THE MONEY, THEY BUILD THE BIGGEST CHURCH AND ANNOIT THEMSELVES TO BE BISHOP OF HIGHGATE, AND SAY JESU SE O, BABA TI O, THEN YOU , YOU YOURSELF WANT TO BE LIKE THEM, THEN YOU SHOULD BE READY TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE DONE , SO THIS IT YOUR ANSWERE TO YOUR QUESTIONS

  7. that is true a lot of nigerians are being brainwashed by the lie of europe thinking its all bed of roses while it is the other way round europe is having its challenges so as america but yet they still dont care they beleive that suffering aboard is better than suffering in nigeria its just a shame

  8. Why are Nigerians leaving their country which is rich in oil and acting business? The grass always looks greener on the other side, but if you decide to go on that greener side you would be shocked to find out that there is nothing to write home about. REMAIN IN YOUR COUNTRY.

  9. I reside in Germany and everything is working fine ,my children go to school free of charge ,every citizen is important even if u are disable, sick, homeless . children are treated like gold. you are not scared when u fall sick ,not hungry, so tell me can u say this about Nigeria the answer is no.no security in Nigeria millionares here in europe don’t fence their houses so I dont blame those who want to come though its not worth dying for

  10. Bro Tino ,,u forgot to tell people how rich you are..so because there is free health there and food is cheap,,u think that’s the end of life,,we all know living in those countries ,,food will never be a problem,,but many will be there till jesus comes and they won;t be able to boast of 50 million naira to their name..unless u are involved in one shady deal over there though,,But as far as am concerned if,I and my friend was doing the same Job before he travelled to Uk and now he is lamenting,,he pays 700 pounds on rent per month while i pay that amount per year here..and the job he has is not even paying much..so,,all those people crying in europe..let them keep crying or they come back home and believe in their father land..

  11. Dear becky i never said i was rich so dont misunderstand me. This is d problem we have in nigeria today must i have 50 million naira to be happy .what about good health and basic things like food, shelter, housing ,electricity, free education . If u have ur 50 million naira in nigeria and fall sick it may not even be enough to save u but it is free here

  12. Mrs ohio you av spoken and tino I do appreciate all ur comments u re right about the issue of church thing and i will add Muslims to it as well am proud to be a Muslim and I will always be,leaders are doing there own religion leaders are doing there own they made us understand that all is varnity but they av diff type of big cars registered even jet all sort church members or asalatu members they can’t afford to even buy cough Cyrup for then kids. Left to me 1 or 2 cars is enough and all this money comes from 10%, pple need to wise up spend 10% in a wise way .and as for Becky to see fellow Nigerians happy and show love worth more than money.nigerians abroad we don’t keep what we don’t need like 5 cars while pple around us never eat. Tino told u about health,education all sort which he his right.i was born in naija I see how things are .no securities all sort .police that they should be the one to protect us some of them are robbers.pls don’t get me wrong no body say abroad is perfect we av seen a lot of top top pple doing bad things as well but in ratio is very small that is all what we want for naija. No country can be perfect but fair is what we are asking for. Right screening for the right person. I am a common security officer here in England like we call it but to me it is not common cos I make my living from it. I went thru a lot of screening before I can be that common security we Nigerians call it . If police can pass thru such screening in Nigeria or other post things will get better . Then we won’t ko eran mo ero . Fact!!

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