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Claims of abuse inside Libya’s ‘horrific’ migrant camps

 

Sky News has witnessed first-hand the horrific conditions that thousands of African migrants trying to get to Europe are facing in Libyan detention centres  – and at the hands of the smuggling gangs.

Authorities say hygiene is the main problem and 200 people have to share one toilet

Authorities say hygiene is the main problem and 200 people have to share one toilet

Many claim they have been beaten and raped, and are desperate to return home. Thousands of mainly sub-Saharan Africans are incarcerated in Libya’s system of makeshift detention centres.

The Libyan authorities are under pressure from Europe to crack down on the number of migrants transiting through the country and then across the sea. Most of the people in the centres were arrested while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

Libya, a country wrecked by civil war, is having to deal with its own crises, while also having to to act as policeman for the migrant influx.

Musa, a migrant from Sudan, tells me there is never enough food in the centres. He had hoped to reach Europe so he could study political science. “People falling everyday because of hunger, you know.

We see brothers falling down, we can’t even help them. Everyday things getting worse,” he says.  Read More

 

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