This was a fascinating read.
The world of Gao, Africa is so much different than ours—while at the same time—there’s something very familiar about it.
Since moving to Italy, I’ve met many men who have taken this journey or the many other routes that are dangerous and often illegal. All the trouble, all the pain, all their life, poured into what ends-up being a false reality that is being sold to them in the place they’ve come from.
I think the biggest and most important insight that can be gained from this news article—other than the fact that there are entire economies dependent on human trafficking—is the fact that there is a lot of shame in returning home for these young men (and sometimes women). Their family has given-up so much, so returning empty handed is the ultimate failure. Like it said in the article, even to the point of mental breakdown!
When we appoach the problem of human trafficking, it is very important to read stroies like this. To gain a fuller understanding of all the factors and dynamics that fuel the problem. Most anti-trafficking organizations have oversimplified the issue for the sake of fundraising and awareness, which is a whole other topic itself. As Christians, we must take the extra effort and go the extra mile to fully understand what’s going on, so we can support, pray, and create solutions that fit the complexity that is human trafficking.
Read more about Mali’s human-trafficking underworld in Gao.