The Libyan Abyss

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Last 17th February marked the 10th anniversary of the revolution in Libya that ended the regime and the life of the dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi. Since then, the African country has been plunged into instability, chaos and conflict, with three civil wars leading to the abyss. In this context, many of the thousands of migrants and refugees who, after an odyssey in which not a few lose their lives, arrive in Libya, end up suffering mistreatment, torture, rape, slavery or kidnapping by the traffickers themselves, the militias. Or by the guards of the detention centers.

More than 50,000 migrants have voluntarily returned to their countries since 2015. And for more than 17,000 migrants and refugees, the central Mediterranean has been their grave for the past eight year. 'Documentos TV' has visited the African country to analyze the situation of migrants and refugees and that of Libyans themselves, who suffer the consequences of successive armed conflicts with several hundred thousand internally displaced persons, problems in the provision of basic services like electricity, worsening health and possible war crimes. The coronavirus pandemic has only further complicated the situation. The ceasefire and a principle of agreement between the opposing parties open a door to hope.

Directed by: 
Pilar Requena
Spain / Libya
Spanish / English Subtitles