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Human Smuggling and Migration

Thousands of migrants die in the seas every year, making them turn into a mass graveyard. Migrants from the conflict affected and troubled African countries travel towards the Mediterranean hoping to cross safely and reach the foothills of Europe but for many this journey ends in disaster. According to Fortress Europe, an Italian observatory that keeps a record of the migrant deaths that are reported by the media, between the years of 1994 and 2012 about 6,450 people died in the Canal of Sicily, however, this is hardly the exact number of incidents. Migration and human smuggling incidents are extremely under reported and there is a lack of media coverage to put it on the discussion table.

More than 500 people died in Lampedusa on October 2013, sadly some of the dead migrants were children. Unfortunately, media attention is given to human smuggling and migration only when ravaging and disastrous incidents such as the incident in Lampedusa take place.

There is no denying that the lack of media coverage is causing migration and human smuggling to be put aside and for a solution to be put forth, we, the educated Africans should take ownership and hold our selves responsible to find a solution for this terrible tragedy.
We have to make an initiative to eliminate root causes of human smuggling and migration, such as poverty, unemployment, and unnecessary conflicts to lay down the pillars for a comprehensive and thorough debate regarding human smuggling and migration. The solution can come only from within.

Here is a link to my video

This multimedia story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital empowerment and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.


JaniceW's picture

Profoundly tragic

Deqa, you have brought to light a tragedy that is repeated over and over in the hope for a better future. The solemn sparse soundtrack and imagery of the rows of coffins designated only by a number moved me to tears. You then jolted us to the reality of this situation beyond the statistics and news footage. Human lives are lost every day due to trafficking or migration borne of desperation. As you ask, instead of focussing on the lives lost how can we act at the local level to prevent the root causes?

The simplicity of the music and directness in your presentation make this an incredibly powerful video that shocks and inspires us to take action. Well done.

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