was close to midnight on the coast of Libya, a few miles west of Tripoli.
At the water’s edge, armed Libyan smugglers pumped air into thirty-foot rubber dinghies.
“If not for Italy, I promise, there would be civil war in Nigeria,” a migrant told me.
Last year, after Nigeria’s currency collapsed, more Nigerians crossed the sea than people of any other nationality. built a series of fences in Morocco and started paying coastal African nations to keep migrants from reaching European waters.
She was despondent, and believed that she had no future.
For eight hundred years, black slaves and concubines were transported through the same remote desert villages.