A 24-year-old lady identified as Iyanuoluwa Akintunde has revealed what she went through in a quest for greener pasture. The Libya returnee shared her story with Legit.ng where she made some shocking revelations about the state of things in Libya.
Like every Libya returnee, Akintunde has her own story to share! Despite the fact that she is a young lady, her experiences in Libya and in the hands of her sellers may be something an older person living comfortably may never experience.
The visibly shaken lady met with correspondents of Legit.ng and revealed what she was made to go through in a foreign land. Akintunde said that being pregnant did not spare her from going through hell in Libya as she got sold even with her condition. It was hard enough being sold out but having to subject the fate of an unborn child to such conditions seemed cruel.
According to the young lady, she got arrested while trying to cross into Libya and stayed in the prison for three months. Being pregnant however helped her a bit as she and the other Nigerians in confinement got released. The Libya returnee who reached out to Legit.ng via the social media lives in Ijebu-Ode where our correspondents sought her out to hear her story.
Akintunde left Nigeria for Libya in 2009 after she lost her parents; she had been staying with her grandmother who could not really take care of her and her younger ones. Upon struggling to conclude her secondary education, her grandmother died. Taking care of her siblings became her responsibility.
The luck of the orphaned children seemed to change as an elderly man was somewhat interested in her and siblings. She and her younger brother were told to go to Abuja in order to meet him. The good Samaritan enrolled her in a computer class and things seemed to be fine until seven months after when a relative of theirs from the village called their helper to give him some information.
The man who was bedridden with sickness as at that time was told to send her back to the village as a result of some revelation they got in a church. Failure to do this meant he would suffer a grave condition. This issue according to the young lady caused a major problem for them.
Burdened by the situation on ground, the young lady was determined not to go back to the village. She left Abuja for Akure without knowing anyone there. She stayed with a few people she met in various churches for a while until one of her relatives in Sango, Ogun state called her to come to Lagos. She was told that they would be travelling out.
She got to Lagos and was moved to Kano state where they started crossing the border. On this journey according to the traumatized lady, they walked for days crossing the desert. Many people died during the transit as it was strenuous and they did not have enough food.
What seemed to be the most terrifying part of her ordeal was being sold by a Nigerian woman to another Nigerian upon getting to Libya. All these happened under the guise of her working for the person she was being sold to. She worked for about a year in order to pay off the person that sold her. She worked two jobs while there. It was while she was trying to cross to Italy that she got arrested.
The Yoruba woman she was sold to in Libya housed her for about two weeks. When it was evident the young lady could not pay her, she said that she was going to sell her off in Tripoli. Her seller also told her not to reveal to anyone that was pregnant on getting to the place where she would be delivered to.
However, she was in tears by the time she got to her destination and this prompted the buyers to ask her questions. She told them about her pregnancy and the taxi driver who dropped her off was called back to return her to the seller as they felt she would not be able to do the strenous kind of work they wanted to buy her for in her condition. The driver released her miraculously and that was how she got saved from the buyers and sellers in Libya.
Upon being released from the prison, she went to the Nigerian embassy to register so that she could be returned home. She had no one to stay with and was tired of being traded off like a piece of commodity. She told Legit.ng that she returned to Nigeria in January 2018.
In this interview with Legit.ng, the young lady cried out for help and urged well-meaning Nigerians to come to her aid and help her out of the unfortunate situation she is in. She also wants her family to be helped so that the hardship that made her Libya victim can be sorted once and for all. She considered herself lucky to have been able to return home despite all she went through.
She has learnt some skills upon returning home; however, she needs help starting off the business. She can make hair and fix nails. The capital to start off is the inhibiting factor right now, thus, the need for Nigerians to come to her aid.
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