According to Mr. Khan, there is no exact figure about the number of Gambians killed during the ISIS New Year strike in Libya. He added that based on the information he gathered from one of the survivors Omaro, a good number of Gambian migrants were killed. Mr. Khan said Omaro’s brother is his roommate in Germany. He said he is devastated by the incident.
Over the years, thousands of Gambian youngsters—men and women, including members of the country’s security forces, have left the country in search of greener pastures in Europe, through the risky back way sojourn. The majority of those fleeing the country had to do with economic hardship, political persecution, and the never ending dictatorship under Yahya Jammeh’s watch.
The back way syndrome, has claimed many Gambian lives. Some of the migrants died in the Sahara desert, while others often die in sea. ISIS on Friday, raided the slum, where the migrants were awaiting to be trafficked to Europe and killed them in a mass execution mock.
The European Union has been working vigorously to clampdown on the illegal migration, but the problem still remains unresolved. Human traffickers are still using Libya as an outlet to traffic West African migrants. Libya has been rendered unstable since the fall of that country’s late Defacto dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai
Source freedom newspaper