More African waka abroad pipu die die for land dan for de Mediterranean, talk UNHCR

Na at least twice as many waka abroad pipu wey dey die as ddem dey try to reach de Mediterranean as compare to dose wey dey cross de sea, according to de UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

While de Mediterranean remain an ogbonge way for irregular waka abroad, Vincet Cochetel, UNHCR Special Envoy for de Central Mediterranean, tell German newspaper Welt am Sonntag say de land waka for Africa dey more dangerous for waka abroad pipu.

“We assume say dat at least na two times as many pipu wey probably die on deir way to de Mediterranean Sea dan for inside de sea itsef,” talk Cochetel, adding say de numba fit be higher but exact figure no dey available.

Dehydration, starvation, transportation accident, violence and illness na wetin International Organization for Migration (IOM) identify as de most common sometins wey dey cause dying for land way in 2018.

Everi year, thousans of waka abroad pipu dey go on de waka toward de Mediterranean, in attempt make dem reach Europe. De route from Niger to Libya na one of de main routes African waka abroad pipu use to reach North Africa before dem try to cross de Mediterranean Sea.

“We waka for hours unda de ogbonge desert sun wit no water or idea where we dey go,” talk 27-year-old Amadou, a Malian irregular waka abroad persin who dem just recently rescue from de Sahara desert.

Many waka abroad pipu dey get exploited and beaten for de land routes, and dem even dey kill some for deir organs. Shidren also dey vulnerable to extreme conditions for harsh climates, such as dey for de Sahara.

If dem reach de Mediterranean, dey face more physical risks. Ova 1,000 waka abroad pipu and refugees die for on top de three main Mediterranean Sea migration routes  between 1 January and 3 October 2019, according to report wey dey by de IOM. Since 2014, na more dan 1,000 deaths for de Mediterranean Sea dey recorded everi year, wit a total of ova 18,960 deaths ova de last six years.