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The Road to Libya

World Anti slavery Day

The Road to Libya is a short story dedicated to modern day slavery, common in Nigeria, mostly amongst the people of Edo and Delta states of the South-south region.  Written by Ejiro Omokri.

Tonia had told me that the land is green across the waters, I remember her very words, ‘babe this kind suffer u tanda dey suffer for Naija no be am oo, life for here sweet anyhow I get work wey dey pay plenty money and if you come, you go see work too, abeg open your eyes o!’

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I thought about it, life here has been nothing but depressing, poverty was a stern dictator in my life, with no father and a mother whose daily earning of 300Naira the whole family which includes my mom, myself and my 5 other siblings relies heavily on.

The job Tonia had painted seemed like a salvation boat away from this shackles and gaol of poverty.
What do i do?

The next week, I was on a dinghy boat to Libya and that was how my journey to slavery began.

 

About the Author

Omokri .B. Ejiro is a poet and an English and literature student in the University of Benin, Ugbowo. And is often called by her pen name Jumoke, She writes plays and short stories in episodic forms. Some of her unpublished works include Diary of an African girl.

World Anti slavery day

World Anti Slavery day is held on the 18th of October world wide and founded by the Anti-Slavery International

Anti-Slavery International is an international nongovernmental organization, registered Charity and a lobby group, based in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1839, it is the world’s oldest international human rights organization. It works exclusively against slavery and related abuses.

Motto: Today’s fight for tomorrow’s freedom

Director: Jasmine O’Connor.

 

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