These young women look like they’re preparing for a gele tying competition, right?

Unfortunately, they’re not. These two sisters were part of the refugees rescued from an overcrowded refugee boat that capsized while on its way to Europe.

The boat carrying 368 African migrants capsized as a result of sudden movement of people towards one side of the boat. Unfortunately, 5 people drowned.

The 20 year old sisters from Benin City were rescued on their way to Europe through Libya. They were rescued by MSF Sea, an international medical humanitarian organisation aimed at providing medical care for people crossing the Mediterranean to Europe.

Even in such a hopeless situation, they still managed to find happiness. They’re proof that Nigerians are just the happiest and most resilient people on earth.

The refugee crisis is as heartbreaking as it gets. Scores of people desperate to get better lives in Europe die at sea annually. The refugee/migrant crisis ought to be addressed immediately.


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