One of the Nigerian migrants who recently returned from Libya, has narrated her harrowing experience while in the North African country. 25 year old Loveth Ekumabo in a chat with NAN, narrated how four Arab men raped her and now she does not know who is the father of her seven-months pregnancy. According to her, she began her journey to Europe in April after she exposed to her family members how her father had been having sex with her. She said she fled her family home in Edo state because of the trouble in her family and also to seek for greener pastures.
”After I exposed what my father wanted to do to me, fight broke out at home and I had to run away for my safety. I went to stay with my friend who introduced me 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. I saw dead people; boys being killed; girls raped to death; and people sold as slaves. The worst part is that Nigerians are among those Arabs who treat fellow Nigerians badly. 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.
Loveth said her family have asked her not to come back home empty handed.
“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,” she said.
Loveth would have to leave with keeping the pregnancy of a child whose father she doesn’t know.