Migrant Crisis: Made worse by the inhumanity of African leaders.

Migrant Crisis: The Shame Of African Leaders.

Th inhumanity of African leaders created the Migrant Crisis.

Migrant Crisis: Made worse by the inhumanity of African leaders.
Migrant Crisis: Made worse by the inhumanity of African leaders.

I watched in horror yesterday how a Maltese charity boat attempted to rescue more than 150 migrants from a capsized dinghy. Some of the stranded were babies held aloft by their drowning mothers. There were lots of screaming, you could see fear live on TV. It was too graphic, too distressing to watch. You needed to have seen the tiny dinghy that crammed over 150 souls. The migrant crisis was laid bare on live TV.  Even when rescue came, out of fear or desperation, they jumped, pushed and shoved to get to safety, but that only exacerbated an already perilous situation. Many died!


The survivors will be taken to Italy where their tragedy will undoubtedly continue. They are unlikely to be granted asylum and will most likely be returned to their respective countries. Their journey was for nothing. But the real tragedy is that most of these fleeing migrants are from West Africa; where their leaders are adorned in gold and other precious metals.  West Africa is home to 340 million people (according to ECOWAS) and collectively, they have all been let down by their leaders. Some of these leaders will tell you there is an element of greed in the fleeing migrants but is greed enough to risk your life on the perilous Mediterranean sea?

Migrants cramped onto a dingy on the Mediterranean sea. Pic courtesy Sky News.
Migrants cramped onto a dinghy on the Mediterranean sea. Pic courtesy Sky News.
Dead (or dying man) pulled out of the sea.
Dead (or dying man) pulled out of the sea.
Migrant Crisis: Another dead plucked from the Mediterranean. Pic courtesy: Sky News
Migrant Crisis: Another dead plucked from the Mediterranean. Pic courtesy: Sky News
Lifeless body on the floor of the rescue boat.
Lifeless body on the floor of the rescue boat.
One of the rescuers gets stranded and almost loses his life. Pic courtesy: Sky News.
One of the rescuers gets stranded and almost loses his life. Pic courtesy: Sky News.
Migrant crisis: Dinghys are often used to cross the seas to get to Europe. Image courtesy: Human Rights Watch.
Migrant crisis: Dinghys are often used to cross the seas to get to Europe. Image courtesy: Human Rights Watch.
He didn't make it! There are many more who didn't.
He didn’t make it! There are many more who didn’t.

What was unmistakable is the look of desperation mixed with fear on the faces of these migrants. For it is only desperation that would make a person risk their lives and the lives of tiny babies fleeing their countries for greener pastures. In the few hours preceding this article, over 1,000 people were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast. More will come, and more will surely die. It is a catastrophe! One of the rescuers jumped into the water trying to save a drowning soul, then got stranded himself. He probably had been overpowered by the struggling victim and the toxic fumes from the rubber dinghy. Thankfully he was saved by his colleagues. Had he not made it, he would have lost his life rescuing West Africans whose leaders are taking a crap on pure gold toilet seats and drinking from pure gold cups. Let that sink in for a second!!

African leaders have no heart; they have completely failed their people. A whole generation of them. People are starring death in the face and prefer that choice to a life of untold suffering in their countries. There is no other way to label that than a failure of government. African leaders fall over themselves to showcase their wealth, they wear the most expensive attires and live in palaces that even their foreign counterparts envy. That for them is the substance of governing; wealth. Meanwhile, miles away on the high seas, aid agencies like MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) together with the Italian and British Navies are busy pulling dead West Africans from the sea. Dead west Africans who were fleeing war and poverty.

Every single West African leader should not know sleep today, and I hope they are tormented by the lives of all those they have let down. I sympathise with these people, I really do and my thoughts and prayers remain with them today.

Kole Obasa

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