Migrant Detention Center in Libya Resembles a Zoo

“Tripoli Zoo Sees Different Kind of Cage–One with Migrants,” by Leila Fadel for NPR:

Gun-toting militiamen man the steel gate that leads into the Tripoli zoo. A sign promises a garden of animals. Inside, there are paths that meander through a maze of cages and animal habitats. Monkeys climb trees; hippos submerge themselves in water and lions lounge in the heat.

Just a few hundred yards away, there’s a different kind of cage: Inside there are people — migrants waiting to be deported or to prove they are in Libya legally.

Sayed Ghazallah has his men unlock the padlock on the steel bars. He is the head of a militia, paid to deal with the overflow of illegal immigrants…

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