Dont Buy Death – Somali Journalist Warns Against Dangers Of Migrating To Europe

Somali Journalist Warns Against Dangers Of Migrating To Europe

A week after more than 400 people from Africa and the Middle East drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their ship capsized en route to Italy, a Somali journalist is urging his compatriots to remain in the country and forgo their hopes of resettling abroad.

Abdinur Mohamed Ahmed created the Twitter hashtag #DhimashoHaGadan, meaning “Don’t buy death,” from his home in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, days after the tragedy.

He wants to encourage young Somalis to stay home and help their country rebuild rather than pay smugglers exorbitant fees to make the often-deadly journey to Europe.

Somalia’s efforts to restore its fragile security after decades of political instability and conflict have been hindered by an ongoing drought that has left the country in an “alarming” state of food insecurity, the United Nations has warned.

Forty percent of the country’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance. More than 1 million people have been internally displaced, and are vulnerable to physical and sexual violence by armed groups and government soldiers.

The dire economic and political situation has caused large swathes of the population to leave Somalia. More than one in seven Somalis lived abroad last year.

But Ahmed believes the harrowing trip to get to Europe is not worth the loss of life.

“Is it justifiable to say that families cannot afford to eat here? In order to reach to Europe you need at least $5,000 to $10,000,” he told the WorldPost in an email. Many sub-Saharan Africans who want to make the journey pay thousands of dollars to be smuggled through Sudan, Egypt and Libya before attempting the precarious route across the Mediterranean Sea to the Italian shores.


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