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(United Nations OCHA) The other face of Libya

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Saturday, 30 March 2019

The other face of Libya

Eritrean, Ethiopian and Sudanese migrants waiting to be registered by a UNHCR staff member before being transferred to a gathering centre, where they will be given air tickets for travel and safe repatriation to Niger.

The outside world knows Libya as an oil-rich country. But this has not led to tangible benefits for people. Many Libyans get poorer every year. There are at least 823,000 people in need of assistance. Almost half of them – or 413,000 – are refugees and migrants.

The ill-treatment, torture and rape of migrants and refugees has been documented by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in Desperate and Dangerous: Report on the human rights situation of migrants and refugees in Libya.

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The other face of Libya by UN Humanitarian - United Nations OCHA

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