Scarred by Libya abuse, migrants hope for new life in Europe

It was Mouctar Diallo’s fifth attempt to reach Europe by sea. His previous four tries had been foiled by gangs…

It was Mouctar Diallo’s fifth attempt to reach Europe by sea. His previous four tries had been foiled by gangs on speedboats who returned him to Libya where he was detained and beaten. This time, the 28-year-old from Guinea and 49 other sub-Saharan Africans were determined not to let anything stop them. “Even if the water is not good, we said ‘today we will go to Europe, or we die,’” Diallo recalled.

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