Migrant workers bet on ‘suicide missions’ to escape Libyan violence

April 21, 2015 8:58 PM

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MEDENINE, SOUTHERN TUNISIA // The inflatable boat they were packed into had started taking in water dangerously less than 24 hours after leaving the Libyan port town of Zuwara, recalled the young Nigerians chatting in the chilly spring sunshine in Medenine, not far from Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast.

“People were panicking. That’s when we lost hope. People were shouting out, weeping even,” said one young man from Edo state, southern Nigeria, who declined to give his name as he recounted that fateful day on March 12.

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