“They have no idea what they might face, what to do in a challenging situation, and many of them don’t even speak Amharic, let alone English or Arabic. Most of them speak other Ethiopian languages [Tigrigna], which puts them at a distinct disadvantage.”
[Stories of Origin] Failed migrations and the community approach
In the concluding part of our four-part series, we look at the psychological impact of failed migration and the new regulation on which Ethiopia hedges its bets.
Jan 1 2018
The writer is the Associate Editor and Director of Projects at Migrant-Rights.org.
A young girl, no more than 15, clutches her passport and stands in line at the immigration counter. Her boarding pass says Jeddah. As soon as she clears immigration, an older male and female companions snatch the documents away from her. She doesn’t look surprised. Her shoulders stoop under the weight of the airbag that holds all her worldly possessions. The three then join a slightly larger group of women in the waiting area of the departure terminal.
It’s a narrative without borders. Migration is a means to an economic end. It is also seen as a protection, to escape domestic violence, poverty and prostitution. It’s symptomatic of what happens to girls in patriarchal societies.
- They feel they should pretend to be Muslims if they are not, so change their names to reflect a new persona.”
https://www.migrant-rights.org/2018/01/ ... -conclude/