Amid Libya’s chaos, human traffickers have free rein

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‘Europe does not want to help us. Europe wants to stop seeing the dead. European leaders only want to shift the problem, not to solve it’ [UNICEF]

Tripoli, Libya – On February 21, the bodies of 74 migrants were found by the Libyan Red Crescent on the shore of Zawiya, a Libyan town known for being a capital of fuel smuggling and human trafficking.

A Zawiya resident said he was on the beach as Red Crescent volunteers filled dozens of body bags.

“The first thing I did on the shore was search for the rubber boat in which they left,” said the Zawiya resident, who preferred not to reveal his name for security reasons.

“It was not far from the corpses, destroyed, and the first thing I noticed was that the engine was not there. This probably means when the smugglers realised that the rubber boat was sinking, [they]…

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