The rate at which African youth travel out of the continent to Europe, in particular, is worrying; over the years, many youths have embarked on deadly trips on the Mediterranean and the deserts headed to Western and other countries in search of greener pastures.
On several occasions, many of these trips result in numerous deaths. Some also sustain grievous injuries with others suffering from all kinds of brutal treatments including rape and physical assaults.
In a recent development, at least 40 migrants were reported to have drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia in attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Italy.
To help resolve these occurrences, retired Ivorian footballer and philanthropist, Didier Yves Drogba is calling on African leaders to develop their countries to help prevent the youth from leaving the continent to Europe and other places.
Drogba told reporter Yannick Djanhoun in an interview that “it is up to our leaders to see what is at stake and to get to work on the essential pillars of development, which are health and education. Of course, I am not an economist, but I think that a simultaneous evolution of the main sectors can be done.”
The African footballer of the year winner added that “My hope for African countries for the next five years, or even ten or twenty years, is that we can have a stable Africa, with less and less conflict, which will allow the population of a continent that is very young to take its destiny in hand and avoid fleeing to the West, with the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea which costs lives.”
The mass exodus by the youth, who are the major building blocks of the continent is informed by the various, challenges they face in their countries. African leaders in general have over the years faced criticisms for gross incompetence and failure to successfully make good use of the numerous resources to make life better for their citizens.