Tortured by human traffickers, migrants are now being enslaved by “regular” militiamen. Italy’s agreement with Libya, pushed by the E.U., shows the inhumane face of a West that wants to reject migrants, no matter the costs.
Doctors for Human Rights Italy, or MEDU, an NGO of doctors for human rights, has denounced the situation in a new report. It has collected 2,000 testimonies in camps where the Libyan militias hold migrants who have been detained by the North African Coast Guard off the coast. More than 1,000 people have been arrested in recent days by Libyan Coast Guards, according to the Libya Herald website. Eight boats carrying 1,074 people were intercepted at sea near Sabratha.
In total, the Libyan forces have captured around 3,000 migrants in several operations this week, the highest volume since mid-July. This is an evident sign that the Libya-Italy route has not been closed, despite the decline in migration flows to the country. MEDU said the arrested migrants are then locked up in detention centers where they live in awful conditions, especially in Sabha, a sort of fortress in the desert in southeastern Libya.