Pope denounces “torture, slavery” in Libyan migrant camps – Middle East Monitor

Pope denounces “torture, slavery” in Libyan migrant camps – Middle East Monitor

Pope Francis called for the closing of migrant detention camps in Libya on Thursday, saying they were rife with torture and slavery, Reuters reports.

Francis, who has made defence of migrants and refugees a key part of his pontificate, made his comments in to a group of refugees, including women and children, brought to Italy by the Vatican from a transit camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

“How can we fail to hear the cry of so many brothers and sisters who prefer to face a tempestuous sea rather than die slowly in Libyan detention camps, places of torture and ignoble slavery?” he said.

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