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"They beat us with chains": Life inside Libya's migrant detention centres

Emanuel and Jonata fled indefinite military conscription in Eritrea, only to find themselves in a Libyan detention centre
Tom Westcott/IRIN

After enduring long, perilous journeys through the Sahara desert, often experiencing kidnapping and violence at the hands of smugglers, migrants and asylum-seekers who eventually reach Libya risk arrest and long periods of incarceration in one of the country’s 20 official detention centres – all of which are overcrowded and underfunded.

IRIN gained rare access to one such detention centre on the outskirts of the port city of Misrata. 

Click here to see IRIN’s photo feature from Krareem detention centre.

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