AFRICA’S HUGE HUMAN EXPORT THAT SHOULD WORRY EVERYONE – ACID SEEKS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO DEADLY MIGRATIONJuly 23, 2015
If you had a glimpse of the headline of the washington post on Gambia’s big export you may be tempted to think that it’s some raw materials or valuable minerals that would make the Gambia super rich but no sooner you read the first line of the story you would be overtaken with sorrow. The story highlighted exodus of Gambian youth through the deadly mediterranean sea. What was illumined in that story is not only a Gambian issue but an African issue. Africa’s most valuable human capital is perishing in the hot deserts of North Africa and in the high seas of the mediterranean.
Africa’s youngsters are desperate to reach the shores of Europe where they envisage a good life that is punctuated with fundamental freedoms and other opportunities they are deprived of back home . However the cost of this desperate migration is high as many of those who adventure end up being swallowed by desert sand or the ocean belly and the europe that those who made it to shore envisioned is not what it was thought to be. Such devastating situation can only be fixed through sincere engagement with all stake holders.
It is in the light of this humanitarian crisis the African Centre for Information and Development (ACID) in Norway is organizing an international conference to create awareness on the crisis so as to brainstorm on possible solutions. The conference which is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Corporation(NORAD) will take place next Tuesday, the 28th of July 2015 from 15 – 2100hrs at Photels Grensen 19, Oslo Norway.The theme for the conference is deadly migration through the mediterranean by African migrants: what are the challenges for Africa and Europe It is an open conference and the entire public is highly invited to attend. For more information on the conference contact; email: email@example.com or call: 4794572695/ 4791616055.