A boatload of Africans who last week set sail from Sabratha in western Libya in an attempt to invade Europe, have had their hopes dashed by their extremely poor navigational skills—as after a three-day journey, they only succeeded in landing back on the Libyan coast.
Failed African invaders sit on the beach in Libya.
At least five Africans—all from Senegal—drowned in the failed attempt when, in the belief that they had sighted Italy, they jumped off the overcrowded boat and tried to swim to shore.
There is, of course, no reason for anyone to claim “refuge” from Senegal, a country located on the west coast of Africa which is not at war with anybody, and in fact is one of Africa’s more stable nations, even contributing troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone.
Nonetheless, increasing numbers of Senegalese have joined in the mass invasion of Europe, in search of the generous welfare payments which they can extract from the liberals in Europe.
The journey began only about 40 miles from where it ended, when at least 80 Africans crowded onto a small boat to set sail for Italy. Normally, the invaders do not have to travel far before the European naval units patrolling the Libyan coast spot them.
They are usually then picked up and transported in comfort across the Mediterranean, where they begin their new lives living off the European taxpayers.
This time, however, whatever navigational system the invaders were using, was faulty. Instead of heading due north, they lost sight of the shoreline, and swung due east, travelling for three days in an arc around the Libyan coast.
Finally, when land was sighted, the Africans could not contain their joy. “We thought we had already arrived in Italy,” one of the survivors told AFP.
Several jumped from the boat to try and reach the sea, but, being unable to swim, drowned almost immediately. The survivors were then picked up by the Libyan Red Crescent, who treated the Africans for shock, put them up in a shelter—and removed the bodies from the beach.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 363,348 nonwhites invaded Europe over the Mediterranean Sea during 2016. The IOM claims that a further 5,000 have drowned in the attempt, but there is no way to independently verify that claim.