Trapped in Danger
Libya remains fragmented by conflict and fighting continues in several parts of the country. The breakdown of law and order, the economic collapse and the existence of three governments has had a severe impact on the healthcare system.

Almost all the men, women and children who attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea have passed through Libya.

Teams who worked on search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean heard accounts of the alarming levels of violence and exploitation people experienced in Libya at the hands of security forces, militias, smuggling networks, and criminal gangs.

We run mobile clinics in migrant detention centres located in and around Tripoli. Medical complaints are mostly related to appalling conditions inside the dangerously overcrowded detention centres: lice, scabies and flees are rife and significant numbers of detainees suffer from nutritional deficiencies and the lack of safe drinking water.

MSF teams are currently responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

In 2019
MSF Mediterranean Search and Rescue Operation III
Mediterranean migration

Three Mediterranean boat migrants describe their gruelling quests for better lives

Voices from the Field 25 May 2015
Mediterranean migration

Testimony from Mediterranean migrant Makone Mare

Voices from the Field 7 May 2015
Migrant Route Augusta Italy 2014
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

MSF calls on European Union to take its responsibility to stop putting migrants’ lives at risk

Press Release 11 Feb 2015

Detainees tortured and denied medical care

Press Release 26 Jan 2012

In aftermath of war, MSF's medical work still sorely needed

Project Update 29 Nov 2011

The integrity of medical facilities must be respected

Press Release 19 Oct 2011

Providing urgent medical care in Sirte

Project Update 4 Oct 2011

'Almost all of the hospitals' in Tripoli 'are receiving wounded'

Voices from the Field 25 Aug 2011

MSF to expand medical response in western Libya

Press Release 22 Aug 2011

Treating all victims of the war

Project Update 18 Aug 2011

'As war goes on, people's needs are growing'

Voices from the Field 5 Jul 2011

Trapped in transit: the neglected victims of the war in Libya

Press Release 30 Jun 2011