from AHMED ZAYED in Tripoli, Libya
TRIPOLI – MIGRANTS that survived a recent deadly shipwreck are now held in arbitrary detention in Libya.
Among those detained are survivors with severe burns, pregnant women and babies.
The 276 individuals narrowly survived the shipwreck that killed more than 100 people off the Libyan coast.
Two rubber boats left the coast in the early morning of September 1, carrying hundreds of people of different nationalities, believed to include Sudanese, Malians, Nigerians, Cameroonians, Ghanaians, Libyans, Algerians and Egyptians.
One of the boats deflated and sank, leading to many deaths.
The international medical humanitarian organisation, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), decried the detention of the survivors, including a nine-month-old baby is detained with his mother and ten-year-old brother.
“We are extremely worried for our patients,” said Jai Defranciscis, the MSF nurse in the northwestern Misrata.
The medical official said survivors could not recover while locked inside cells and in very poor hygiene conditions.
“We have started to see patients with severe chest infections like pneumonia, caused by being in the water for such a long time,” Defranciscis said.
It is common for people returned to Libya from unseaworthy boats to be sent back into a harmful system of arbitrary detention.
– CAJ News