TRIPOLI, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - Hundreds of migrants in theAin Zara detention center in Libya live in basic conditions, sleeping on outdoor mattresses after a crackdown condemned by human rights groups.
Libya is home to nearly 600,000 migrants, according to UN figures. Most are from sub-Saharan Africa, with some drawn to the prospect of working in the oil-rich country despite years of conflict and chaos, while others see it as a starting point for travel to Africa. Europe.
Over the past two weeks, authorities in Tripoli have arrested thousands of them and held them in detention centers in part of a crackdown that left several dead. learn more
Libyan guards and officials in Ain Zara say they are providing migrants with food, shelter and medical care, but migrants said many of them are running low on supplies and remain very fearful.
"We are providing assistance, medical care and humanitarian aid with beds, blankets and all necessary medical supplies, " said the director of the center. Ziad Amer detention.
More than 1,000 migrants have been brought to Ain Zara in recent days, including many children, he added.
Crouching in rows on the ground, the migrants waited to register with the United Nations refugee agency. Others were lying on thin open-air mattresses next to a bare concrete wall, some with blankets.
"The situation has become terrifying for us. Even now, even if wes are in a safe place and everything, honestly we are still very scared, "said Abdel-Alim Hassan, 24, from Eritrea. He had previously been held for months in what he was in. called "inhumane conditions ".
It is very rare for international media to have access to Libyan migrant detention centers for report on the conditions.
Another Eritrean, Mansour Hamed, said he was also ill-treated during a previous period of In Ain Zara, migrants lacked basic supplies, he said.
"There 's nothing, ", he said.
The United Nations agency for children, UNICEF, said on Tuesday that 'About 250 children, including dozens of infants, were among the thousands detained during the recent crackdown.nt face an "immediate risk " in the detention centers of Tripoli, said UNICEF.
The government of national unity of Libya said it "deals " with a complex issue in the illegal migration file, as it represents a human tragedy in addition to social, political and legal consequences at the local and international level ". Report by the press room Hfrance.fr Libya, written by Angus McDowall; Editing by Giles Elgood
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