On 2 June 2015, a group of 86 Eritreans were being driven from Ajdabiya to Bani Walid, in Libya, along the route created by smugglers to transport migrants across the country towards the Mediterranean coast.
At 3 p.m. the convoy was attacked by Isis fighters, who control the area around Bani Walid. The jihadists let 6 Muslims go and took the remaining 80 Christians towards their compound. During the journey, some migrants managed to escape, but they were recaptured the following day. Once in the compound, Isis fighters separated men from women, pulled off the cross from the neck of those who had them tied on a necklace and asked them to convert to Islam. Six weeks later, on 10 July, a small group managed to escape after the compound was bombed from the sky and many Isis fighters had been killed.
Nine of those kidnapped Eritreans where finally rescued by the MSF Bourbon Argos on 2 September in the Mediterranean waters off the Libyan coast.