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I Won’t Advise Anyone To Travel To Libya – Ex-Migrant

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Former Ghanaian migrant, Mr. Kwadwo Kyeremeh has said he
won’t advise anyone to travel to war-torn country-Libya. 


Expressing his ordeal to Suncity Radio’s Nana Kas, Mr.
Kyeremeh stated that the journey is not worth it–if one has the money to
embark on.

According to him, he was influenced by a friend to travel to
the North-African country.
“I applied for teacher training college before leaving
the shores of Ghana. Travelling to Libya is very tedious. Do not go even if you
have the money. A friend influenced me to travel. Our hopes were high…and we
thought the opportunities there were greater than that in Ghana. Another
motivation was that you could use that route to enter Italy and other European
countries.”
Mr. Kwadwo Kyeremeh also disclosed the risks they passed
through before reaching their destination.

“It took us three days to reach Agadez. There are
robbers on the way from Agadez so you have to be careful. Our journey from
Agadez to Duroku lasted for a week. You have to wait for about two weeks if you
miss the vehicle to Libya. Sometimes we do get lost. Also the car can develop a
fault…and you have to wait for three days,” he said.
“At Tamanrasset where the car cannot move up the mountain,
we used about five hours to climb. Many people die on the way…and they weaker
ones are sometimes beheaded. After reaching where water is available, they gave
us a small quantity, “he further revealed.
He indicated that they depend on flour and also hunting for
birds for survival before reaching their final destination.
Mr. Kyeremeh added that they do pass through so many
inhumane treatments.
“Most authorities do not help people out when in
trouble. A Libyan police officer will even rob you if he/she had the
opportunity.”
Mr. Kwadwo Kyeremeh who is now the Administrator for Sunyani
Technical University (STU) concluded with how he returned by to Ghana to better
his education.
“I came back to Ghana following some fights in Libya.
The Ghanaian government promised us a lot but they failed to deliver after they
flown us to Ghana. I enrolled to Sunyani Polytechnic when I returned. I am now
an administrator with my masters.”
“I won’t advice anyone to travel to Libya. Further your
education or engage yourself in trading… and I think that will be
beneficial,” he counseled.
The interview was on the heels of a CNN report from Libya
that showed hundreds of African migrants being auctioned off as farm workers.
Following the development, One hundred and twenty-seven
Ghanaian irregular migrants, including two children, who were detained in Libya
on illegal migration charges, have returned home last week through the support
from the government.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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