For all that this website is for social justice I see no one turning to the African-European crisis that is happening right now.
To put it as shortly as I can, clandestine immigrants from various countries in Africa are being transported to Italy from Libya (a quick look at a map will tell you why there is literally nowhere else they’re going).
Who are these people? Men, women and children from Syria, Eritrea, Somalia, Tunisia and Nigeria escaping war zones and death, going after the dream of a better life for themselves and their family, often going to reconnoitre and settle to bring the whole family — the dynamic of immigrants in any time and place on Earth.
What do these people go through? Horrors so great they decide to leave their own homes, if they even have some anymore, horrors to get to Libya where they stay in inhuman conditions, paying large quantities of money to remain in a filthy room full to the brim with other desperate people, like livestock, at the mercy of human traffickers. Once they are finally granted passage to Europe, the real hell begins. We have a Mediterranean Sea no longer: it is a graveyard. These words have been spoken by the European Parliament president Martin Schulz, but to what end? They are not acting to change it. You have to understand that the passage these people buy at such a cost is not safe. The boats are old, broken, filthy, and transporting hundreds of people where the space was designated for a couple dozen passengers at most. Do have a look. It’s easy to imagine how easily these boats fail or topple. Hundreds of people die.
After this tragedy, after 700 people died in a single incident, the hope was that at least the Italian government and Coastal Guard would get some help from Europe, since we are still a Union after all, finances, aid, men, ships — but after a few statements on the tragedy, nothing really changed.
What is happening now? These people do not want to stay in Italy, where there are no resources for them. They want to move up north and settle in other countries. France is blocking the frontier at Ventimiglia, sending back all those who successfully pass the border. This is against the Schengen Agreement, which states that within the Schengen Area all movement of persons should be free. To quote:
The Schengen area represents a territory where the free movement of persons is guaranteed. The signatory States to the agreement have abolished all internal borders in lieu of a single external border.
While the Schengen Agreement is valid for EU citizens only, France and other European countries should not be blocking passage like they’re doing; they’re leaving the whole burden to those States like Italy and Greece who are receiving migrants while unable to sustain themselves alone, because of our poor economic situation.
Europe is standing by and watching tragedy unfold; with her, the world.