Pan Africanism : The underground railroad

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    Just a few miles seperate the continent of Africa and Europe - thousands of Africans brave those few miles every year - travelling thousands of kilometers inland to reach the point to cross. death is constant. Authorities have stopped almost 15thousand in 700 vessels just last year.

    On the waves of globalization - where borders have lost their meaning to everything but a people - should we be supporting and actively expanding this railroad? As Africans in the Diaspora - do we not have a moral obligation to help those who want to "cross over"?
     
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    Italian navy rescues more than 1,000 migrants sailing to Europe

    Navy helicopters spot four boats carrying 823 people, while in second operation 233 migrants are saved
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    The 233 migrants from Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Zambia, Mali and Pakistan were taken to a port near Syracuse. Photograph: Reuters

    The Italian navy rescued more than 1,000 migrants from boats trying to reach Europe within a 24-hour period, authorities said, as an immigration crisis that has led to the deaths of hundreds of people in the past year showed no signs of easing.
    Navy helicopters spotted four overcrowded boats struggling to stay afloat south of Sicily on Thursday and ships were sent to save them, the navy said in a statement.
    The 823 men, women and children aboard the four vessels were from countries including Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq and Tunisia.
    In a separate operation, the navy rescued 233 migrants from Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Zambia, Mali and Pakistan and took them to a port near Syracuse on Sicily's eastern coast.
    After an October shipwreck in which 366 Eritrean migrants drowned off the Italian island of Lampedusa, Italy launched an operation combining ships, helicopters and drones to monitor the Mediterranean Sea.
    Italy is a gateway into Europe for many migrants – arrivals by sea to the country from northern Africa more than tripled in 2013, fuelled by refugees from Syria's civil war and conflict in the Horn of Africa.

    .... http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/03/italian-navy-rescues-1000-migrants
     
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    Another 42 African migrants caught sailing into Spain
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    [​IMG]COASTGUARD workers rescued 42 sub-Saharan Africans attempting to sail into Spain via the back door in the early hours of Monday morning.
    Two of the would-be migrants were women, and all of them were adults and found to be in a reasonable state of health aside from hunger, thirst, fatigue and suffering from exposure.
    They were found at around 11 miles off the west coast of the island of Alborán, close to the port of Motril (Granada province), where they were air-lifted and attended to by the Red Cross.
    In the past month or so, around 800 illegal immigrants were caught trying to enter Spain – some on jerry-built rafts or dinghies which were barely seaworthy, and in some cases children were found in boots or under bonnets of cars or hiding in the spare wheel compartment, and women were folded up into suitcases.
    Others attempted to climb the four-metre-high border fence, which is topped with barbed wire, separating Morocco from the two Spanish-owned cities on its northern coast, Ceuta and Melilla.
    Every year, thousands of sub-Saharan Africans attempt to enter Spain illegally seeking a better quality of life, frequently travelling overland as far as Morocco before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by boat, by car on board a ferry or by climbing into Ceuta or Melilla.
    Some do not survive their ordeal, and most of those who do are deported almost instantly.
    http://www.thinkspain.com/news-spain/23538/another-42-african-migrants-caught-sailing-into-spain
     
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    As we all know, of course, the legal paths take time, power, and money. None of which do these Africans possess nor many others of us.

    Subsequently, the "People Smugglers" get to fleece these people for their money and place their lives at risk in a venture which, if caught, gets them sent right back anyway.

    .... a lose-lose situation.
     
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    At Europe’s Door: Black African Migrants Trapped In Hellish Limbo in Morocco
    By Palash Ghosh
    on September 12 2013


    .....Morocco, which receives millions of euros annually from the European Union to clamp down on illegal immigrants seeking to enter Europe, has come under criticism for its often brutal treatment and abuse of sub-Saharan Africans within its borders. In response to such vitriol, government officials in Morocco have vowed to adopt a more "humane" approach to its increasing population of unwanted immigrants, particularly the estimated 20,000 sub-Saharan Africans already in the country (a figure that has quadrupled in just the past few years, according to the North Africa Post newspaper). Some black people in Morocco have even been the victims of violence perpetrated not only by Moroccan police and security officers, but by ordinary citizens as well. King Mohamed VI himself has admitted that concerns raised by Morocco’s National Human Rights Council (MNHC) over the country’s asylum and immigration policy are "legitimate."
    BusinessDay Live, a South African newspaper, reported that over the past summer a Congolese university professor living in Tangier died after a policeman pushed him off a bus that was deporting him to the border of Algeria. A Senegalese man named Ismaila Faye was stabbed to death near the central bus station in Rabat, allegedly during an argument with a Moroccan over seating privileges. MNHC, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) and Gadem, a Moroccan NGO, have all raised alarms over the intensifying violence committed against African migrants in the country. "The fact that sub-Saharan migrants are classified as 'illegal' means that the majority live with the constant fear of arrest and expulsion and the ever-present threat of violence, abuse and exploitation at the hands of security forces, [and] criminal gangs," read a statement from Medecins Sans Frontieres. "Their abusers are able to act with impunity in the knowledge that their victims will be treated as criminals and offered little or no protection by the Moroccan state.” Medecins Sans Frontieres even closed its offices in Morocco as a form of protest. "This violence is far from over, as witnessed by the tragedies of recent months, which have been particularly violent for migrants in Morocco," Gadem stated.
    ....complete here: http://www.ibtimes.com/europes-door-black-african-migrants-trapped-hellish-limbo-morocco-1404846
     
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