My latest documentary for the German TV channel ZDF looks at the EU cooperation with Libya. So far, the EU has spent 506 million euros to Libya, of which 87 million alone to support the so-called Libyan coast guard. Is Europe therefore responsible for human rights violations in Libya?
Selected at ::Prix Europa:: as Best European TV Investigation of the Year 2020
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- The Ship That Stopped 7,000 Migrants, and Smuggled 700,000 Cigarettes :: The New York Times
- As war drags on, troubles mount for Libya’s Coast Guard and migrant detention centres :: The New Humanitarian
- Anxiety and uncertainty as UN refugee agency halts work at Libya facility :: The New Humanitarian
- UN tells migrants to leave Libya transit centre as $6m project flounders :: The New Humanitarian
- Driven to suicide in Tunisia’s UNHCR refugee shelter :: Aljazeera
- ‘Tragic and absurd’: Sudanese refugees detained in Niger :: Aljazeera
- How Niger became Europe’s invisible new border :: RTE
- In pictures: Sudanese families find refuge in an abandoned Libyan warehouse :: middleeasteye
I have collaborated with the New York Times on this investigations on dire conditions in Libyan detention centers. Using visual clues such as the distinct gate, reference photos and satellite imagery, we were able to confirm that a military vehicle was inside the weapons depot.
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“We left Libya in a rubber dinghy in the night. We were rescued by the Libyan coast guard. We called the Italian authorities and they sent the Libyans to bring us back. While we were sailing we had a problem with our dingy, it was very hot and the dinghy was deflating. Also at one point the engine stopped. On the boat there were a lot of children and pregnant women. Families. We struggled to survive. We were in the water next to dead bodies. Europe should know what we are going through: we cannot stay in Libya. It’s very dangerous for us. “
Many of the survivors are mourning the loss of their relatives. On top of the dangers faced during the journey through Libya, they have experienced another very traumatic situation at sea. Instead of receiving the support they need, refugees and migrants are arrested and detained in deplorable living conditions, without basic safeguards or legal recourse.