The loss of precious lives in the Greece boat sinking tragedy is a major tragedy. But what is the real cause of such tragedies and what are the factors behind them? It is very important to shed light on them. The current tragedy has left countless people sad. Some children have lost their father’s compassion, and some mothers have lost their tender livers. There is a line of mourning in about seven hundred families including Azad Kashmir. Even before Eid -Ul-Adha, the sacrifice of these helpless and forced people began. Let us review the details of some of the people whose lives were destroyed in this tragedy.
The population of Union Council Bundli of Khoi Ratta Tehsil of Kotli District of Azad Kashmir is around 10 thousand. This small beautiful village is located between the mountains at a distance of 32 km from Kotli city. Every household in this village has some person living abroad due to which the people there are living a prosperous life. Until a few years ago, people there preferred farming and hard labor, but then the youth decided to go abroad, so they started going to Europe and other countries legally and illegally.
A lottery of human smugglers came out there, they camped and some people tried to go to Italy and other countries through the dangerous sea route, some people who went via this way were living a happy life in their hometowns. According to a report, around 700 people of this Union Council have gone to Italy in a few years. While hundreds of people from Kotli and other areas of Azad Kashmir have either lost their lives on this journey or are imprisoned in the jails of different countries.
According to the initial report of the recent Yunan boat tragedy, more than two dozen youths of this village have lost their lives. According to Poonch Division Commissioner Chaudhary Shaukat Ali, 40 to 50 people belong to different areas of the Kotli district on this boat. While Deputy Commissioner Kotli has released a preliminary list of 27 persons, who are believed to have been on board the same boat.
The migrant ship was buried in the ‘watery grave’ of the Mediterranean Sea in the southern Greek region of Pelos, more than half of the 750 Pakistanis on board were Pakistanis who were kept at the bottom of the ship. Among the 104 people rescued by the Greek Coast Guard, 12 are Pakistani nationals. Now how did this accident happen? Was it the Coast Guard’s fault or were there more people on board than expected? It will take time. The question is, what are the reasons that such a large number of young people were forced to migrate abroad?
Talking about Azad Kashmir, its population is between 42 to 45 lakh, out of which 7 lakh people are living abroad legally and almost the same number of people are living abroad illegally, while three to four lakh people are employed in government and private departments or are involved in various businesses. In addition to this, there are a large number of retired people from the army and other government institutions who receive pensions, so if you look at it, almost half of the population is employed. Then what is the reason that our young people take the risk of going abroad illegally?
The nationalists are usually using this tragedy as propaganda and are busy spreading propaganda against the state, although a large number of those who go abroad are also brainwashed by the same nationalists sitting abroad and lure them to somehow reach Europe.
According to the Missing Migrants report of the International Organization for Refugees (IOM), a total of 220 people have either disappeared or died in the Central Mediterranean this year. Most of them were migrants. Last year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said it had recorded 540 cases of informal returns from Greece and interviewed thousands of people who had been pushed back.
It is filled in the minds of our youth that you will be able to develop by going abroad. The question is whether those who go abroad really lead a life of prosperity. However, according to the report, these young people pay 20 to 25 million rupees to the agents for the journey of death. If it is shown that they have handed over this amount to the agents and endured two or three months of hard work, they could have done good business in their area with less money and hard work, but greed, greed and the race to get rich overnight made people Blindfolded.
Speaking to the BBC about how this trip to Europe is, Hassan Zaidi says that he has been researching illegal immigrants and human trafficking for the past ten years. He made a documentary about the problems faced by migrants, for which he traveled by road through eight countries through which these people enter Europe. He says they think that they will make a good living in Europe. Difficulties will be removed. May their lifestyle be good but I saw that most of the people who came to Europe with dreams did not come true, so their situation was very bad.
He said, “People used to enter Europe from the Hungarian-Serbian border, but now there is a fence, so now the new route is through Libya, where people try to go. If paid more money, the agents will arrange visas to Libya and arrange illegal travel beyond,”.
The living conditions of migrants in these countries are very bad before entering Europe. NGOs give them food items. Since they are illegal in these countries, they have no rights. You will find it there in the forest. They are sitting in tents under bridges or in parking lots. They can not go to cities because the police catch them.
According to him, these people risk their lives to enter Europe from Pakistan. They travel like sheep. With no food, they risk their lives to avoid firing by the border police at the border. 90 percent of the people would not come this way if they had another chance. They have come on loan or by selling their mother’s jewelry.
Hasaan said, “People who were caught by border forces are subjected to physical violence. I saw the forces on the Hungarian border release trained dogs on people. Many people are wounded and run back. The body parts of the migrants who tried to cross the border in the cold were so damaged that they had to be amputated. People who die with stings are dumped somewhere in the forest because they can not take the risk of taking the body with them. There is also another danger. Many Pakistanis were also kidnapped in Turkey where their videos were made and sent to their families to send money,”.
The mother of the son who was involved in such an accident said, “If someone asks me, I will say don’t go. Stay hungry in Pakistan. I have lost my son in his passion. My son left. My heart is so scared that I say no one should even go on the plane. Eat half the bread. Look, I am crying now,”.