- A human rights activist has given account on how his brother mysteriously died on his way to Libya
- Prince Amoh-Ayensu detailed in his story how his brother risked traveling illegally to Italy because of his girlfriend
Each and every day, several Ghanaians risk their lives to travel the Sahara Desert in search of greener pastures abroad.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) always shows troubling statistics on how many risks their lives on the seas and also the Sahara Desert.
Real life accounts have been very hard to come by especially when those expected to tell their harrowing stories remain corpses on the dark stretch of the desert.
Interestingly, a human rights activist and member of the Migration Media Alliance (MMA), Prince Amoh-Ayensu, has given a chilling account of how his brother died while traveling through the Sahara Desert in search of greener pastures abroad.
In an extensive narrative, the former illegal migrant details all that ensued in June 2017 during his venture of Italy.
Below is the full account:
It all began somewhere in June 2017 during the Ramadan when my junior brother told me he wanted to join our kid sister, Cynthia in Italy.
I was not happy about the idea so I quickly asked him, what informed his decision to embark on such a perilous journey knowing very well about her girlfriend’s plan to fly him over to Germany so they can both live together after having secured for herself the necessary legal documentation that would guarantee her peaceful stay.
So I asked him again, 'why are you worrying yourself to go the illegal way to Italy instead of waiting on your girlfriend to deliver on her promise at God's own time?' Which he did reply to me instantly by saying, 'oh no, I just want to go!'
At that point in time, all I could say was 'you’re an adult, therefore, I can’t decide for you, if you so wish to, then you can go ahead, wishing him well'. He told me his checks have proved that the road is clear of harassment from border guards as well as security officers, therefore, made up his mind to leave the following day.
True to his words, he dressed up in a blue jeans trousers with a fashionable T-shirt top to match when I spotted him the next day very early in the morning. He had a small travelling bag packed with his personal belongings including cream cracker biscuits, water bottle. He bid me farewell as he headed towards Kaneshie Station in Accra to board a bus bound for Niger.
That was the last time Samson ever set eyes on his kid brother, Prince Amoh-Ayensu, until news of his bizarre demise hit him with shock.
I got a phone call from him three days later in the evening around 4:00 pm, informing me of his safe arrival at Niger, with the plan to continue to Agadez (the Nigerien city where many West African migrants cross the Sahara Desert to Libya) to get to Libya before finally crossing the Mediterranean Sea in boat to Italy.
Then in less than a week, let’s say in 4-5 days’ time I wasn’t hearing from him again so I called my Junior sister in Italy to find out whether he has heard of him or not. She told me no, but noted that she has called an agent at Libya who confirmed to her that he is on the way coming to Libya.
I later got the news that the agent said there’s a lady on board the same pickup with him on the Sahara Desert who called the agent to inform him that my brother had kicked the bucket.
All of a sudden, cold gripped me, I was thrown into a state of shock and disbelief upon hearing my brother’s sad demise.
According to Samson his sister in Italy revealed that the same lady who broke the sad news was very close to Prince during their time of transit. She was described as a nursing mother whom Prince had been assisting with her baby while on transit.
She [the nursing mother] revealed that on their way to Libya, my brother started behaving strangely; he was heard murmuring strange words like someone who is struck with a ‘high fever," Samson stated.
At a point in time, he even claimed seeing coffins among other unseen images which looks very strange to everyone on board the pickup vehicle they were travelling across the desert.
She concluded that nobody touched my brother, tortured or brutalised him in any way to warrant his strange behaviour.
That guy was a very strong man, he was even stronger than me," said Samson.
He is convinced something strange might have happened to his brother while crossing the Sahara Desert to Libya.
Could it be that he was secretly attacked and killed by an unknown assailant which was not confirmed to Samson? These are serious questions that demand answers.
Samson says he will continue pushing for answers and unravel the mystery behind his brother's demise.
Meanwhile, Samson hopes that by sharing his brother's story it will discourage the youth in Ghana from illegal migration to Europe in search of greener pastures.
Before embarking on such a perilous journey, Prince already had a job of his own. He was a second-hand clothes dealer at Kantamanto market in Accra.
According to his brother, he was already living a normal life and able to cater for his family. He was married with two children.
Samson revealed what pushed his brother to migrate outside Ghana was the drive to seek for greener pastures abroad since he was not content with the kind of lifestyle his was living here in this country.
Though he agrees with the idea that there are numerous job opportunities in Europe, the Middle East and other parts of the world compared to Ghana, he holds the view that it is possible for the youth to make it here in Ghana.
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