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Libye. Détention. Enfermement.

Libya

Trading in suffering: detention, exploitation and abuse

In the Dahr-el-Jebel detention centre, between the towns of Zintan and Yefren, nearly 500 people, most from Eritrea and Somalia, remain locked up. October 2019. © Aurelie Baumel/MSF
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The desperate situation of thousands of people, condemned to languish in detention centres or left to survive on their own outside, trapped in an endless cycle of violence.
    • There is an urgent need for humanitarian aid to be deployed more widely and transparently to migrants and refugees in Libya.
    • The arbitrary detention of migrants and refugees must stop immediately. Shelters where they can be assured of security and assistance must be set up as a matter of urgency, while their evacuation can be organised.
    • This can only work if Europe stops sending back those who escape by sea and if safe countries provide more places to welcome survivors.

    At the end of 2017, horrific images of migrants sold as mere commodities in Libya were travelling around the world. This sparked a global outcry and pushed many leaders, in Europe, in Africa, in Libya, to promise measures to protect refugees and migrants from abuse and slavery-like conditions.  

    However, two years later, nothing has really changed. Working to assist migrants and refugees in Libya since 2017, MSF teams have been witnessing the desperate situation of thousands of people, condemned to languish in detention centres or left to survive on their own outside, trapped in an endless cycle of violence.