Libyan militants have captured and detained hundreds of illegal immigrants attempting to make the crossing into Europe. Local officials said the immigrants, mostly from Ethiopia and Eritrea, were hidden in boxes inside a vehicle. Instability in post-Gaddafi Libya is said to have encouraged human traffickers to exploit the country's lawlessness. Many migrants from sub-Saharan Africa head to North Africa to escape from desperate conditions in their own countries. Since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the number of immigrants passing through Libya has risen sharply
Source: CCTV Africa
Editor’s note: Gambian Talents Promotion has started an awareness campaign (OPERATION NO BACKWAY) to create awareness about the back way issue. So far, we did 2 radio shows during which we interviewed some of the young Gambians who went to Italy using the back way. Throughout the month of Ramadan, the Gambian Talents radio show with D J Bundukh Patas will be having panel discussions and interviews with a lot of the young people who traveled to Italy through the back way. Click on the following link to listen to our interview with 3 young Gambians as they narrate their ordeals and life stories through the desert.