In early June, a Somali journalist was able to record a video call with Somali and Ethiopian migrants held by smugglers in Libya.
People smuggling in Africa is a major criminal operation that collects billions of euros every year from desperate people.
IOM reports that 53,912 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 14 May, with nearly 85 per cent arriving in Italy
the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) assisted 165 stranded migrants – 152 men and 13 women – to return home from Libya to Guinea (Conakry).
Almost all of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who try to cross from North Africa to Europe take the perilous route through Libya. Most journeys, and dreams, are thwarted in the Libyan oasis town of Sabha, which has become a new kind of hell for migrants.
Like tens of thousands of other Nigerians, the 26-year-old Kelvin Imasuen along with his sister, Augustina, decided to try to reach Europe crossing the desert and then the sea.