Migrant Bodies Wash up on Libyan Shores

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Videos circulating on social media on Tuesday showed bodies of migrants washed up on Libya’s coastline

Well-Informed sources said that the Libyan Red Crescent has failed to respond to the relief calls to retrieve these bodies. As well as begin search’s for survivors.

The International Organisation for Immigration (IOM) designated the central Mediterranean as the deadliest known migration route in the world, with more than 17,000 recorded deaths and disappearances since 2014.

In 2021, a total of 32,425 migrants were returned to Libya, 662 died, and 891 others went missing, the IOM revealed

Libya has been suffering insecurity and chaos since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. This has made the country the preferred point of departure for migrants who want to cross to European shores.

Last month, the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or ‘Doctors Without Borders’ called for the evacuation of the most vulnerable migrants from Libya to safe countries.

“Since the start of MSF’s migration projects in Libya in 2016, we have repeatedly faced the same challenges: the impossibility of protecting migrants inside Libya, ensuring continuity of care for serious physical and mental conditions, and of rehabilitating victims of torture,” it added.

MSF called on European and North American states, among others, to offer protection to migrants currently trapped in Libya.

“A significant increase in the number of slots for resettlement to third countries of asylum should be promoted. Humanitarian evacuation and resettlement flights should be scaled up, and the relevant processes sped up, including quicker and smoother transit processes through facilities in Niger or Rwanda,” it recommended.