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Libyan coast guard detains boatload of Eritrean migrants

Saturday, June 06, 2015 - 01:15

Libyan officials detain around 150 Eritrean migrants after rescuing them off the northern African coast amid their perilous journey towards European shores. Diane Hodges reports.

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These refugees were hoping to make it Italy, where they believed they'd find jobs and security. But their dream was interrupted by a Libyan patrol boat that intercepted them 17 miles off shore. Libya is where thousands of migrants fleeing conflicts and poverty in Africa and the Middle East begin their treacherous journeys at sea in overcrowded boats in the hope of reaching European territories. Unfortunately, many end up stranded in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea without food and water when their boat breaks down. So Libyan officials have been stopping the boats, so the migrants' journey ends, not in Italy, but in a detention center. This man says he would give his life so he can go to Italy. He says he just wants a comfortable life, something he's never been able to have in his homeland. Despite the best efforts of the Libyan Coast Guard, the flow of refugees continues to increase, lured by fair weather onto the dangerously overloaded boats. However, the political chaos that has engulfed Libya since the fall of Moammar Ghaddafi has allowed human traffickers to flourish. Until the political situation stabilizes the waves of migrants are unlikely to slow.

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Libyan coast guard detains boatload of Eritrean migrants

Saturday, June 06, 2015 - 01:15