It’s amazing to think that 100,000 years ago somewhere in Kenya, a woman gave birth to the strain of DNA that lives within ours, they call her Mitochondrial Eve. Our ancestors then made pilgrimage across the world spreading out to the furthest corners and taking their time to do so. Early humans and their descendants criss-crossed continents, wandering, hunting gathering, inventing, fighting, building, loving and populating their way to today. This spread of humanity was unhindered at the time, no border crossings prevented people from pursuing a new life somewhere, no authority took stand against the migrating people that were our forefathers. Not until now.
Nowadays, any travel is vigorously investigated, questioned and scrutinised to ensure the intentions align with that of the destination governence. The exigency for unwavering security on borders continues to define the livelihoods of those unfortunate enough to be born on the ‘other side’.
Yet that isn’t exactly stopping them, a Gallup poll in 2012 suggests that around 90 million people are currently planning a big shift to greener or safer grass. The same poll estimates that there are currently 232 million legal people living in a country different to their origin. The UNHCR estimates there are around 30 million displaced people in the world at the moment, with current conflicts and war likely to move even more in the coming year.
What was once as simple as beginning your trek is now a maze of visas, fees, fingerprint scans, retinal scans, immunisations, flights and background checks. That is an awful lot considering we all come from the same place to start with, don’t you think?
Source: Colors, September Issue, 2014.
Image: Huffington Post