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21/06/2022

Libya: MSF calls for evacuation of most vulnerable migrants to safe countries

Safe countries have a duty to facilitate the evacuation of these victims of violence and to protect them on their own soil

Yannick along the Canal de l'Ourq, in the North-Eastern part of Paris. © Augustin Le Gall
22/02/2022

Unaccompanied minors: From the streets of Cameroon to a tent in Paris

A street child in Cameroon, Yannick was kidnapped by people traffickers in 2019 and sold as a slave in Libya. He escaped and made it to Europe, where he found refuge in France and receives support from MSF. Now recognised as an unaccompanied minor, he tells us his story.

02/02/2022

Italy-Libya Agreement: Five years of EU-sponsored violence and abuse in Libya and the central Mediterranean

We urge the Italian government and EU institutions to end all direct and indirect political and material support for the system of returning migrants, refugees and asylum seekers to Libya and detaining them there.

15/11/2021

Libya: Up Close and Personal With MSF Tripoli Team

Since the early stages of the MSF Tripoli project, our Libyan colleagues have been working around the clock to ensure the smooth running of activities, despite Libya’s dynamic and highly unpredictable political and security environment.

07/10/2021

Libya: Thousands detained and many others left without medical care after five days of mass arrests

In the past three days, at least 5,000 migrants and refugees have been rounded up across Tripoli by government security forces. During the raids on their homes, many of those captured were reportedly subjected to severe physical violence, including sexual violence.

23/06/2021

Libya: Recurrent violence against refugees and migrants in Tripoli detention centres forces MSF to suspend activities

Tripoli, Libya, 22 June 2021 – Following repeated incidents of violence towards refugees and migrants held in two detention centres in the Libyan city of Tripoli, international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced today that it feels obliged to temporarily suspend its activities in Mabani and Abu Salim detention centres.

Hassan, a 17-year-old refugee from Darfur, Sudan arrived in Libya one year ago.
08/06/2020

COVID-19 lays bare failed politics of aid to help migrants stranded in Libya

Escalating armed conflict, increased indiscriminate attacks on civilians and the arrival of COVID-19 to a country with a collapsing healthcare system is creating a crisis within a crisis and could ultimately become a humanitarian catastrophe writes Sacha Petiot, Head of Mission in Libya. 

Asylum seeker dies in detention centre fire
03/03/2020

Asylum seeker dies in Libya’s detention centre fire.

2 March, 2020 – Yefren, Libya. During the night of Saturday 29 February to Sunday 1 March, a fire broke out in Dhar el Jebel detention centre, where over 500 refugees and migrants are arbitrarily detained south of Tripoli in the Nafusa Mountains in Libya. A 26 years old Eritrean man tragically lost his life as he got caught up in the flames while sleeping in one of the overcrowded cells of the detention centre.

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