Special Report - Enslaved in Libya: One woman's extraordinary escape from Islamic State


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  • Thursday, 18 Aug 2016

The legs of Eritrean migrant Ruta Fisehaye are seen as she poses for a photograph in Catania, Italy, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

(Reuters) - On the night of June 2, 2015, gunmen blocked a highway on Libya's northern coast and stopped a white truck speeding toward Tripoli, the capital. The men trained their assault rifles on the driver. Three climbed aboard to search the cargo.

Ruta Fisehaye, a 24-year-old Eritrean, was lying on the bed of the truck's first trailer. Beside her lay 85 Eritrean men and women, one of whom was pregnant. A few dozen Egyptians hid in the second trailer. All shared one dream — to reach Europe.

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