Rwanda to host over 500 over migrants from Libya

Hundreds of migrants being held in detention centers in Libya will soon find a safe haven in Rwanda, officials in the East African nation have confirmed.

Reports from Rwanda say both nations are currently working out an evacuation plan for some migrants stranded in Libya.
Diyana Gitera, the Director General for Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation told a daily The New Times, a daily in Rwanda that they will receive 500 refugees as part of the commitment by President Paul Kagame in late 2017.

President Kagame made this commitment after revelations that tens of thousands of different African nationalities were stranded in Libya having failed to make it across the Mediterranean Sea to European countries.

It is worth noting that in November 2017, Rwanda offered to give refuge to around 30,000 African migrants stuck in Libya often in enslaved conditions. The promise was made in the wake of a video, released by CNN, showing men being auctioned off as farm workers.

Hundreds of thousands of Africans travel through Libya every year as they try to make their way to Europe. They are often held by smugglers and forced to work for little or no money.

As of last month, Libya planned to shut down three migrant detention centers following deadly shipwrecks on the Mediterranean at the end of July.

According to the United Nations, July has seen the deadliest shipwrecks involving migrants to Libya this year.
On July 25, a boat carrying migrants from North African countries capsized after setting off from Libyan shores trying to reach Europe.

More than 600,000 refugees and migrants are currently in Libya, with about 5,000 held in GNA centers. Detainees are not technically criminals and no formal charges have been brought against them, but they were caught entering or exiting Libya without legal papers.


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