MC Swat rapped against Gaddafi and railed against extremists – until the polarisation of the Libya conflict persuaded him it was too dangerous to stay
The boat that pulled away from the shore near Tripoli one night in July was different from the usual vessels that leave Libya packed with as much human cargo as the smugglers can fit in. It was a proper boat, not one of the flimsy, dangerously overloaded dinghies that so often capsize in the Mediterranean. From the smuggler who steered, Kalashnikov slung across his back, to the 17 passengers, all on board the boat were Libyan. Those who risk this crossing to Europe are typically from sub-Saharan Africa. Some come from countries like Bangladesh. Until recently, however, Libyans were a rarity.
One caused a particular stir when he hoisted himself into the boat. “Wow, Libya is so messed up even MC Swat is leaving,” quipped another passenger, as all onboard began to recognise one of the country’s best known rappers.
It’s difficult, and there is so much uncertainty about my future in Europe – but it is still better than being in Libya