The point newspaper decry the extremes young Africans take to make it to the shores of Europe in this editorial:
There is a lot of debate these days about African immigrants trying to enter Europe through what many call “the back way.” Like many African countries, The Gambia has lost many of her citizens, mainly the youths, on the dangerous seas between Spain and Morocco and despite the recurrent and grievous nature of the loss of lives, many are still willing to brave the precarious conditions to enter Europe which Africans youths have for decades looked forward to as a greener pasture. Alas, how sorrowful, considering the price the adventure is costing many a hope-starved African youth!
The editorial went on to report what these people claimed is responsible for their extreme risk taking thus:
Many African youths attribute their extreme decision to the inability of their home countries to provide them jobs or, when they could, the remuneration is not comparable to wages in Europe.
I was with the inpression that the point editors do not have to attribute the reasons to the travellers. They knew what is going on the ground. They are daily witnesses to the deprivation that is taking place in the country.
The following slideshow and accompanying music catches the epitome of the human tragedy brought about by the exodus of what the point editorial called “hope starved african youth” to the greener pastures of Europe at any cost.The music is in Wollof but the visuals are captivating in their own right.
Click on the link below to listen and watch SUNUGAAL ( OUR BOAT) …a studiosankara production.