Shadrack Kevin Darko, a Ghanaian who traveled through the Libyan Desert in search of greener pastures in Europe, has revealed the atrocities he witnessed on his way there.
Mr. Darko, who goes by the Facebook handle “Abrokyire y3 d3,” claims that he will not even want for his enemies to go through what he did when he chose to travel to Europe illegally in 2008.
Recounting his motivation for leaving Ghana, he claimed there was no future for him there and that he was desperate to end his family’s poverty.
‘Abrokyire y3 d3’, who is from Kwameseikrom at Drobo, claimed that he began his journey in the middle of the night and took a car to Techiman, the capital of the Techiman Municipal and Bono East Region of Ghana, before continuing to the Burkina Faso border, where all of his problems began to materialize.
He claimed that at the border, the customs officials charged each Ghanaian individual, leaving the Libyan and Nigerians to continue their travels to Niamey, the nation’s capital and largest city.
He added that they were taxed again at the Niger border and that there were checks “every two kilometers where we had to pay money or get off the bus.” If you refuse to pay or have no money, you will eventually be spanked or caned.
“Money collecting begins at the Ghana border. At the border, Nigerians do not pay anything. However, from the Niger border to Libya, we were taxed once more.
He continued, “At one point, one of the soldiers ordered me to remove my Timberland boots if I couldn’t afford to pay what they were demanding of us.
The path is used by more than 2,000 people each day, many of whom are from African nations, he claimed.
The travel from Qatrun, a village in the Murzuq District in southern Libya, to Tripoli, the capital and largest city of Libya, is as difficult as ever, he said. Qatrun is a market town at a crossroads, located 460 miles (740 km) northeast of Niamey. “They may lash you with iron road. He recalled, “They don’t even respect black people.
The Ghanaian immigrant claimed that the boat’s mechanical failure during their fateful voyage to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea was the part of his journey that made things worse.
Unfortunately, Libyan soldiers saved us, which was a bad thing because they were about to jail us up. To save our lives, we had to dive into the ocean and learn to swim. Even a Nigerian woman who was expecting was with us.
“They wouldn’t let us flee freely, so they started shooting at us, so on my first trip to Israel, I crawled my way out with the little military knowledge I had.”
Mr. Darko claimed that he had previously traveled outside of Ghana in search of better lands. He originally tried to go to Israel, where he was accepted into their army but was later expelled for lying about his age, leading to his imprisonment until he returned to Ghana.
On his way back to Ghana, he packed his bags for the trip to Europe, which provided him with the most unsettling experience of his life.
Mr. Darko claimed that he lost his Nigerian brother in the Libyan Desert due to the intense heat.
“He was my closest pal. And we were all pursuing financial gain. Too much sun had burned him, and now blood was dripping from his nose. He felt as though it had suffocated him and was unable to breathe. Despite our best efforts, he couldn’t survive. Additionally, nobody will assist you on the voyage if you are in pain.
The only person who buried him was me. There was a general feeling of exhaustion. We dug with our hands. We got the opportunity to take a break for a while because the [Muslim] drivers were praying. But in order to thoroughly bury him, I had to go back and dig further. I thought at that time that I ought to have stayed in Ghana. You will see a lot of dead individuals in the deserts, he said.
“I still see him in my dreams, and I still have nightmares. Prior to that, I had never seen a dead body, so it truly horrified me.
According to Mr. Darko, the route he took had the highest propensity to result in death, so he will never recommend it to anyone.
When asked why he posts his daily films to Facebook, he explained that it is a subtly effective approach to remind Ghanaians that their system for raising the level of living is inadequate.
He claims that the democratic system and the political agenda do not uphold the fundamental principles that will advance the lives and careers of the people who elected the politicians.
“My Facebook videos go further than that. I’m actually starting an effort to preach and inform people about what goes on there. I’ll be completely visible soon to set out my plan to dissuade folks from taking such a journey, he said.
In the meanwhile, he declared that if Ghana’s political system continues to favor the wealthy over the less well-off, he will continue to use the route for a million lifetimes.
“I won’t suggest that path to anyone, but even if I get deported a thousand times, I’ll still use it to return to Europe. In addition, I would sooner die in transit than endure suffering in Ghana. I want to succeed in life on my own terms as well. I don’t want to be someone else’s dependent,” Mr. Darko declared.
Germany is where Mr. Darko currently resides and works. He finally arrived on Lampedusa, one of the Pelagie Islands, in the Mediterranean Sea, southern Italy, before entering Europe in 2009 after three unsuccessful efforts to cross the Mediterranean Sea.