Allure of Wealth Drives Deadly Trek

Young Men in Senegal Join Migrant Wave Despite Growing Prosperity at Home

KOTHIARY, Senegal—Less than a month after mourning a neighbor killed on the 3,000-mile migrant trail to Europe, Ibrahima Ba set off on the same treacherous road.

The 27-year-old was supposed to build a future in this stable corner of rural Africa, using money sent from his father in France to raise bulls and sell diesel fuel. But in March, as chaos in Libya eased a pathway to the Mediterranean, Mr. Ba gambled he could make a better life, selling the cattle to buy a ticket along the world’s deadliest migrant route and joining the largest global migration wave since World War II.

  • Dana Garcia

    There’s a billion Africans who would like “a better life” — Europe better snap out of their liberal do-gooder delusions.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      No fair dropping the Cher on us.
      All those Africans want a better life.
      But they don’t know how.
      Even after colonialism gave them a clue they still can’t figure it out.
      If civilization first arose in Africa then why didn’t they colonize the rest of the planet?
      Why do they still have lions and elephants?
      There’s no bears in England.

      • Dana Garcia

        Cher was great in that movie. She’s hideous now of course when she’s being herself.

        Doesn’t everyone have the occasional urge to smack and demand dummies Snap Out of It?

      • andycanuck

        Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!
        Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!

      • Kathy Prendergast

        Personally I like lions and elephants and don’t think Africans’ prosperity is contingent upon them wiping them out. Africa is a big place; plenty of room for both humans and animals to co-exist, if only the humans would learn to control their own numbers. The point of the post I think is that it’s largely a myth that today’s migrants are trying to escape dire and hopeless poverty…and even if they were, that is not a reason for any country to allow them entry. Simply “wanting a better life” does not make one a refugee. Probably 99 percent of the people on this planet “want a better life”. Desire does not equal entitlement.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Africa is poor due to the world needing that configuration. Capitalism relies on there needing to be poor nations to provide cheap labour for the wealthier nations.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      Which is why nations need to be independent and never cater to any sort of order. This has nothing to do with supporting capitalism, socialism, communism, nationalism but it is about national sovereignty and how far a nation can go with that.

      • andycanuck

        What the eff is there in Africa that is imported around the world? Especially manufactured goods? And there aren’t Africans working anywhere as a low-income labour pool.

        • Kathy Prendergast

          Exactly…the sources of “cheap labour” nowadays are largely in East and South Asia, and those places’ economies are rapidly growing so probably in another decade or so they won’t be cheap anymore.

    • Frau Katze

      Africa has too many people. The birth rates are astronomical. Several Sahel countries like Niger and Mali have TFR of 6 or more (means on average each woman has six or more kids in her lifetime). Nothing can possibly help if that keeps up.

      • DVult

        We send them foreign aid. They quadruple their population, ask for increased foreign aid and also send their surplus population to us in rickety boats. In return we lower our standard of living, have less kids, pay social assistance to them once they get here and turn over big chunks of our major cities to them.

        • Frau Katze

          Yep, that’s how it works.

  • Waffle

    Good graphic. Shows that eventually all roads lead to Rome.

  • These ‘migrants’ will destroy Europe if not stopped very very soon. Turn back the boats, or prevent them from leaving African shores, or blow them up if necessary.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Bomb the boats.
      Feed the fish.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Has anyone in the media ever tried to follow them out of the refugee camps into Europe at large as they try to find a livelihood and earn their bread?

  • Minicapt

    How long can he tread water?


  • andycanuck

    And these people aren’t poverty-stricken North or Sub-Saharan Africans — they’re the equivalent of middle class because they can afford the payment to the human traffickers.

  • DMB

    Senegal is one of the African nations at risk with the Ebola virus. That’s just what Europe needs an outbreak of Ebola to help bring in more “diversity”.