At least 174 Senegalese migrants have returned from Libya where they were detained whilst attempting to cross the Mediterranean.
Abdoulaye Niass, one of the peoplewho returned today, told me his situation in Libya was dire:
We were in prison. I spend almost 4 months there. We went there because we wanted to reach Europe. But they caught us at sea. Over there [in Libya], we didn’t have food. We couldn’t sleep well. They were beating us.
The operation was organised by Senegalese authorities under the supervision of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
In 2016, IOM has supported at least 1,500 migrants to voluntarily return to their countries of origin.