Migrants Denied Entry to Europe Face Torture, Rape, Death in Libya

Operation Sophia

FILE - In this Saturday June 25, 2016 file photo, a woman looks out of the porthole from aboard the 'Aquarius' rescue vessel after arriving in Sicily, Italy with more than 600 migrants aboard the ship rescued by SOS Mediterranee and the medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). By trying to prevent migrants from taking the dangerous sea journey across the Mediterranean, they are dooming them to prolonged abuse in Libya at the hands of authorities and the country’s many militias, rights groups warn. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen, File)


The young Liberian man went through hell, but when he reached Libya he hoped that there he’d be able to make a living and get an education. Instead, he entered another hell of imprisonment, then near death at sea.

The ordeal of Laye Donzo is a cautionary story for the tens of thousands of Africans each year who take the migrant road to Libya, seeing it as the gateway to life and prosperity in Europe. Instead, for many the war-torn country has meant only torture, imprisonment, rape or death.

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