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Europe-bound Nigerian Couple Travelling Through Desert Shares Painful Experiences Of Forced Prostitution, Abuse In Libya

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A Nigerian couple heading to Europe, Mark and Halima William have shared their ugly experiences of separation and struggling after being detained and compelled into prostitution respectively by ruthless smugglers in Libya. 

The couple who wished to make use of the North African nation as a hyperlink from Nigeria to Europe have a protected home supported by the United Nations and the medical charity Medecines Sans Frontieres (MSF) also called Medical doctors With out Borders, to thank for his or her security and reunion, Reuters studies. 



Migrants proceed to undergo unimaginable crimes in Libya, in response to the UN. 

The variety of individuals making an attempt to cross by means of the African nation to Europe has grown this yr because the UN migration company, Worldwide Group for Migration revealed that there are greater than 500,000 registered migrants in Libya, lots of whom discover themselves on the mercy of human smugglers.

In response to Reuters, the 23-year-old Halima who crossed the desert from Nigeria to Libya within the hope of finally reaching Europe, was compelled into prostitution, whereas her husband Mark, 27, additionally confronted detention and abuse. Lastly, every of them was in a position to escape and discover refuge in a uncommon protected home.

The 2 had been later reunited by mere likelihood on the protected home within the city of Bani Walid, the place they’ve been staying in the intervening time. Whereas they’re nonetheless traumatised by the inhumane remedy, they by no means quit on attending to their vacation spot which is Italy.

The couple’s story is one in every of many circumstances of the dangers going through migrants who’re planning to succeed in Europe however who as a substitute find yourself trapped in a rustic which stays chaotic and violent. 

Mark left Nigeria first in 2016 and was smuggled into Libya throughout the desert border in a automobile. When he obtained to Bani Walid, 180 kilometers south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, he was detained by armed males and held for seven months for ransom. 

He finally paid them and located work in Bani Walid as a builder, planning his reunion with Halima by telephone to journey onwards.

Halima then got here to Libya in 2018, utilizing the identical route as Mark. When she reached Tripoli she was bought into prostitution. And not using a Libyan telephone, she couldn’t contact Mark.

After 4 months Halima managed to flee and attain the protected home, which is supported by the United Nations and the medical charity, MSF. The shelter supplies meals and medical care, and is funded by donations from locals. It has been in operation since 2015 and presently hosts 12 migrants.

Halima felt overjoyed when she discovered that her husband was already there: “I hug him and kiss him and begin crying. He was crying too,” she informed Reuters.

The founding father of the protected home, Al-Hussein Bin Gharsa, mentioned he wished to indicate the true, kindly nature of Libyans and of the residents of Bani Walid: “This can be a metropolis of generosity and hospitality.”

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