Evacuation of stranded African migrants in Libya stepped up

IOM evacuating African migrants

The evacuation of stranded African migrants in Libya has been stepped up by the International Office of Migration (IOM).

Earlier this week the IOM, for the first time, flew a group of migrants from Tripoli back to their homes in Niger.

The 332 men and women were the first to be airlifted among an estimated 2,000 Niger nationals stranded in Libya following the conflict.

The IOM is planning further airlifts for migrants from Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Chad and Nigeria.

Spokesman Jumbe Omari Jumbe says that there are growing fears for the safety of Sub-Saharan Africans who face daily harassment and persecution.

"We still have reports of migrants who are coming to us to say that they are in fear of their lives and that is why they want to go home. But most of them now, more and more, they come because they don't think they are going to work again or they will be allowed to work again."

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