“Smuggling season” has begun, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said this week.
300 Africans from all over the continent were feared to have drowned on an illegal passage from Libya to Italy — 100 bodies have been found — and their perilous journey to an ideally better life is duplicated all over the world.
From over 60 Africans who have drowned in the Gulf of Aden after traffickers pushed them overboard to the 550 Muslims fleeing Myanmar who are believed to be dead after they were allegedly set adrift in boats towed out to sea by Thai forces, human smuggling has become the problem that won’t go away.
It’s not just Mexicans following coyotes across the border, it’s the smuggling of Haitian and Cuban migrants to Florida and the Dominican Republic (even to the Bahamas), it’s the smuggling of Indonesian migrants to Australia, it’s the smuggling of Guatemalans, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Hondurans to Mexico, all who have a significant chance of not surviving along the way.
The pursuit of happiness is a tricky one if you’re living in a lowly-developed, conflict-stricken country. And often a dangerous one if you decide to leave your home. But if you were in their situations, what wouldn’t you do?
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