Tragedy can befall anyone, anytime and anywhere. Intentional or unintentional.
What the World witnessed in Libya simply amounts to a complex tragedy of failures by many African Governments including Edo State.
The fact that so many Edo youths have endured dreadful sufferings and that thousands of Edos have died trying to cross the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Libya is still hard to comprehend. I can confirm that opinions are divided in soliciting for help in what many have described as a self-made problem: a hustle gone bad.
Why Libya? Why did the youths not stay at home? Why did their parents drive them into this? Why did the traffickers pick Edo state? Why did Edo Youths and their parents decide to invest their hard earned money in trafficking? Is Edo state not attractive to invest in? Is it just greed or a madness that abroad is the only way? Many questions.
However, we have seen the goodness of The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, and the current Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, towards the Edo Libya Returnees, It is only right for us to join hands with our leaders and ensure we assist in the efforts to rehabilitate and re-integrate our young Edos rescued from Libya back into the Edo Society.
I have seen Edos in the UK cry tears for Libya returnees, seen Edos in Diaspora visit detention camps in Italy and Libya, seen Edos trying to set up various shelters and organisations to help our Edos from Libya and that is how it should be.
So, it’s time to turn our tears into action and Edos in the UK have responded brilliantly. We have received £700.00 in the first week from Edos in the UK and there is more to come. Please see the list of our donors and amounts donated below.
The underlying message from everyone donating is that this is a second chance for Edo Libya Returnees. If any Edo youth ever takes such route or action again, in their quest for greener pastures, they will be left on their own.
Thank you to our donors and please keep them coming. The Account number is available at the bottom of this page. See the list of 1st week donors below
Princess Beatrice Evabade Okoruwa: £200.00
Mr Uyi Okundaye: £200.00
Pastor Monday Ibude: £100.00
Mr Solomon Okoruwa: £50.00
Ms Nosa Iyobhebhe :£50.00
Total : £700.00
Bank Details are:
The Benin Trust UK, Charity Number 1116338
Sort Code; 40-06-30
Bank Account: 31329626