WASHINGTON, JULY 2 – “Every morning, the guards would force the migrants to call their relatives back home. Four days after he arrived, Konte called his mother. As he spoke, a guard whipped him with a thick cable. She could hear his cries. ‘People have caught me,’ he recalled telling her. ‘They want $400.’
‘Where can I get such money?’ she replied. Konte could hear her weeping. ‘You have to,” he said. “These people will kill me.
The threat of death was real. Osama Quaitta, 28, a slim, muscular man from Mali, spent three months in another prison in Sabha. Several migrants in his cell died, he said, after beatings or from poor health and a lack of food’.