African migrants evacuated from southern Libya

Africans in Libya

Africans in Libya

More than 1,200 African migrants who have been stranded in the southern Libyan city of Sebha are being evacuated to Chad by the International Organization for Migration.

The Migrants left Sebha on a convoy of 15 trucks on Sunday 2nd October. The journey to Chad is expected to last seven days.

The group was part of an estimated 3,000 African migrants who had taken refuge at an IOM transit centre in Sebha.

Heavy fighting for the control of the city had on several occasions prevented to evacuation of the Migrants.

Jemini Pandya from IOM says migrants from 10 different African nationalities were evacuated

 "The remainder of the migrants in Sebha, some of them have decided, for example the large group of Somalis who had been seeking shelter at our centre have decided they don't want to go to Chad and are either making or have made their own arrangements, and others have gone back to their accommodation inside Sebha and are waiting until we are able to organize a second evacuation. We have negotiated safe passage for the migrants with all the relevant authorities. It has been more of a question of security or insecurity and the logistical issues that have held up our operations so far." 

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