2017 Photos

The Libyan Migrant Trap

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Daniel Etter (Germany)
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Nigerian refugees cry and embrace in a detention center housing hundreds of women in Surman, Libya.

Refugees in such centers face indefinite detention. Many report sexual and physical violence, and insufficient food and water. A large number try to reach Europe by being smuggled over the Mediterranean Sea. According to the International Organization for Migration, the number of Nigerian women travelling by boat from Libya to Italy almost doubled in 2016, to 11,009.

Commissioned by: Der Spiegel

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