Hundreds of migrants, mostly Africans, who do not want to return to the detention centers in the capital Tripoli, where inhumane conditions prevail, have been waiting for days in front of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) building to make their voices heard.
More than 5,000 irregular migrants were arrested in an operation carried out by local security forces on 1 October in the Gırgariş region of Tripoli, alleging “combating illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and criminal organizations”.
Wounded, sick and pregnant immigrants were left to their fate on the streets
Among the migrants living by the roadside in front of the UNHCR Libyan Office are women and children, as well as the injured, pregnant and disabled people in need of treatment. Some of these people were injured as a result of the intervention of the security forces while escaping from detention centers in poor conditions.
While dozens of immigrants were lying on the roadside with their limbs bandaged, one immigrant with an open wound on his arm was suffering helplessly in the arms of his friends.
Making statements to the AA correspondent here, the immigrants said that they were waiting for help from the international community for a safe exit from Libya.
Saying that they do not want to stay in Libya and are waiting to be sent to a third country, Eritrean immigrant Nadya Abdu said, “We do not want help, money or food from institutions. Our lives and our children’s lives are in danger. We just want to get out of Libya. We did not come here because we want to live in Libya, but in our countries. We had to come because there was a war.” said.
“They call us illegal immigrants. Even so, we are human and we have rights,” said Abdu. “We came from colonial Eritrea. Italians still exploit us in Eritrea.” said.
The Eritrean female migrant explained that armed groups used physical and psychological violence against immigrants in the detention centers in Tripoli, and that there were occasional murders, and continued as follows:
“There are women among us whose relatives are missing, whose husbands are missing. People are killed in the prison (detention centre). They say. Previously, they broke into our homes and attacked women. One of the men goes to work and buys phones, stops them on the street and steals them from them. There are those who work in the fields, they are not paid. We live in torture here.
We have been waiting here (UNHCR Libyan Office) in front of the door for days. After 5 days, they brought us water once and a biscuit made for malnutrition. We don’t want any of these. We just want to be evacuated from Libya.”
Doors closed in the face of refugees
Sudanese immigrant Hasan Zekeriya also accused the UN, European Union (EU) and international community of not taking action and said:
“The EU sees us as nothing. I really question what the UN’s mission is here. When a UNCHR official was on the news, ‘Why are you closing your doors?’ to the question, ‘We did not close our doors.’ “But here it is closed. The doors are shut in the face of refugees and vulnerable people. Here we lack even the most basic necessities such as toilets. We ask only one thing from the international community. Evacuate us from Libya. We have been waiting here for a long time and the international community is playing with us. “
Cemil Ali Süleyman, one of the immigrants imprisoned in the security forces, also said:
“On Friday (October 1), at 4 am, when me and my wife were sleeping, (security forces) came and picked us up from the house. They put us in cars and took us to the headquarters in Gut al-Shaal. ‘We arrested you for this reason.’ “We have no information. Then we fled because of hunger and thirst.”
Stating that he came to Libya to sail to the Mediterranean and go to Europe, but had to wait because his wife was pregnant, Süleyman said, “After what we’ve been through here, I wish we had gone. Either we would have died at sea or what would have happened. But I would not have seen my wife and child in this situation. ” said.
UNHCR ceases operations in Libya
On the other hand, UNHCR Libya office announced that it stopped its activities as of yesterday due to the immigration problem in the country getting out of control, and concerns about the situation of immigrants increased gradually.
Migrant problem in Libya has become chaotic
More than 5,000 irregular migrants arrested in the operation on 1 October in the Gırgariş region of Tripoli were confined to prisons and detention centers.
Finally, the images that spread on social media yesterday, showing that more than a thousand immigrants escaped from one of these centers and took to the streets of Tripoli, revealed that the immigrant problem in Libya had taken a chaotic state.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced that 5 irregular migrants were shot dead in a detention center in Tripoli yesterday.
Violations against immigrants in Libya
Libya, which has been dominated by civil war and instability since 2011, has become the most used country in the transition to Europe of African irregular migrants fleeing poverty and conflicts in recent years.
Every year, hundreds of immigrants who sail into the Mediterranean drown as a result of the sinking of their insecure boats, while thousands of immigrants are caught or rescued at sea and sent to Libya.
More than 25,000 migrants have been repatriated to Libya this year, according to the latest figures shared by IOM. Also this year, it was reported that at least 455 of the immigrants who went on their journey to Europe from the Libyan coast were killed and 660 were missing.
It is pointed out that European Union countries are also responsible for these immigrant deaths due to the implementation of a “push back” policy towards immigrants, failure to respond to emergency calls and hindering rescue efforts.
According to the reports of the UN and many human rights organizations, migrants who are returned to Libya and locked up in detention centers are frequently subjected to physical, psychological and sexual violence here.
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