Ermias Ghermay is the name of the Ethiopian man who runs the human trafficking from the Libyan coast to the Italian ones. To provide the identikit was a Sky News’ reporter, Alex Crawford, who in collaboration with the cameraman Garwen McLuckie, the director and producer Toby Sculthorp Mike Mawhinney, retraced the steps of the man considered “the most wanted” one in the branch.
The reporter said she witnessed the abuses against migrants, who are beaten, humiliated and exploited by “all those with whom they came across in their attempt to get to Europe.” Crawford reported that the Italian police are employing the same techniques used against the godfathers of “cosa nostra”, managing to eavesdrop on phone calls between Ghermay and his lieutenants.
Among these there would be some conversations that would connect the man to the sinking of a ship on Oct. 3, 2013 off the coast of Lampedusa. The boat carrying 500 people sank in the Mediterranean, killing 368 migrants.
In the telephone exchange between the Ethiopian and one of his assistants, you can hear Ghermay defining the tragedy at sea as a “a minor problem in their human trafficking”. To Sky News the exasperated mayor of the coastal town where boats set out, told to know who are the people involved in the trafficking of migrants but claimed that he does not have the means to fight them. This is a confirmation of the fact that Libya’s post-Gaddafi is now a country at the mercy of criminals and terrorists, divided between the government in Tripoli to the west and the east of Tobruk officially recognized by the international community. In this space, because of the lack of unity, jihadists and extremist groups find fertile ground and now they have increasingly taken possession of the Libyan territories.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo