Refugees face death, disease, and despair in Libya's detention centers - The Libyan Report

Refugees face death, disease, and despair in Libya's detention centers

Those farther from the front lines don’t fare much better. Away from the fighting, hundreds more are locked up indefinitely in harmful detention conditions, exposed to abuse and driven to desperation. South of Tripoli in the Nafusa mountains, people in need of international protection and registered as asylum seekers or refugees with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) have been languishing in detention for months or years with virtually no assistance.

From September 2018 to May 2019, at least 22 people died in in the Zintan and Gharyan detention centers, mostly from tuberculosis. Among the dead were young men, women, and an eight-year-old child. In Zintan, some 700 people were locked in an overcrowded agricultural warehouse and 200 more were detained in a series of smaller buildings. source