RWANDA / GRANDI LIBYA REFUGEES

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During his three-day visit to Rwanda, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi on Sunday (25 Apr) visited one of two Emergency Transit facilities in Africa providing life-saving support to asylum seekers stranded in Libya. UNHCR

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STORY: RWANDA / GRANDI LIBYA REFUGEES
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI /ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 25 APRIL 2021, GASHORA, RWANDA /FILE

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25 APRIL 2021, GASHORA, RWANDA

1.Various shots, two-year-old Somali refugee Hadia in doorway

FILE – SEPTEMBER 2019, KIGALI, RWANDA

2. Wide shot, plane on airport runway arriving with evacuees from Libya
3. Med shot, Hadia’s parents, Zeinab and Abdulbasit arriving
4. Various shots, Zeinab and Hadia at airport

25 APRIL 2021, GASHORA, RWANDA

5. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Zeinab, Somalian refugee:
“We had heard about this country that it was secure and not like Libya. When most people go to Libya, they are worried about being in detention and whether they will ever have freedom or not.”
6. Various shots, refugees at Emergency Transit Center
7. Wide shot, Grandi meeting Zeinab and Abdulsait
8. Med shot, Grandi speaking with refugees
9. Close up, Grandi
10. Med shot, Zeinab and Abdulsait
11. Various shots, meeting
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“I spoke to a family from Somalia, many of them have harrowing stories of abuse of torture even of long detention of uncertainty, of despair, and this is a time when they can also try to overcome some of that trauma.”
13. Various shots, Zeinab and baby Hajira
SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“I really want to particularly thank the government of Rwanda. President Kagame himself, whose initiative it was to launch the ETM (Emergency Transit Mechanism) initiative in Rwanda itself a few years ago.”
14. Abdulsait with baby Hajira
15. Wide shot, family at accomodation
16. Med shot, Abdulbasit with his daughters
17. Soundbite (Somali) Abdulbasit, Somali refugee:
“As a father I am responsible for my family. I never gave up hope even when my situation seemed bleak. There is nothing to look forward to in my country, so we have no choice but to keep going.”
18. Various shots, family

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When Hadia was born, her parents were in a detention center in Libya. The family was evacuated to Rwanda’s emergency transit facility in Gashora when she was two months old, renewing their hopes for a better future.

Zeinab, her partner Abdulbasit, and their daughter, Hadia were among the first group of asylum seekers – including children separated from their parents and wider family – evacuated to Rwanda from Libya in 2019. Today, they have a second child called Hajira, which means “journey” in Somali and hope their future will be better.

Since that initial flight some 515 refugees and asylum-seekers have been evacuated from Libya to the ETM. The group remains at the transit facility while long-term solutions are sought, such as resettlement, voluntary return to countries of previous asylum or to countries of origin where it is safe to do so, or integration in local Rwandan communities.

During his three-day visit to Rwanda, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi on Sunday (25 Apr) visited one of two Emergency Transit facilities in Africa providing life-saving support to asylum seekers stranded in Libya.

The High Commissioner praised the Government of Rwanda as well Niger, the other country welcoming refugees and asylum-seekers being evacuated from Libya, for their continued solidarity and generosity, giving hope to vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees in Africa in dire need of protection and safety.

The Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Rwanda is an agreement between the Government, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the African Union to move refugees most at risk in Libya to the safety of a transit centre in Gashora, a district some 60 kms from Kigali.

Many asylum seekers in Libya suffer human rights abuses, including beatings, extortion and rape during their time held in detention centres. Others risk being sold into slavery by traffickers and even death in desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean or through being caught up in fighting.

At the centre, UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, healthcare, work training and education. There is also psychological support for trauma caused by the abuses many suffered in Libya.

Some are processed for resettlement to other countries while others are helped with alternative options, including return to countries where they were previously granted asylum, returning home if they agree and it is safe to do so, or remaining as refugees in Rwanda.

In the meantime, the refugees are able to live and work amongst the host community.
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