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UN warns women, child migrants unsafe in Libya

Libya is a major departure point for people seeking to irregularly reach Europe, and the journey can be deadly.
African migrants stage a demonstration outside the headquarters of the UN Refugee Agency in the Siraj area of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

Women and children migrants in Libyan detention centers are at risk following recent mass arrests, the United Nations’ body for children, UNICEF, warned Tuesday night.

Approximately 751 women and 255 children were among the thousands of migrants and asylum seekers detained in Libya recently. There are also five unaccompanied children and at least 30 infants being held in poor conditions at the detention centers in the capital, Tripoli, according to UNICEF.

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