A JOURNEY OF NO RETURN!
What you are about to read is real-life accounts of Nigerian deportees who just arrived from the nation of Libya and rushed to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, in search of refuge and rescue. Please SHARE this post with your friends, colleagues and family – there are VALUABLE lessons to learn!
No words can adequately describe the suffering passed through by Tracy Stephen. What started as a promise of greener pastures abroad ended in a seven-month nightmare! The young hairdresser was told by a friend in Italy that multiple opportunities were available for her to prosper in Europe, if only she was ready to undertake the “two-week journey” there. Her mother gave instant approval, borrowing money to the tune of N280,000 to finance her fledgling journey. However, things soon started taking a downward spiral when Tracy reached the Niger border on route to Libya. Packed like a sardine into a small van, a vehicle that was supposed to contain just seven people became the hiding place of over 40. The horrors of that three-day journey through the desert is difficult to describe. Multiple dead bodies lay strewn in the sand as the vehicle hurtled through the wilderness – no food, water or sleep for its choked occupants. The harrowing voices she heard in the desert became a mental torture. Upon arrival, a deep well filled with dirty water provided slight respite – until they learned that a dead body lay in the abyss, rotting for the past week. Encamped in a prison-like environment, Tracy joined hundreds of young men and women who were bent on reaching Europe through illegal means – even if it meant losing their lives.
What the young lady from Edo State witnessed during her ordeal can be termed unimaginable – sleeping next to a colleague to awake and see a corpse besides her, multiple women raped at gunpoint by men at whim, drinking her own urine to quench the burning thirst of the Libyan desert. Finally making it onto a rickety, makeshift inflatable boat, more than 140 desperate individuals attempted the crossing from Libya to Italian seas. None could swim nor did any have a life-jacket. A day into their hellish journey, the immigrants realised that the device supposed to be on board to send a distress signal to the Italian coast-guard was missing. With fuel disappearing and the boat leaking, they decided to return towards Libya. No sooner had they backtracked on their ill-fated journey that the fuel was finished totally, stranding the immigrants in the midst of the high sea – without any food, water or sight of the shore. A man aboard the vessel soon succumbed to the elements and died in their midst but fear of attracting a shark kept them from throwing his decomposing body into the sea. After finally being spotted by a Libyan rescue ship, the immigrants were sent straight to prison upon reaching dry ground. Several months later, through the intervention of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Tracey was deported to Nigeria, choosing to come to The SCOAN for refuge immediately she arrived…READ MORE