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The Libyan Migrant Trap
Two African American (Nigerian) women inside a room made up of tough concrete walls with little to no paint on them. Each appear to show the feel of terror and hopelessness as if had been abused and suffered traumas. But one of the deprived women, the one holding her companion as if protecting and embracing her, has a distinct look of strength on her face as a single tear runs down her cheek. Like as if she was spiritually broken but refused to let those on the outside know. They’re both tired, scared and afraid, they want out.
As explained by the one and only behind the camera (the photographer) Daniel Etter it’s a jail these women are being held at. And “what we don’t see is the hundreds of more women that are there crying out of desperation or physical pain after being beaten and sexually assaulted by the guards” They were put there by Militias after caught trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Italy. Trying to flee from the horrible conditions the civil war in Libya is causing. And those caught that don’t end up in torturing jails, meet the evil bullets of firing squads or the very gruesome living as a slave. Anarchy is what this country and most of the region has become competently destroying the economy. Only real big source of money comes from mines controlled by Warlords trying to continue to fund their “campaigns” as they attempt to reach supreme power. Children are taken away from their mothers to be trained to point AK-47s at other humans and pull the trigger. It’s horrendous and it’s an obligation for United States as a world power (as we love to describe ourselves) to act on it and help the defenseless people most in need. There are multiple ways to do it and it can be done.
Nothing gives us The United States a legit and more so understanding reason to not let Libyan refugees live and work here on the land of the free home of the brave, to try and better their lives and the futures of their children. As our ancestors did for us when leaving the tragedies pushing them out of their home country. Philadelphia is a great example where a high concentration of Libyan families are located, they pay their taxes even if they’re non-citizens or residents and they pay school fees where their children attend. Considering Libya has a 38% literacy rate, something as simple as reading and writing to children with childhoods from such a harsh society is as valuable as gold. How can you take that away? It’s awful to put a fence around the opportunities we have in our country. No one is saying bring them into your home give them free money. We just ask for them to have an opportunity.
Deportation is not an option for these people. Terrible detention centers await those who are deported. Before we can even think of sending them back we need to help their region by anyway possible. Sending in troops, military action and talking to other countries to send supplies and medical aid. To raise money to start education centers in safe zones and rebuild cities along with the economy. I believe after doing this not only would the Libyans have their country back but it could benefit other major countries in investments and by ‘cleaning’ this northern area of Africa terrorist groups like ISIS would take major blows as far as money making and land position tactics.
Wealth is too concentrated in excessively over multiple parts of the world. It’s not a necessity to have these incredible riches when in chunks of the world chaos exists and babies are dying before taking their first breath due to maul nutrition. The ignorance we insist of having is not going to make this problem disappear but just become bigger and more of a threat to our Nations safety, to the Earths health.
"In Egypt, Libyan Refugees Find Tough Conditions." Morning Edition, 29 Apr. 2011. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A255052053/OVIC?u=j220918004&xid=febe60f3. Accessed 19 May 2017.
"The Libyan refugee who made it into the US before the ban." CNN Wire, 3 Feb. 2017. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A479995442/OVIC?u=j220918004&xid=852f57f9. Accessed 19 May 2017.
cnn.com appear to show the feel of terror and hopelessness as if had been abused and suffered traumas. But one of the deprived women, the one holding her companion as if protecting and embracing her, has a distinct look of strength on her face as a single tear runs down her cheek. Like as if she was spiritually broken but refused to let those on the outside know. They’re both tired, scared and afraid, they want out.
"The Libyan refugee who made it into the US before the ban." CNN Wire, 3 Feb. 2017. Opposing Viewpo