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NPR met Mohammed through Mongi Slim, the southern Tunisia director for the Red Crescent aid group, which is sheltering hundreds of migrants who arrive from neighboring Libya.
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Boubaker Nassou, a 30 year old from Gambia, describes the detention center where he was held as a “slave market” and as the “prison where they sell people.”
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It was a large, dank room, crammed full of African men and women. Nassou says he barely had space to sit or lie on the concrete floor. It was hot and no one was allowed to shower; the air was putrid.
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