Gambian back way migrant dies in Libyan prison

Gambian back way migrant dies in Libyan prison

A Gambian man attempting to reach Europe, Lamin Darboe has died in a congested Libyan prison ran by militiamen.

Darboe is a native of Farafenni, a commercial border town 72 miles northeast of the Gambian capital, Banjul.

He died in a congested detention facility called “Solomon Prison” in Sabratha town, in Libya’s westernmost Zawiya District. It lies on the Mediterranean coast about 70km (43mi) west of Tripoli.

It is a popular stop for Gambian migrants embarking on the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

More Gambian are suspected to be the prison, according to Edrisa Sarjo, Secretary General of the Gambian Association there.

At least 526 Gambians have been so far reported to be held in prisons across Libya, some of them not operated by Libya’s rival governments.

86 Gambians have died in Libya as of April and 36 others remain missing, according to reports.

Gambia since 2011 has no embassy in Libya but its government is working with the International Organization for Migrants to help repatriate citizens.

At least 330 Gambians have returned to the West African nation from Libya and Nigeria, nixing their journey to Europe and returning to the country that has birthed a new democracy.

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