Libya… the nightmare of Africans dreaming of immigrating to Europe

Video duration 50 minutes 28 seconds

An episode of “For the Rest of the Story” program sheds light on the suffering of African migrants to Europe via Libya and what they suffer during their movement, and how they are sold by smugglers, and then how are they returned from the sea?

The Libyan city of Bani Walid is famous for being the gateway for African dreamers to immigrate to Europe, and despite the passage of more than 10 years since the revolution that toppled the regime of President Muammar Gaddafi, the city has not witnessed stability, but armed gangs and militias have flourished that exploit those wishing to migrate across the shores of Libya.

African migrants abandoned by smugglers in the streets of Bani Walid for “the rest of the story” talked about the torture they were subjected to by the smugglers, in order to pay them, and they reached the point of tying the migrants’ legs to electric wires and electrocuting them with it, in addition to torturing them and sending videos to their families from order to pay them money.

According to one of the immigrants, immigrants are used to torture each other in order to stop the torture of the victorious person.

A Nigerian smuggling intermediary spoke to “the rest of the story” about what he does during the process of transporting migrants, stressing that he guides those who come to him to the correct way to smuggle, indicating his commitment to work as soon as he receives the amount agreed upon.

“The rest of the story” was able to visit a prison in Tripoli, where there are inmates accused of human trafficking, and spoke of their denial of the charges against them, because they only transported some migrants, while the major human traffickers in Bani Walid are still at large and no one can touch them, they said.

government role

In turn, the Libyan National Unity Government confirmed that its agencies and forces are working hard to curb the phenomenon of illegal immigration, and human trafficking operations in Bani Walid in particular, and Brigade “444 Fight” carried out raids on the headquarters of smuggling gangs, and freed dozens of detainees and abductees there.

The Libyan authorities recently arrested more than 600 migrants and refugees, and broke up their sit-in in front of a former office of the High Commissioner for Refugees in Tripoli. refugees during this campaign.

International reports indicate that the number of refugees in Libya is more than 600,000, and according to a Libyan government report, 85% of the influx of migrants are run by gangs from neighboring countries and other African countries.

Commenting on the topic, Mansour Al-Hasadi, a member of the Human Rights Committee of the High Council of State in Libya, said that the migrant file is very thorny, and Libya is not a country of source or destination, but rather a transit route.

He added that the Libyan state cannot be a state to guard the European continent, and the countries of destination must work to solve the problems of the source countries in order to eliminate migration and human trafficking, noting that the large Libyan geography is an additional problem, which complicates attempts to address these matters quickly and decisively.

The role of organizations

For her part, Sarah Prestiani, the official in charge of the migration and asylum file at the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, stressed that European countries bear part of the responsibility for what happens to illegal immigrants because they have not opened legitimate ways to migrate to them, and they must take this step in order to preserve people’s lives.

She added that the organizations’ work is limited to helping the migrants they can reach and stopping the objection at sea, calling on the countries of destination to change the approach taken and identify legitimate ways to migrate in order to end people’s suffering.

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