Ahead of World Refugee Day, life is deteriorating in the Libyan desert city that used to be a ‘melting pot’ but has since become a hub for human trafficking
Deep in the Libyan desert at the confluence of several migration routes from sub-Saharan Africa, this oasis city of 130,000 hit the headlines earlier this year. The United Nations migration agency reported that some new arrivals at this staging post to Tripoli and the Mediterranean coast, 400 miles north, were being “sold” at modern day slave auctions.
It’s a worrying development for Sabha – always liable to become involved in the modern refugee crisis by its position – and World Refugee Day 20 June serves as a reminder of how vulnerable migrants are in places like this semi-lawless enclave, caught between tribal and political factions in post-revolution Libya.
Sabha doesn’t drive people-smuggling… it’s just the initial assembly point
Link : Sabha in the spotlight: the city where migrants are sold as slaves