Migrants stranded in Libya to be vetted

migrants in Libya

migrants in Libya

The planned evacuation of at least 3,000 Sub Saharan African migrants stranded in the Libyan city of Sebha has been put off amid reports that mercenaries could have taken refuge among the migrants, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Libya’s National Transitional Council is insisting on vetting the migrants before they are evacuated to Tripoli and back to their home countries. 

Previous efforts by IOM to evacuate the migrants by air have been put off due to heavy fighting in Sebha.

Jumbe Omari Jumbe from IOM however says the organization was not aware of the presence of mercenaries among the migrants.

 "The NTC says they have to register them and to identify who is a real migrant and who is not. And this is very difficult because most of the migrants particularly from sub Saharan Africa do not have papers do not have passports and other documents. Those who do not have documents we see assistance from the embassies."

The Migrants stranded in Sebha are mostly Chadians, but also include Somalis, Eritreans, Nigerian, Egyptians Jordanians and Pakistanis.

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