"The visit of the PSS team was successful from all points of view and their visit contributed to improving the mood of the detained ladies and their children who are very vulnerable. We are therefore emphasising that such visits should be planned on a monthly basis in all detention centres and we welcome and wish that IOM continues organizing such events and providing assistance," Faraj Abuejila, Deputy Manager of Abu Salim detention centre, told IOM.
Many migrants at detention centres speak of difficult conditions throughout the migratory route in Libya, including harassment. Women and children are particularly vulnerable, which is why IOM is currently focusing on providing particular support for this group of migrants.
"After some time inside detention centres, the migrants feel as if there is no hope. Through these activities, we want to give back some hope, our aim is that they will see some light in all the darkness," expressed Hamidi who visits the detention centres on a regular basis on behalf of IOM.
At the same time, IOM, together with other UN agencies and international and national organizations, is also looking into alternatives to detention with the aim to be able to better ensure the human rights and protection of migrants in Libya.
IOM's psychosocial support is funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) of the United States Department of State under the project, Addressing Irregular Migration Flows and Upholding Human Rights of Migrants along the Eastern African Migration Route and North Africa (Noah phase VI).