In Libya, migrants trapped in Tripoli - Jeune Afrique

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The siege of the capital has further weakened the situation of the hundreds of thousands of migrants living there, who must flee the fighting, xenophobia, racketeering, poverty and fear.


With the ardor of his 16 years, Mohamed Adam Ahmed comes on his own to meet the journalist: “I am from Darfur, my UNHCR registration number is 50719600276. I want to leave here, go to Europe . Help me ! "

The scene takes place on the forecourt of St. Francis Church, in downtown Tripoli, after mass, when many migrants, Catholic or not, crowd into the small Caritas office. Since the offensive of Khalifa Haftar's men on April 4, 2019, on the Libyan capital, the head of the Catholic association, Burundian Liliane Nindaba, has been overwhelmed: “We offer clothes, hygiene kits for women, diapers and food for babies. We even have a doctor. Many foreigners, who lived in the south of the city, where the fighting is taking place, lost their homes. "

This is the case of Mariama, who rummages in the pile of laundry to redo her wardrobe. With her fiancé, they were staying in Al-Serraj, the upscale neighborhood in the southwest of Tripoli, when they had to flee the fighting. They were able to find accommodation, but no work. “I was a housekeeper in a villa, and then all the Libyans in the neighborhood left,” says the Nigerian. There is hardly any more work. Sometimes one day a week, that's all. "

Les migrants sont assis sur des matelas posés sur le sol dans un centre de détention, situé à la périphérie de Tripoli, en Libye.

Migrants are seated on mattresses placed on the floor in a detention center, located on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya. © UNICEF / Alessio Romenzi

I saw corpses and blood everywhere

Mohamed Adam Ahmed fears for his life. It was in the Tajoura migrant detention center, east of Tripoli, when, on July 2, an aerial bombardment - blamed on the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA), Haftar, or a foreign allied country - destroyed one of the hangars that housed the migrants.

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