Migrants in Libya fearful after crackdown and killings

Sleeping on the pavement, some wounded and all hungry, hundreds of migrants and refugees sought help outside a United Nations center in Libya’s capital on Sunday.

A week ago, armed forces in Tripoli began what aid groups call a violent crackdown.

At least 5,000 migrants were detained in a series of arrests and killings.

Libya is the transit location for people looking to flee to Europe for a better life.

But as Sudanese migrant Mohammad Omar tells Reuters, there’s been little peace to be found there in the last decade and he says refugees face discrimination, abuse, and worse.

"Immoral practices like beating, imprisonment, and subjection to torture…As refugees we should be protected by all means. The Libyan state and government is unqualified in protecting refugees, especially those with black skin, who face racism and pressure more than they should.”

On Friday, guards in a migrant detention center killed at least six people, as overcrowding led to chaos, prompting many to flee the area. The UN refugee agency said it was trying to help people waiting outside its center, and that it was ready to arrange humanitarian flights for them out of Libya.

That’s all Eritrean migrant Nadia Abdel Rahman wants.

After a gang killed her husband, she was arrested last week in a migrant clampdown.

“We only want one thing, and that is to not live in Libya."

Mousa Koni, one member of the three-man Presidency Council that acts as head of state, said Saturday he intervened with the Interior Ministry to “end this suffering.”

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