Imagine calling your loved one and beginning the phone call with, “i’m being held against my will and won’t be freed unless you send $80,00”. Heartbreaking? Outrageous? Unbelievable? Yeah.
A few days ago, a heartbreaking video appeared on my timeline. At first, thoughts like “is this real” crossed my mind. But as i watched the disturbing video, it became more apparent that these acts of violence were indeed occurring and not in my backyard but hundreds of thousands of miles away. This could very well be happening in our own backyard. So, why does it matter?
While this is devastating, what is equally devastating is the lack of outrage from the international community. Tahriib as it is known is not uncommon. In fact, it is just resurfacing. Hundreds have fell victim to this form of migration. What distinguishes this pilgrimage from others is that it comes with aprice tag and not the kind you get while purchasing a ticket, but one worth a life.
For those wondering why anyone would go on such journey, it comes down to one thing: the pursuit of happiness, liberty and opportunities.
These are the same individuals escaping poverty and one of the worst recorded humanitarian crises. They aren’t fleeing for fun, but rather to help their families.
What’s upsetting is the the lack of discussion in mainstream media. As well as the absence of this topic in western news. The only people talking about tahriib are somalis and to our knowledge the only websites reporting on this devastating phenomena would be BBC Somalia and posts on Facebook.
There is no doubt that change can occur- a life can be saved. But, we must act quick and continue the conversation. We want to encourage action.
- Join us and use the hashtag #TalkTahriib to bring the dialogue to all social media platforms
- Once you’ve done that, we want to encourage you to tweet and write a letter to your local political leader and ask them to join the dialogue and demand action from their governments.
- This affects us all. Please keep in mind that we are observing Ramadan- one of the holiest months, so please make dua and demand justice for your brothers and sisters.