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Can peace deal bring relief to south Libya’s ‘Chinese camp’?

GHAT, 2 December 2015 (IRIN) - A peace deal signed last week in Qatar by warring tribes from the Saharan town of Ubari may bring some hope for displaced and marginalised people in Libya’s desert south, including those holed up in a partially-built construction project known locally as “the Chinese Camp”. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Syrian sketches, sugary deals and sheer generosity

LONDON, 13 November 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

Dealing with the migrant dead

TRIPOLI, 30 October 2015 (IRIN) - Since the beginning of this year, 2,860 migrants are thought to have died in the Mediterranean after setting off for Italy in smugglers’ boats launched from the Libyan coast. It is left to volunteers from the Libyan Red Crescent Society to deal with the decaying and bloated bodies when they wash ashore. full report

Photo feature: No way forward, no way back for migrants in Libya

ZUWARA, 31 August 2015 (IRIN) - The deaths of 140 migrants and refugees in Libya have thrown into stark light the lack of options for Sub-Saharan African migrants and refugees who make it to the north African state. If they want to return, it can actually be more expensive and dangerous than taking the boats. full report

In Libya's desert south, a town fends for itself

UBARI, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - Civilians in the oasis town of Ubari in southern Libya are trapped in a conflict that has cut them off from the outside world. Supplies and aid are almost non-existent, the hospital barely functions and the wounded often die of their injuries before they can get the assistance they need. full report

Progress but little punch in Libya talks

GENEVA, 17 August 2015 (IRIN) - Almost a year into UN-led talks in Libya, progress has been excruciatingly slow - often appearing to slide backwards. But Mary Fitzgerald, who has been watching the talks closely, finds some reason for optimism. full report

Time for a new deal for Middle East's displaced?

DUBAI, 10 June 2015 (IRIN) - As the Middle East's internal displacement crisis deepens, is it time for a regional and legally-binding agreement to ensure governments uphold their responsibilities towards their own citizens? full report

"They beat us with chains": Life inside Libya's migrant detention centres

MISRATA, 27 May 2015 (IRIN) - After enduring long, perilous journeys through the Sahara desert, often experiencing kidnapping and violence at the hands of smugglers, migrants and asylum-seekers who eventually reach Libya risk arrest and long periods of incarceration in one of the country’s 20 official detention centres – all of which are overcrowded and underfunded. full report

Photo Feature: Libya's forgotten displaced

TRIPOLI, 18 May 2015 (IRIN) - During Libya’s 2011 revolution, the town of Tawergha was used as a military base by pro-Gaddafi forces. In a revenge attack, Misratan militias entered the town and burned it to the ground, causing some 30,000 Tawerghans to flee. Four years later, many Tawerghans remain displaced. IRIN brings you this photo feature from a Tawergha displacement camp 90km from the capital Tripoli, in a remote location in the mountainous region of Tarhuna, where aid rarely reaches and hope is wearing thin. full report

Migrant smugglers profit from Libya's chaos

TRIPOLI, 23 April 2015 (IRIN) - Most of the 1,750 migrants to have drowned in the Mediterranean this year were sub-Saharan Africans who boarded smugglers’ boats in Libya. We will never know all their individual stories, but it is possible to retrace their steps through the deserts of Sudan, Chad and Niger to Libya’s porous southern borders, and north to its coastal cities and the beaches where the boats were launched. full report

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