Migrants traveling through Libya from elsewhere in Africa en route to Europe already face terrible conditions.
“For the past few months we have seen more Libyans,” said Marco Rotunno, who monitors migrant arrivals for UNHCR in Sicily. “They mostly point to a lack of security as their reason for leaving. They talk about fighting, kidnappings, ransom and armed robberies.”
Conditions in Libya have deteriorated sharply since a 2011 uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.