In Pictures: The Libyan Hell Where Migrants Are Kept After Failing To Reach Europe

Published September 5th, 2017 - 12:11 GMT
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says that the detainment is causing unnecessary harm to migrants, reporting that "detainees are stripped of any human dignity". (Guillaume Binet)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says that the detainment is causing unnecessary harm to migrants, reporting that "detainees are stripped of any human dignity". (Guillaume Binet)

With civil war still raging in Libya, and Europe becoming increasingly reluctant to accept more refugees, thousands of people have found themselves stuck in hellish detention centers without proper medical care or access to diplomatic assistance. 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says that the detainment is causing unnecessary harm to migrants, reporting that "detainees are stripped of any human dignity".

The organisation also notes that due to the lack of any real authority in Libya, no record-keeping is in place which means that it is very difficult to track those who do arrive into the detention centers. 

For some, the perilous journey to reach Europe ends in what can only be described as hell. 


Refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers detained in Abu Salim detention centre, Tripoli

 

Detainees with suspected HIV, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases are separated in a cell in Trig Al Matar detention centre.

 

Men detained in Abu Salim detention centre, Tripoli

 

Men detained in Janzour detention centre on the outskirts of Tripoli

 

A woman with burns detained at the women’s detention centre in Sorman, around 60km west of Tripoli

 

Women detained at the women’s detention centre in Sorman, around 60km west of Tripoli. In breach of international standards, male guards are in charge of women detainees.

A new group of detainees enters Abu Salim detention centre, Tripoli.

Photos by MSF photographer Guillaume Binet.

 

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