2017 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 3rd prize

The Libyan Migrant Trap


Daniel Etter

Der Spiegel

17 August, 2016

Nigerian refugees cry and embrace in a detention center housing hundreds of women in Surman, Libya.

Refugees in such centers face indefinite detention. Many report sexual and physical violence, and insufficient food and water. A large number try to reach Europe by being smuggled over the Mediterranean Sea. According to the International Organization for Migration, the number of Nigerian women travelling by boat from Libya to Italy almost doubled in 2016, to 11,009.

About the photographer

Daniel Etter

He moved to India in 2010, where he began exploring social inequality, with a particular focus on child labor. Since 2012, he has reported extensively on migration and refugee is...

Technical information

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45.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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