Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Dying to Get to Europe

Sub-Saharan Africans are literally dying to get to Europe. The Moroccan police pulled one young man off a train as he was trying to escape. He fell under the train and lost both his legs. Where is he going to go? He says “I am a small man now please help me” Will he go back to his country to beg on the streets? What kind of life lies ahead for him?Off the coast of the tourist island of Fuerteventura in the Canaries every year people drown in the flimsy disposable boats which come across the 100km which separate the Canaries from the Western Sahara (controlled by Morocco.) Most of them arrive cold, wet and hungry. Some have hypothermia others are lost at sea. How can you tell a woman that her husband and young baby have just drowned when the boat smashed against the rocks? Didn't the people now in graves marked as “illegal immigrant number 26” have the right to a better life?