“In Libyans’ View, Black People Are Not Human. Libya Is Not Save For Black People Especially, Nigerians” – 22-years Old Nigerian Migrant, “Otin” Says
Recently alot of Nigerians were deported from Libya and after some weeks, about 179 Nigerians voluntarily left the country and returned home. Among them is a man named “Otin” who was among the Nigerian migrants rescued from an EU-bound rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea in 2016, he described the pain he faced in Libya.
The 22-years-old migrants, Otin is among the Nigerian migrants who pass through Libya to where they think will be a better place in Europe.
While Otin was speaking with the MOAS last week, he said that he previously left Nigeria not for his intention but for the crisis and pressure of Niger Delta crisis who want to force him to join the Militia group.
- “I had to leave Nigeria because of the Niger Delta Crisis. This militia group came into our village and forced me and others to join them. One dark night I managed to escape the camp and run away. It took me five weeks but I finally managed to make it to Libya. It wasn’t the safe place I was expecting.”
He explained how he was kidnapped in Libya and how they maltreated him alongside with other black people they have captured. Otin finally expressed his happiness as he didn’t die in either Libya, Mediterranean sea or Nigeria, he said, he is about to pursue a new and big dream.
- “I got kidnapped by a militia, they beat me and stabbed me with a knife several times. Black people are not humans in their eyes. I escaped again and managed to get in touch with a smuggler who put me on a rubber boat bound for Europe. The crossing was intense. The sun was so hot at sea that I passed out. You want to know my biggest dream? I have no dream anymore, because my only dream came true. I survived. I didn’t die in Nigeria, I didn’t die in Libya, I didn’t die in the sea. Now to find a new dream.”