Looking For Realistic Solutions

Humanity can no longer turn a blind eye to the sufferings of migrants, especially from Africa.

Images broadcast over the news network, CNN last weekend showing the marketing of black Africans in Libya, an African country, by Africans have been revolting to many across the world. Some have qualified the experience as outrageous.

The incident on Monday 20 November, 2017 led to an outburst of protests in several capitals calling for the practice to stop.

Libya is today being given such a gory publicity but there are other African countries where such practices continue to prosper undercover. It has been an old tradition whereby young Africans bound for Europe get caught in trafficking and until recently, the situation had not reached such macabre proportions.

The present outcry could be a trigger for lasting solutions to be found and for humanity to, once more, stand up against a heinous activity intended to subjugate other human beings.

While countries that have been unwittingly responsible for the massive departures must take full responsibility like Cameroon is doing, the rebuilding of the Libya State destroyed by NATO forces in 2011 is imperative.

Vested interest must have led some Western powers to attack and dislodge President Muammar Gaddafi from power, but the pressure that both Western countries and Africa today face from the vacuum that his absence is creating require that the nation should rapidly regain normalcy.

Several political and diplomatic efforts have taken place in some countries on the issue of Libyan restoration, but their outcome remains mitigated. Many Libyans who were told that Gaddafi was an obstacle to their desire for democracy and freedom must have revised their thinking about those who made such deceptive promises.

After all, in all legal terms, a bad government is better than none. Today Libya is in factions and it is uncertain if it is possible to point a clear finger on those behind such maltreatment of Africans in the country.

The African Union appreciably came out to condemn the act. Yet, the stories coming out of Libya need more than just condemnation. It may be difficult to convince any keen observer that the continent and its leadership have been doing enough to ensure that the rights and dignity of citizens are respected.

Other African countries where the obnoxious trade in human beings and its corollary criminal conducts have been largely ignored by the African Union. It took media reports this time for people including some African leaders to behave as if they were not aware of what is happening.

Actions like those taken by the United Nations International Organisation for Migration to help victims return home and resettle them need to be replicated at national levels as well.

Most, if not, all African countries that see their active youth want to go abroad at all cost, might not be failed States, but the need to check issues of governance that account for poverty and disillusionment cannot be sidelined in those cases.

Of course, the experiences of those returning should be an eye-opener to others that salvation may not only rely in foreign adventure even if the desire to travel is inherent in human character.

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