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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 October 2018

Beyond the Headlines podcast: Refugees trapped in Libya ask for mercy

In this episode, we look at the harrowing stories coming out of detainment camps in battle-struck Libya, as well as the latest in Iraqi Kurdistan's parliamentary elections

A picture taken on December 11, 2017 shows African migrants sitting and lying in a shelter at the Tariq Al-Matar migrant detention centre on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli. AFP
A picture taken on December 11, 2017 shows African migrants sitting and lying in a shelter at the Tariq Al-Matar migrant detention centre on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli. AFP

Hundreds of men, women and children are being held in detention centres in Libya, just a stone’s throw away from clashes between rival militias, as journalist Sally Hayden has written for The National.

Campbell MacDiarmid spoke with Hayden, who has direct contact with some of the men and women trapped in these jails, in this week's episode of Beyond the Headlines. Listen here:

Also this week, we look at the ongoing parliamentary elections in Iraqi Kurdistan. A year on from a failed attempt at independence, voters express a sense of disillusion in the region’s political elite. What will the results from this election portend for the region and its relationship with Baghdad? Mina Al Droubi joins host Sofia Barbarani to discuss.

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