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Escape to Europe

With the war in Syria now in its fifth bloody year, huge numbers of people are internally displaced or have already fled the country. Many are heading to the safety of Europe, but getting there is a long, life-threatening journey. VICE correspondent Ahmed Shihab-Eldin follows the refugee trail from the Syrian border to Europe, meeting Syrians determined to find a better life. 

Video: Negotiating with a Syrian Refugee Smuggler

A new episode on HBO airs February 12th at 11pm EST.

Watch a Sneak Peek of Tonight’s Episode of ‘VICE’ on HBO

Our third season of VICE is currently airing Fridays on HBO, and we’ve got a sneak peek of tonight’s episode to get you excited. So far this season, we’ve investigated climate change, police militarization, and more. This week, we follow the cocaine highway from the streets of Venezuela to Caribbean drug smuggling boats to desert territories controlled by Islamic extremists until finally ending up in the noses of partiers in Europe. Then, we look at the boom in one of the world’s newest billion-dollar industries: gestational surrogacy. Check out this exclusive clip and catch the full episode tonight.

Migrant Prisons of Libya: Europe or Die (Full Length)

As Libya descends further into civil war and lawlessness, migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to journey to the country’s coast in search of smugglers to take them across the Mediterranean Sea and into Europe.

Search and rescue operations by Libya’s coast guard are restricted due to diminishing resources, and have to contend with dangerous gangs of armed traffickers.

Those rescued at sea by the coast guard are brought to detention centers, where they face deplorable conditions and are forced to remain for long periods of time. In some instances, migrants are detained by militias in unofficial prisons outside of government control.

We gain access to chilling footage from the Libyan coast guard and travels to detention centers in Libya, where we hear migrants speak of torture and serious human rights violations.