UP TO 700,000 African migrants are suffering “inhuman” conditions in Libyan camps, African Union (AU) commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat said yesterday.
Mr Mahamat spoke at the end of a summit between the AU and European Union where migration was a top issue.
He said that 3,800 people in one camp in Tripoli need to be removed as soon as possible.
“That’s just one camp,” he said. “The Libyan government has told us there are 42” and some contain even more people.
Several stories about African refugees being sold at open-air slave markets in Libya have been published recently in Western media.
However, there have often been reports of black Africans being horrendously abused and killed since Nato overthrew the Libyan government in 2011, plunging the country into bloody chaos.
Oxfam said yesterday that a EU deal to support Libya’s coastguard, agreed at the joint summit, would lead to many refugees trying to reach Europe being returned to “violence and abuse” in Libya.