IOM and Red Crescent rush to assist stranded Chad migrantsListen /
Relief assistance is being rushed to a group of 300 migrants in a remote town in northern Chad who have arrived from Libya.
They are part of a group of 1,000 Chadians who were repatriated for being in Libya without proper documentation. Some had been held in detention centres while others had fled fighting in the south.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Chadian Red Crescent are assisting the migrants who arrived in the country on Tuesday.
Jumbe Omari Jumbe is IOM spokesman in Geneva.
"We have pitched 40 tents in this place for temporary accommodation and also for the provision of humanitarian assistance, registration and for eventual transportation of these migrants to their final destination. We are boosting our team on the ground by sending four staff, two medical doctors and others who will pitch up more tents in the area and also carrying food and non-food relief.” (Duration: 29″)
The migrants told IOM that they were brought from across Libya to a southern town where they started their journey. Two people reportedly died on the trek to the Chadian border.
They also said that a truck carrying approximately 60 people broke down in a desert town between the two countries.
The Chadian authorities have sent an ambulance to this location.