One returnee from Libya said “They arrested us, beat us up and detained us for several months. It’s been almost a month since I last took my bath, parts of my body are rotten and decaying.”
The returnees in an interview with Joynews spoke about the harsh and inhumane treatment they were subjected to during their stay.
Most of the said they were captured on the sea while trying to get to Italy under the guise that they were assigned by the United Nations (UN).
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“They arrested us, beat us up and detained us for several months. I had been in prison for 6 months after which I was told we would be deported only for us to be transported somewhere else. It’s been almost a month since I last took my bath, parts of my body are rotten and decaying. They sold us and beat us. It’s the job the blacks there do, they can sell us for as low as $3,000, the people who died are much more than those who survived”, one migrant revealed.
Another said; "I’ve been really tortured, I have been hardened by this experience, before now, all I had seen was a toy gun. In Libya, I saw people shooting some of my colleagues in the foot, others were using knives, I was cut by someone with a knife while trying to flee one time, its left huge scars on my skin."
Another person also narrated that they were only served a loaf of bread every morning leading to starvation.
“We were starved, we were each given a loaf of bread every morning, given some salt water in the afternoon to drink and nothing else till the next day,” a third detainee recounted.
A total of 127 Ghanaian detainees returned to Ghana on Wednesday (November 29, 2017) night following revelations of human auctioning and trade by fellow blacks in Libya.
The returnees included a woman, a physically challenged man, and 2 children.
The government paid about 400 cedis per person for their transportation back home. Chilling stories of dehumanizing treatment ranged from robbery to murder.