How the Humble Pineapple Is Curbing Guinean Immigration to Europe
September 17, 2019
Diadie Aboubacar had an epiphany in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea as the boat taking him and other migrants to Europe was waylaid by a gang of Nigerian, Guinean and Senegalese pirates who later sold them to slave merchants. It was September 2017, two years after the young Guinean had left to find a better life in Europe via North Africa.
“I decided to return home if I survived,”
he recalls. He did survive, thanks to a chance interception at a Libyan prison by officials of the International Organization for Migration a month later. These days, the 28-year-old runs his own pineapple plantation just outside Kindia, Guinea’s fourth-largest city. Aboubacar is among a growing number ofGuineans who are part of an ambitious experimentto turn one of the world’s poorest nations into a major pineapple producer and reduce dangerous economic migration.