Ten years ago Spain spent more than 30 million euros building up the barriers around Melilla and Ceuta, its two enclaves surrounded by Morocco on the northern coast of Africa, which offer the only land borders between the promise of Europe and the despair of Africa. And for a while the investment seemed to work.[my emphasis]Harsh quote ain' it?
But few had any idea of going home. “I have spent two years traveling by land from Cameroon to here, and almost two years more hiding here in the woods,” said Musa Bankura, 36. “My family has spent all their savings. I can’t go back home now with nothing.”Question: Is there anything else that this 36 year old and all the others in "despair" Africa could have done in the 4 years this fellow was trying to get to Europe? Question: What does it say about how we run things that it is preferable to be on the move for 2 years and to camp out at an embassy for another 2 than it is to create an environment where you come from that negates any such desire for such a trip? Question: Who is to blame if our countries are in such a state that people would rather effectively waste 4 years of their lives trying to get to another country? Question: Exactly what are the families who were left behind doing in "desperate" Africa?