The search for “greener pastures” made many Nigerians go to Libya, but for Loveth Ekumabo, a 25-year-old Libya returnee, it was her father’s incestuous behaviour that made her leave the country.
Blaming her father for her present predicament, Loveth explained that when she exposed what her father wanted to do to her, there was a fight and it made her run away for safety.
She put up with a friend who later introduced her to the man that helped people to Europe.
I did not have any money, I was made to swear to an oath in a shrine in Benin that I will pay back every kobo when I get to Europe. We agreed that I will pay back N200,000. I left Benin for Kano in April, 2017. From Kano we were transported in a Hilux truck through the dessert with no food and water to Agadez in Niger and from there to Tripoli in Libya.
If you want to cross from Agadez to Tripoli without money you either get raped as a girl or get beaten up as a boy. The agency can also sell you out as slaves to get their money before you are allowed to cross to Tripoli with your new owner.
It was while I was about to cross to Tripoli that four Arab men raped me continuously without stop. After which I was allowed to cross to Tripoli where I discovered that I was pregnant.
The Church where Nigerians worship in Tripoli advised me to go back to Nigeria since I cannot do any other work here now that I am pregnant.
When I called my family that I was coming back, my mother asked them to tell me to stay back and try my best to cross to Europe. But I said to myself that since she was not the one who sent me to Libya, she has no right to tell me to cross to Europe.
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