The African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey has tweeted today Tuesday December 5, that the African Union has agreed to evacuate some 15,000 African migrants in Libya before the end of the year.
On his twitter page, he explained that the AU is working together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and will immediately put in place a Voluntary Humanitarian Evacuation of Migrants plan for Africans in Libya.
The association will implement a scaled-up evacuation process that will repatriate additional 15,000 migrants in Libya currently in Government-controlled detention centres before the end of year. There are currently at least 20,000 migrants in Government-controlled detention centres.
The AU plans to engage Member States whose nationals in Libya are to be evacuated, with view to: identifying their nationals, issuing them emergency travel documents, providing flight & landing clearance, and facilitating sustainable reintegration back home.
The move follows reports that migrants are being sold in slave markets in the North African state, sparking global outrage. An urgent evacuation plan for migrants in Libyan detention camps was drawn at an AU-EU summit in Ivory Coast last week.
Libya has undergone years of instability since rebels toppled former leader Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Two main factions control the oil-rich nation: a UN- backed government and a group led by a self-styled general.