Libya: No Escape from Hell

Thousands of refugees are trapped in Libya’s hellish detention centres, where abuse, rape and extortion is rampant. They live in subhuman conditions, awaiting someone – the militia, Europe, the UN, anyone – to decide their fate. We investigate the entire detention system, how this traffic works, the role of the militias and the way in which their control is exercised.

Officially, Libya’s 26 detention centres are run by the GNA, the UN-recognised government in Tripoli. In reality they are in the hands of the militias that control the country, who see migrants as a ready source of cash. The European Union finances the camps but then takes no responsibility for what happens there.

What needs to be changed and what are the solutions? Why is there such a lack of transparency when it comes to the UN’s activities in Tripoli? Europe seems to be at the mercy of Libyan blackmail and the measures taken to help Libya deal with the migrant problem reinforce the cycle of “extreme abuse”


  • Year: 2021
  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Production: Magneto Presse
  • Director: Sara Creta
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France

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