African Immigrants in Libya Set To Arrive in Rwanda Next Year

African migrants suffering slave-like conditions in Libya

The First batch of immigrants held captive in Libya are set to arrive in Rwanda at the beginning of 2018.

Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister told a full packed house attending the 15th National Dialogue, Umushyikirano2017 that the country pledged to host 30,000 immigrants stranded in Libya.

“Giving a shelter to Africans stranded in Libya is a human rights obligation and we shall be receiving them starting by the beginning of the coming year,” Mushikwabo said.

“Rwanda may not be able to welcome everyone but assured that Rwanda doors were open to up to 30,000 people.”

Last month Rwanda announced that it was willing to provide refuge to around 30,000 African migrants suffering slave-like conditions in Libya.

It was reported that African migrants heading to Europe were undergoing a slave auction in the Northern Africa country.

A statement from Foreign Affairs Ministry then said “Given Rwanda’s political philosophy and our own history, we cannot remain silent when human beings are being mistreated and auctioned off like cattle,” the statement said.

African Union has called for help across the whole continent to provide financial contributions to alleviate the suffering of African migrants in Libya.

African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat on November 21st asked; “Member states that have logistical means to make them available to facilitate the evacuation of African migrants who wish to leave Libya.”

Minister Mushikiwabo did not reveal the whole agenda of repatriating the immigrants from Libya and where they’ll be accommodated in Rwanda.

However, she assured that Rwanda will always keep a close eye on balancing the numbers and the territory capacity coupled with country’s political philosophy and the country history.




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