JIFORM Implores AU to Tackle Trading of Migrant as Slaves
As the world marks the International Migrants Day 2020 to recognize the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants, the African Union (AU) has been implored by the Journalists International Forum for Migration (JIFORM) to put a stop to the en-slavery of countless African women in the Middle East through the horrible Kafala System.
Kafala is a trade system in the Middle East that encourages the trading of migrants as slave workers in connivance with some countries that part with their female folks in exchange for money.
“In this illicit human trading a lot of governments, their officials, cabals and human traffickers have capitalized on the pitiable state of non-empowered citizens grasping to survive under the harsh economy to sell them into slavery and in return receive kick-backs in dollars from the slave masters.
This is contained in a statement by the President of JIFORM, Ajibola Abayomi .
“In as much we further social cohesion which is varied and unique to the living conditions of the present 272 million migrants with additional 51 million in 2010 as recorded in 2019 by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) living new lives and building new communities in every corner of the globe, the AU must not close its eyes to the agony of her citizens being sold to slavery in Qatar, Omani, Lebanon, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and others under the guise of seeking employment opportunities
“AU should muster enough political courage to engage authorities in the Middle East region to abolish the deadly work being foisted on the Africans and in alternative negotiate decent jobs with human face. It is now imperative too to pay attention to those unfavorable economic policies across Africa that are direct drivers for irregular migration to other parts of the world.” The statement reads
The statement notes that Jiform president, Ajibola added that JIFORM would continue to lead advocacy on protection of all migrants’ workers and their family members and remained committed to the United Nations vision since December 4, 2000 to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems associated with migration and refugee issues, celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.