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Trapped in a hell of poverty, slavery and sexual assault.

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Libya is hell on earth

Desperate refugees in Libya on a path to Europe are trapped in a hell of poverty, slavery and sexual assault. Your donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, until Sunday midday. Help end the suffering, please donate >

Posted by Amnesty International Australia on Friday, 15 December 2017

Trapped in a hell of poverty, slavery and sexual assault.

CNN’s recent expose’ showing footage of migrants being sold as slaves in Libya, where men are sold for as little as $200, is just one example of the horrors facing men, women and children travelling through Libya.

Families fleeing war and seeking safety in Europe are trapped within Libya’s lawless border due to Europe’s recent move to intentionally block this migration route into the Mediterranean.

Amnesty has just released ‘Libya’s dark web of collusion,’ a report into the terrifying reality refugees face there. These abuses often carried out by armed criminal gangs working with officials for financial gain.

We have the evidence to take leaders of EU states to international courts.

They must be held accountable for the systematic abuse of vulnerable people.

Right now, already vulnerable fathers and sons are being sold into slavery. Women and girls are being raped. Children are starving. They’re locked up.

Women and girls are targets

We have first-hand accounts from medical staff on Lampedusa in Italy, who treat the women and girls who manage to escape Libya by boat.

They told us that every woman they saw had reported being raped there. Many arrive pregnant.

The threat of sexual assault in Libya is so alarmingly high that women and their daughters now medicate themselves with horse injections as a means of contraception. This has a horrendous impact on their health for the rest of their lives.

Nobody should have to endure this much pain.

Amnesty International’s findings not only show how horrifically corrupt officials and callous smugglers have treated women, men and children. But they also shine a light on Europe’s own responsibilities.

Make no mistake, this tangled web of abuse can be stopped.

They reveal how the European Union (EU), its member states – and Italy in particular – have intentionally cut off this migration route into the Mediterranean, with little care, for the consequences faced by those trapped within Libya’s lawless border.

The best and worst of humanity

Kosta with remnants of life jackets — many fake — used by asylum seekers trying to reach safety. © AI

Amongst all the reports of torture and abuse that I’ve heard, there are also stories of incredible courage and bravery. Refugees and migrants themselves, but also members of the community, like Kosta, who we met in Greece. He’s dedicated years of his life to rescuing refugees from the sea, along with his fishing community.

We must pressure the EU to open a safe passage for the men, women and children trapped in the hell on earth that Libya has become.

Together we can;

  • Pressure European governments to end the suffering of refugees and migrants in Libya 
  • Hold those guilty of human rights abuses in Libya to account
  • Fight to end slavery, a battle Amnesty International has been involved in for over 40 years.
  • Expose lies and save lives.

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