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Risking Everything for Europe

Hans Lucht writes in In These Times:

Industrial fishing off the African coast ruins livelihoods and sends fishermen on a perilous journey across desert and sea.

Before setting out across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy, the Ghanaian human traffickers who had hired Samuel and his two friends to captain the boat in exchange for their passage warned them not to sail with more than 90 immigrants aboard—nor to trust the Libyan police.

But under the cover of night, when a freezer truck delivered them to the beach they realized that corrupt local cops had filled the leaky, stolen fishing boat with more than 100 sub-Saharan Africans. Samuel and his friends, fishermen from a coastal village in Ghana, were responsible for reaching European shores, alive. What were they to do now?

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