Childen resettled in Norway after fleeing Libya

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migrants being evacuated from Libya

migrants being evacuated from Libya

Thirty three unaccompanied children who fled into Tunisia from Libya are to be resettled in Norway, by the UN Refugee agency UNHCR.

The children are mainly from Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. UNHCR says most of the children fled Libya at the height of war.

Adrian Edwards from UNHCR says some of the children were already without parents when they arrived in Libya while others lost their parents or became separated from them during the mass exodus of migrants from Libya.

"Shousha is home to 3,400 refugees. Unaccompanied children among them have relied on help from friends and relatives, as well as local and international aid workers. In total, 39 of 90 children there have now been resettled – most of them to Scandinavian countries. UNHCR considers resettlement to be the only viable option for the majority of recognized refugees who fled Libya to Tunisia and Egypt. Both countries allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants to stay temporarily before being repatriated"

UNHCR says more than 3,000 refugees who fled Libya were in need of resettlement and is appealing to more countries to volunteer and give the refugees a new home and a second chance in life.

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