TRS together with Horn Cable television, held a talk show on tahriib and its effects on the community. The talk show brought together three panellists: an author called Mohamed Hussein Geeldon who wrote a book called We Almost Kissed The Ground on his attempted journey to Europe and decision to go back to Somalia from Libya and his current advocacy against tahriib. a poet whose inspiration is drawn from tahriib and its effects on the society and a teacher who talked of the impact of tahriib in the local community.
The television station also interviewed a local smuggler anonymously. The smuggler talks of how he started the business at a young age and eventually rose up the ranks and today makes up to USD 11,000 from each boat that leave the Libyan shore. He has at least three boats that leave Libya each week. He collaborates with a number of smugglers in Africa and these connections have made him famous and wealthy. In the interview he admits that the boats are not seaworthy and will most likely not reach Europe and he can only hope that the people trafficked reach their destination one way or the other.
Watch the discussion