The dulling of our natural instinct to protect a fellow human is opening a painful wound from the last century.
Does our collective humanity learn from our mistakes? As I reflect on another year settling into the history book I see we are in danger of repeating yet more of some of our most deplorable behaviors from our past.
We can choose differently this year! Together, we can stand against cruel behaviors. We are, after all, only one human race on earth – no matter our outside differences of cultures and social expressions around the globe.
Africa is yet again at the heart of a slide into a dark chapter aided by our ignorance and looking away from responsibility. The dulling of our natural instinct to protect a fellow human is opening a painful wound from the last century. It is complicated by today’s challenges of the world’s human migration and crises of war management.
In this season of joy and gratitude, many of us celebrate the special joy of children in our midst. As parents or community members we want to share hope and create a better future and dreams – all to make a difference in the world – whether wealthy, poor, tall, and short – no matter our skin colour or the continent where we live.
It is and should be a harsh shock to know that slavery is a fact of life again. A repugnant situation that deprives people of basic freedoms to live robs them of their potential and dignity and inflicts horrors of pain, must be confronted. If we do not protect our brothers and sisters, we will surely send the family of man towards
destruction soon or later.
How did we get here?
Over the past 30 years, in Africa’s 54 countries and 8 territories, we’ve been ignoring the state of multiple wars and instability. Lack of migratory policy and support of states in trouble have made life worse in all directions on the map of Africa. Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Congo -Central Africa, Zimbabwe, and Libya are just some of the points harshly affected by instability.
European and American governments’ change of policy have worsened immigration and refugees situations. The gaps are being filled by criminal elements dealing in human trafficking across Africa.
Since there’s no opportunity for most refugees to run from the wars and instability due to the collapse of the diplomatic and travel channels, they are vulnerable to fall prey to the manipulative dangers of organized human traffickers who promise a multitude of Africa’s youth looking for better life and possibility at any price.
This has led to the tragic travel road map. Most tried for Europe as closest continent. Their doomed and treacherous boat crossings have added to the losses of an entire generation of our youth over the last 20 years.
The shift in immigration diplomacy and policy to only the most privileged has robbed average citizens who dream for better future.
Refugee immigrants are held hostage by corruption and criminals who have started slave rings, using abuse and torture across the deserts of North Africa.
It is troubling, disgraceful, heartbreaking and NOT isolated.
We all must act fiercely to bring to justice all those criminals and set record straight.
No human should suffer in this way. There’s no place on earth for this horrible behaviour.
We must act urgently and collaboratively with all governments across the African continent and their leadership at all levels must act fervently on this issue. No excuse. No distraction.
You and I have choice. We can look the other way and continue to enjoy our western world, our privilege of a better and a quiet life in the safety or our advanced society.
Or, we can help in the stand against this inhumane behavior.
I wish for you to enjoy your dreams and your hope for a better world and your sincere hopes for your fellow humans all over the world to have this same dream.
But know that you do not risk your wealth, home, dream, when you act or speak against slavery. Human society as we know it is in danger, all over, when criminals are selling other humans, against their will and in the most brutal circumstances.
In this Christmas and holiday celebration use the opportunity or your calm and secure life to help. Speak out. Ask your community, your local, provincial or federal governments around the world to send the message loud and clear to the criminals of slavery that their practices and evil has no place in our human society globally.
Thank you for your support and your commitment to some action for the good of humanity worldwide.
As you dream peacefully and hope for better life for your child, remember that a parent and a community wishes the very same in their home, everywhere.