Migrants’ choice: bury the straggler alive or be killed

Khadim is one of about  2,600 migrants flown back to Gambia from Libya in the past year in repatriations paid for by European countries trying to stem the flow of migrants reaching their shores.

The vast majority coming home are young men, who arrive at Banjul airport carrying at most a plastic bag with a few belongings, sometimes after spending years in Libyan detention centres. 

The dozens of men sent back this week are among the first going home since footage emerged showing migrants sold at slave markets in Libya last month. African and EU leaders agreed to an emergency plan to repatriate  thousands from Libya.