How I returned home broke after selling belongings to travel to Europe - Nigerian migrant

How I returned home broke after selling belongings to travel to Europe - Nigerian migrant

A Nigerian migrant who was previously stuck in Libya, Evans Williams, has narrated how he sold all his belongings just to get to Europe; only to return back home, broke.

In an interview with a BBC reporter, the heartbroken man disclosed that he sold everything short of his kitchen sink just to get to Europe. After selling his bed, fridge, TV, mobile phone and even spare clothes, he still had to borrow some money before he had enough to pay a smuggling gang to take him to Libya, via the Sahara.

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Legit.ng gathers that the trip cost him £750 ($1,000), and he figured that he would be able to earn money to pay his creditors when he arrived in Europe, and then return back home down the line, to set up his own business.

How i returned home broke after selling belongings to travel to Europe - Nigerian migrant

Evans William, after he returned back to Nigeria (Photo credit: Colin Freeman for BBC)

However, his plans did not turn out as he expected; and after working for the gang for six months, earning next to nothing, he boarded a boat to cross the Mediterranean. But his boat was stopped by a Libyan coastguard, and he was thrown into detention along with 140 other passengers.

Evans finally managed to return back home to Benin-City, Edo state, after being flown back by the International Organization for Migration. He was interviewed in a government-requisitioned hotel where he was staying with hundreds of other migrants.

While they find their feet, the migrants are given a few nights' hotel accommodation, and £200 in pocket money. They are also offered job training.

However, after the disappointments he’s faced, Evans reportedly doesn't even want to go back home - even though it may be the only place he'll get a bed once his pocket money runs out. Like many other migrants, he doesn’t want to be seen as a failure by his family and friends.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Nigerian migrant from Libya revealed that Libyan traffickers used migrants to test the efficacy of their weapons.

Lucky Akoluche claimed he was a student of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro. He said he made up his mind to drop out of school in search of better means of livelihood in Europe when he could no longer afford his school fees.

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Source: Legit.ng

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