On 11 September 2018, more than a hundred people have reportedly died after a shipwreck off the Libyan coast one week before. I was on the ground in Libya with MSF teams and I have met a group of 276 people, among them survivors of the shipwreck, who were brought from the sea to the port city of Khoms (120 km east of Tripoli) by the Libyan coast guard on Sunday 2 September. MSF has been providing urgent medical assistance following disembarkation.
Many of the survivors are mourning the loss of their relatives. On top of the dangers faced during the journey through Libya, they have experienced another very traumatic situation at sea. Instead of receiving the support they need, refugees and migrants are arrested and detained in deplorable living conditions, without basic safeguards or legal recourse.