M., Age: 20, Ivory Coast.

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29 September 2017

I spent my last 4 months in Libya in a collection center close to Tripoli and not too far from the sea. We were about 500 people in the center. Rumor held that they weren’t going to let us depart until the center reached its full capacity. The Libyans would come every night and take one or two prisoners. Sometimes, the prisoners were taken and subjected to forced labor. Other times, they were forced to go steal. Yet, most of the times, the prisoners were sold and taken to another prison. I saw many people go who never came back. They came to take my friend on the day of our departure. He was terrified of going back to prison and resisted. The Libyans threatened to kill him and so he ran for it. They killed him with two shots to the head as he was running. They killed him the day of our departure; he had almost made it. We all witnessed the scene. Then they forced us to move the body and board the boat.

This testimony was gathered at the Pozzallo Hotspot on the 29th of September 2017

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