Updated: March 8, 2021
Two African migrants have been discovered hidden inside bed mattresses strapped to a van in a desperate bid to reach Europe.
Both young Africans were discovered alive and did not need medical help, local newspapers reported.
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Why it matters: After hundreds of years of brutal slave trade by Europeans and Americans that devastated Africa, followed by exploitative colonialism and neo-colonialism by the West, as well as corruption by African leaders, many young Africans who have been condemned to a life of squalor and hopelessness often embark on life-threatening journeys at sea or Sahara Desert to reach Europe for greener pastures.
Spanish senator Jon Inarritu who shared the footage on Twitter said “As long as there are no safe routes to request asylum, situations like this will continue to occur in the southern border of Europe.”
The shocking footage showed border officers slashing open plastic-wrapped beds strapped to a white vehicle at a check-point near Melilla on the north African coast and Morocco.
One man, dressed in a black and white T-shirt with black jeans, is seen emerging looking dazed.
The second man, in a blue Reebok T-shirt, then comes out of a second mattress before walking around the corner and sitting down.