Escalating conflict and insecurity in Libya are leading thousands of people to flee, taking their chances on unseaworthy boats across the Mediterranean.
From hell to limbo
Over 600,000 migrants have crossed Libyan borders since the beginning of the war. If many have already been repatriated to their country of origin, thousands are still stranded and continue to arrive in transit facilities in Tunisia, Egypt, Italy or Niger. In Shousha camp in Tunisia, some 4,000 people -- mainly sub-Saharan Africans -- cannot be repatriated, primarily due to the dangerous situations in their country of origin. In the meantime, 18,000 people have landed on Italian shores, risking their lives in overcrowded, unseaworthy boats to flee the war.