Eight years of violence and armed conflict have taken a heavy toll on Libya. Its economy is in crisis, crime rate is high and basic services such as health care, schools, electricity and water are suffering.

As fighting intensifies in Tripoli, thousands of people are fleeing their homes. There are growing fears that a protracted urban battle lies ahead. Meanwhile, tens of thousands remain displaced in other parts of the country. Migrants, in a desperate bid to reach Europe, remain at risk of being trapped or abused.

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