Social media have reported an outbreak of Ebola in a Libyan city which was the exit point for 90,000 migrants arriving in Italy in 2017, many of whom presumably went further north to Germany, Austria and Sweden.
The Libyan city lies on a major migrant corridor through central Africa to Italy and also on direct route from the sub Saharan country of DR Congo where nine Ebola outbreaks have occurred.
“At least half of the 180,000 migrants who arrived in Italy via Libya last year passed through Sabha. “The majority of west African migrants come through Agadez in Niger, then through Qatroun. And the east Africans come up from the border with Chad,” explains Ashraf Hassan, at the UN’s International Organisation for Migration. Then through people-smugglers migrants negotiate further passage north – or not, if the slavery allegations are true.”