A migrant holds a container of water wrapped with a wet sack  as he sits at the back of a truck at a local immigration transit centre in the desert town of Agadez, Niger May 25, 2015.   REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

Gambian returnees say Senegalese stranded in Libyan jails

Gambians returnees from Libya say that there are dozens of Senegalese in Libyan jails, who longs to come back home but their consulate in Tripoli is not helping them.

Hundreds of Gambians have been repatriated to their home country since April with the help of the International Organization for Migrants.

“Senegalese are in the same jail with us but their consulate is asking for money to help them. They are suffering very much,” they alleged.

Gambian returnees have thanked the Gambian consulate who they said is working “very hard” in Libya to save the people.

Libya descended into chaos after the fall of its longtime autocratic ruler, Moammar Ghadaffi. It is now a haven for kidnappers and Islamist militant groups, including ISIL.

Gambians and Senegalese are among thousands of migrants sold off in slave markets for as little as $200 and paid very little money for work done.

African migrants languish in Libyan jails and Gambians, who have been helped to return to their government say, Senegalese detainees are seeking to return and urged their government to help.

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