About 3,000 migrants and refugees are being held in detention centres [File: Hani Amara/Reuters]

In Abu Salim Detention Centre, in southern Tripoli in Libya, refugees and migrants say the price of food has more than doubled since clashes started on April 4.

Once a day, one group of friends prepares a small meal from a dwindling supply of flour, while worrying how long it can last. Others have nothing.

More than 400 people are trapped there, close to the front lines, as fighting rages around them. Among them are about 30 children, according to current and former detainees.

“We are hungry but at this time we don’t care about food, only how we can survive [with] our life,” an Eritrean teenager told Al Jazeera through

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