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Pope urges international community to intervene in Libya’s migrant crisis

18:32, 24 October 2021
Pope urges international community to intervene in Libya’s migrant crisis

Pope Francis has also compared Libyan detention centers to concentration camps.

On Sunday Pope Francis called on the international community not to send migrants back to Libya whose living conditions are similar to those of concentration camps. The speech was delivered after morning prayer at St Peter’s square in the Vatican.

“I express proximity to thousands of migrants, refugees, and others who need protection in Libya. I never forget you, I hear your cries and I pray for you,” the Pope said following the angelus.

Francis, 84, has appealed to the international community to keep its promises and search for concrete and durable solutions to fight the crisis in the Mediterranean region.

"Many of these men, women, and children face inhumane violence."

According to the Catholic Church leader, governments should focus on saving migrants traveling by sea and establish alternatives to prison. He has also stressed that asylum-seeking procedures should be improved, as well as the living conditions of claimants.

The appeal comes shortly after the Italian justice opened an investigation against former Minister of Internal Affairs Matteo Salvini charged with kidnapping for refusing to allow a migrant ship to arrive in the country in 2019.

According to the UN data, in the first half of 2021 twice as many people died on their seaways to Europe as it was in the similar period of 2020.