A Novel Uncovers the Brutal Realities of West African Migrant Trafficking


Cowl of ‘The Human Circulation’ with an image of Jonathan Energy on it. – Picture: 2024

By Ramesh Jaura

BERLIN | 19 Could 2024 (IDN) — ‘The Human Circulation’, a novel by Jonathan Energy—a famend journalist, filmmaker, and broadcaster—presents a gripping and thought-provoking learn. Revealed by ‘ibidem Press’ in February 2024, it’s a fascinating e book about two journalists—a Tanzanian, Agnes and Jon, an Englishman.

They embark on a harmful journey to report on the trafficking of West African migrants. As they journey from Senegal and Mali via Mauritania, Morocco, Spain, France and ultimately to England, Agnes and Jon encounter heart-wrenching tales of hardship and loss.

However their very own lives are additionally in danger: Agnes is kidnapped by traffickers and Jon units out to rescue her. Alongside the best way, they meet Ana, a journalist from Spain. A daring romance develops involving the three of them. Their journey takes them to the slums of Paris and London, the place they encourage the BBC to movie their story.

However their quest for fact comes at a excessive worth, as they’re captured by a guerrilla motion in Morocco and finally meet a disastrous finish in Libya—which underlines the brutal actuality.

This fast-paced and gripping story sheds gentle on the cruel realities of trafficking and the bravery of journalists who threat every thing to uncover the reality. Full of hazards, pleasure, and humanity, Jonathan Energy’s novel reveals the merciless actuality on the bottom.

The United Nations Migration Company (IOM) reported on 22 March 2024 that the our bodies of at the least 65 folks had been found in a mass grave in southwest Libya.

IOM famous that the circumstances of the folks’s deaths and nationalities have been unknown “however it’s believed that they died within the means of being smuggled via the desert”.

The company confused that whereas Libyan authorities had launched an investigation into the deaths, it is crucial for them to “guarantee a dignified restoration, identification and switch of the stays of the deceased migrants”, and notify and help their households.

Concerning the novelist

Jonathan Energy is finest identified for his weekly column and commentary on international affairs that appeared within the Worldwide Herald Tribune (now The New York Instances) for 17 years. He’s additionally the creator of eight books on international affairs, together with “Like Water on Stone: The Story of Amnesty Worldwide”, printed by Penguin.

Earlier than incomes his Grasp’s diploma on the College of Wisconsin, Energy labored in Tanzania, advising peasant farmers whereas residing in an area village. He later joined the workers of Martin Luther King, residing within the West Facet ghetto, working with Jesse Jackson within the “Finish the Slums” marketing campaign in Chicago. He was the primary journalist to report at size in English on the trafficking of African migrants throughout the Sahara and into France. [IDN-InDepthNews]

Picture: Cowl of ‘The Human Circulation’ with an image of Jonathan Energy on it.

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