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Hans Lucht

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270718

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270718.001.0001

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The Maghreb Connection

The Maghreb Connection

Libya and a Desert to Cross

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Darkness before Daybreak

Hans Lucht

University of California Press

This chapter deals with the lesser-known, though equally deadly, part of the migrant journey to Europe—the dangerous route across the Sahara Desert. The risky trip from Agadez in Niger, across the Sahara Desert to the border towns of Libya, is feared by most migrants. However, little is known about the crossing of the Sahara Desert because no systematic research has been conducted. This part of the journey “doubles the risk” of suffering and death; in fact, this land route to Libya “is considered the most dangerous and deadly … that migrants can take.” Consequently, the testimonies of migrants crossing the Sahara are full of death and suffering. The chapter explores four cases that reveal the organization and challenges of the first leg of the long voyage to Europe via Libya.

Keywords:   African migrants, illegal migrants, Sahara Desert, Libya

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