This week the Times (UK) reported that a significant number of “illegal” African migrants are being detained in a Libyan zoo. These migrants were arrested while attempting to reach Europe (often by boat to the island of Lampedusa – previously discussed here). This site (the Zoo) is being used as a temporary detention centre. There are a number of these types of detention centres in countries surrounding Europe and they are used to try to prevent migrants travelling illegally to Europe. On so many levels it seems quite shocking that people are being detained in such circumstances.
More details are available here: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article3894211.ece