Thousands of Nigerian Migrants Die In the Desert Regularly-NAPTIP


By FRANCIS OGBONNA

The DG, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Person (NAPTIP), Barr. Julie Okah-Donli, in the wake of the recent burial of 26 Nigerian Women migrants in Italy has said that thousands more die in the Sahara desert unaccounted for while trying to cross over to Europe.

Mr. Joseph Famakin, the agency Coordinator for Lagos Zone who represented the DG as Guest Speaker at the maiden Dr. Bolaji Carew Memorial Lecture, which took place Saturday in Lagos reiterated that this happens on a regular basis.

In his words, “Nigerians are saddened by news of the death of 26 of our girls who in a bid to seek for better life in Europe perished in the Mediterranean Sea, but do you know that thousands more die in the Sahara desert on a regular basis?

“People, both men and women who embark on this kind of journey should realize that what they are doing is leaving the substance and pursuing shadows. 

"People don't pick money on the streets of Europe as people are made to believe. so parents and guardians of young person who have such dreams should be guided appropriately."

The size of the Sahara desert spans an area-9,200,000 sq.km-that is about the size of China or the United States. It is on record that several thousands of Africans have died trying to access Europe through the barren land reputed to be the 3rd largest desert in the world, after Antarctica and the Arctic.
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