Samba Issa Anne holding a photograph of his son Amadou Anne, right, with a friend. Amadou Anne died trying to reach Europe. Photo Credit Xaume Olleros for The New York Times

Why Migrants Keep Risking All on the ‘Deadliest Route’

Article in The New York Times
23 June, 2017

Deadly migration policies won’t win against hope for a better life and duty to help the loved ones. States erecting strict barriers are also responsible for the deaths en route. Unfortunately, it seems that those deaths are part of a concerted deterrence strategy

“Their fates, sealed in journeys nearly two years ago, matched those of so many in this region, where young men often fall into three unforgiving categories: the ones who have made it to Europe, the ones who were blocked or deported along the way and the ones who died trying…

The stormy sea is the last in a deadly series of obstacles to Europe. For migrants like the Anne brothers, the journey begins in packed buses that may topple over on bad roads patrolled by thieves. If they make it through the days-long desert crossing to Libya, the migrants are sometimes beaten, detained for weeks by smugglers and shaken down for yet more cash…

Some parents and spouses push their sons to make the trip. Village life is so isolated that often they are unaware of the dangers of the voyage. The pressure to try can be so intense that some men who fail never return home. Ashamed, they would rather have their families think they are dead.”

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