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Filthy rich: Saudis leave African migrants to ‘die’ in hellish Covid camps

One boy – among thousands trapped in squalid detention centres – hanged himself after ‘losing hope’

Will Brown and Zecharias Zelalem

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

Graphic cellphone images sent by migrants held inside the detention centres show dozens of emaciated men crippled by the Arabian heat lying shirtless in tightly packed rows in small rooms with barred windows.

One photo shows what appears to be a corpse swathed in a purple and white blanket in their midst. They say it is the body of a migrant who had died of heatstroke and that others are barely getting enough food and water to survive...

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