African migrants ‘left to die’ in Saudi Arabia’s hellish Covid detention centres

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  • Saudi Arabia, one of the wealthiest countries on earth, is keeping hundreds if not thousands of African migrants locked in heinous conditions reminiscent of Libya’s slave camps as part of a drive to stop the spread of Covid-19, an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has found.

    When the pandemic struck in March, the Saudi government in the capital Riyadh feared the migrants, who are often housed in overcrowded conditions, would act as vectors for the virus.

    Several of the migrants said they had been rounded up from their homes in various Saudi Arabian cities before being placed in the camps.

    A short video clip smuggled out shows several rooms covered with filth from an overflowing squat toilet. One Ethiopian man can be heard shouting out: “The toilets are clogged. We tried unblocking them, but we’re unable to. So we live in this filth, we sleep in it too.”

    Saudi Arabia said that in light of recent articles it was looking into the state of all official government facilities.

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