‘I am going to die with no regrets’: Risking their lives in Mediterranean |
Aboard the Ocean Viking within the Mediterranean Sea – Since 2016, nearly 12,000 refugees and migrants have drowned within the Mediterranean whereas attempting to succeed in Europe.
Libya acts as a significant gateway for African refugees and migrants.
There are at the moment greater than 636,000 refugees and migrants in Libya, principally from neighbouring nations and sub-Saharan Africa, in line with the Worldwide Group for Migration (IOM).
These individuals are typically fleeing poverty, battle, pressured labour and different threats to their lives and wellbeing.
Many undergo abuse and extortion en route and their arrival in Libya hardly ever marks the tip of the risks they face.
“You see this,” Karim, a rescued migrant, advised Al Jazeera whereas pointing to his shoulder. “That is the place a Libyan stabbed me after I requested for cash for the work I did for him.”
He then pointed to his proper leg.
“That is the place I used to be shot whereas ready for work in Tripoli. There’s full lawlessness there. Everybody has weapons and knives. There aren’t any rights for black individuals, even somebody who has been stabbed or shot.”
Florent, from Cameroon, was one other migrant rescued from an overcrowded rubber boat in misery within the Mediterranean after he managed to flee Libya.
Names have been modified to guard identification*