Lawless Libya: The Jumping Off Point For Migrants Heading To Europe

April 24, 2015 9:22 PM

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We've remarked in passing many times this week that Libya is a jumping-off point for migrants heading for Europe. The North African country is in chaos. It has two rival governments and many warring militias. Smugglers operate freely. Rebecca Murray is a freelance journalist. She writes for McClatchy News. She's been reporting on the region for a decade, and she joins us from Tripoli. Tell us, Rebecca Murray, is there any law and order to speak of in Libya at all at the moment?

REBECCA MURRAY: Yes. There is law and order, but it's not from a centralized government. It's more, like, from ruling militias in various areas of Libya.

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