“Libya’s ‘Masked Men’ Hunt Human Smugglers,” by Margaret Coker for Wall Street Journal:
For decades this town on Libya’s Mediterranean coast has been a hub for trafficking between Africa and Europe. One morning in late August, Zuwara awoke to a tragedy involving the local criminals’ latest cargo: humans.
That morning, 183 drowned migrants washed up on the city’s beaches. Moral outrage sparked a citywide volunteer effort to identify the victims and rescue hundreds of other people foundering at sea.
It also galvanized a group of frustrated citizens-turned-policemen who had been lobbying the town’s elite to break the smugglers’ longtime grip on the town…