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Henry Stevens, Mabel Emmanuel & their 3-month-old son (Photo by Fridah Okutoyi/CNN)

Mabel Emmanuel and Henry Stevens found love in the unlikeliest of places – while stranded in Libya, Stephanie Busari writes for CNN.

It’s a silver lining in what is otherwise a terribly dark cloud: Mabel had been kidnapped in Libya while attempting the cross the Mediterranean Sea over to Europe.

Unable to pay her ransom, she met Henry, she said, and he bailed her out, buying her freedom.

The two fell in love, and now they have a 3-month-old son together. She told CNN:

They kidnapped me in a place called Sabha, that’s when I met my husband. He bailed me out, it was last year and we fell in love.
I found out I was pregnant in March this year and I gave birth to my baby in August. I gave birth to my baby in prison, with tears. Even though I was pregnant, they were still beating and maltreating me. But I give God the praise that I’m still alive today and I have my baby and my husband now.
With so many others still stranded in Libya, the Federal Government has said it’s working hard to bring Nigerians back.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, told CNN that with the public outcry, the Federal Government is working at a faster pace to bring nationals back. She said:
With the outcry, they are going at a faster pace. As the week goes by, the number of planes will increase.
There are stranded African migrants in detention centers outside Tripoli because those prisons are manned by rebels, we can’t get there. It’s important that the African Union and European Union instructs them to open up all detention centers so every African there can come back home.
Read the full story on CNN.
Photo Credit: Fridah Okutoyi/CNN

2 Comments

  1. NOT SO PLEASED

    December 8, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I wish I could be thrilled by this but I am not.
    I used to live with a couple who returned from Libya in the earlier 2001.
    They had met like these ones and returned with a child as well.
    They had terrible stories to tell about their journey but everyone gave them that second chance at life.

    The sad part is they never really stopped being dubious. They seemed so hardened that crime was not a big deal to them. They continued as yahoo yahoo couple. They lived off you for as long as you permitted them. The husband severally cheated on his wife to the knowledge of everyone. they were manipulative and never settled to a normal life. they continued to explore every get rich fast opportunity.They just never tried to find another job or live right. At the end of the day the husband still went back to Libya or so to make another attempt.

    In my opinion I think the set of people who tow this path are people who are just hell bent on living in Europe no matter what opportunity you offer them here or what stories you tell them. we have all known these stories since early 2000s even before the slavery gist. We all heard how the sponsors only deceived them into forced prostitution, how come people still venture into it?

    I understand Nigeria is bad but truth be told, if you are hardworking you will survive. I recall when life threw me its sword and I lost all I hard, Even though I used to earn over a hundred thousand naira before the incident I was willing to take twenty thousand naira employment. I started from the scratch and today in less than years i earn well over half a million in salary monthly.

    You may say its because I am educated, but why are they not? now even if you missed that opportunity and you have grown up to see life as it is why try make right choices? correct the initial error, learn a trade, find your talent, start small, be consistent, live right by good standard, live within your means and keep praying for a better future?

    I know i deviated a little but truth be told, I really hope that this couple will be reoriented rather than be seen as any star worthy of SM sensation. Reorientation them, help them find their feet and then mentor them aright. otherwise they will go the way of G&F (the couple i mentioned above.)

  2. Uchechi

    December 8, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Well spoken, I hope they tread on the right path.

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