AU to help evacuate 15000 migrants from Libya this year
Dec 06 2017 by Desiree Burns
INDEPENDENT learnt that there has been a renewed drive to repatriate all stranded Nigerians from Libya amidst raging report over resurgence of slave trade in the country.
The story is now rife how many Nigerians lost their lives in the bid to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, but those who arrived yesterday hid their faces, especially the women, as the mothers among them held strong to their babies, seemingly glad they came back safely.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and the officials of other government agencies were also on ground to receive the returnees. "But on getting to Libya, he abandoned all of us to our fate", the man said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of fears for his security. He was lucky to be rescued by security forces, he said, and was repatriated in July.
More Nigerians have continued to exit Libya in the last few days after global outrage that followed the discovery of modern slave network involving blacks in the war torn enclave.
The Ministry stated that those registered were issued Emergency Travel Certificates. He did not specify which countries' migrants would be sent home.
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Now that the migrants has returned, the question remains; What is the plans of the Government for them?.
On Tuesday almost 400 migrants were flown back to Nigeria on two flights from Tripoli, the capital, and from the western city of Misrata. Morocco, France, and Germany will provide the air carriers, according to Gambian senior foreign affairs official Ebrima Jobe.
"These are those who phoned families of the kidnapped persons to ask for ransom.Our criminal justice system should without delay innitate the prosecution of all those Africans involved in these racketeerings.The Gambia is not an exception", he told JollofNews. But many Africans still make the journey, risking death and abuse, saying high unemployment and climate change leave them little choice.
Other African countries are now joining in on repatriations, including Ivory Coast and Cameroon.