With Libya’s civil war closing off usual routes to Europe, desperate sub-Saharan migrants are turning to neighbouring Algeria, where there is little support

They call the building Guantánamo because its inhabitants say it feels like a prison. Situated on the outskirts of Algiers, it has two floors, no roof, piles of bedding – and a teeming microcosm of at least 30 itinerant west Africans.

Residents come and go – people from Cameroon, Guinea, Niger. They conduct their love affairs, conflicts, business, card games, and look for work wherever they can find it.

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