“It was completely heartbreaking to see people caged up in the detention centres, standing behind bars. Their eyes were empty. Yet when I spoke to them, every single person had a story. There were child soldiers escaping a horrific life for a new beginning; people longing for an education or more opportunity for their family. They would say to me, “I’ve done nothing wrong – why am I in a prison?”
In Libya, MSF is providing emergency assistance and medical care to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who are caught in a cycle of violence and exploitation. We have two mobile teams working across four detention centres in Misrata, Khoms and Zliten, located to the east of Tripoli, to deliver basic healthcare to people held in centres under the authority of the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration.