UNHCR / LIBYA TO NIGER EVACUATIONS

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05-Nov-2021 00:03:01
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has evacuated on Thursday a group of 172 vulnerable asylum-seekers out of Libya to safety, via the Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Niger. It was the first evacuation flight to Niger in more than a year, during which most humanitarian flights out of Libya had been suspended by the authorities. UNHCR

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TITLE: UNHCR / LIBYA TO NIGER EVACUATIONS
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DATELINE: 2 – 4 NOVEMBER 2021, TRIPOLI – MITIGA, LIBYA / NIAMEY, NIGER

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TRIPOLI, MITIGA, LIBYA, 2 NOVEMBER 2021

1. Drone shot, Asylum seekers waiting to get on the bus to the airport
2. Various shots, UNHCR registration desk
3. Med shot, UNHCR staff registering a family for a COVID-19 test
4. Various shots, Asylum seekers in a waiting room
5. Various shots, Asylum seekers embarking on the bus auto the airport
6. Drone shot, Bus leaving to the airport
7. Wide shot, Asylum seekers disembarking the bus at the airport
8. Various shots, Asylum seekers arriving at the airport, Mitiga International Airport signboard
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Paul Cavalieri, Chief of Mission, UNHCR Libya:
"I am very relieved to see life-saving evacuation flights resuming, after being suspended for most of the year. At the same time, I am also very aware of the very difficult conditions of thousands of asylum seekers and refugees in Libya. Only a few can be evacuated, considering the limited number of places granted by third countries. As UNHCR we stand ready to work with the Libyan authorities for the development of a comprehensive plan to treat asylum seekers and refugees in Libya humanely."

NIAMEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NIGER, 4 NOVEMBER 2021

10. Various shots, Asylum Seekers arriving in Niger, airport, retrieving their luggages
11. Med shot, UNHCR staff helping an injured woman at the baggage claim
12. Various shots, Asylum seekers exiting the airport and getting on UNHCR busses
13. Wide shot, Busses leaving the airport

STORYLINE:

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has evacuated on Thursday (4 Nov) a group of 172 vulnerable asylum-seekers out of Libya to safety, via the Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Niger. It was the first evacuation flight to Niger in more than a year, during which most humanitarian flights out of Libya had been suspended by the authorities.

The UNHCR-chartered flight, which took off from the Libyan capital, Tripoli, yesterday evening, landed safely at Niger’s International Airport early on Friday. The group included families, unaccompanied children and a baby born just a few weeks ago, from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. Many had been held in detention, were victims of trafficking or had experienced violence and torture in Libya.

These evacuation flights are a vital lifeline for refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Libya.

The flight departure comes just over one month after a broad security sweep was carried out in Tripoli by the Libyan authorities. Thousands of people were arrested and placed in detention with many left homeless, following a series of raids and arrests and the demolition of many shelters, targeting areas where many asylum-seekers and migrants lived. Nearly 50 people on the flight to Niger had been put in detention following the security sweep, until UNHCR secured their release for the evacuation flight.

Since it was opened in November 2017, more than 3,000 asylum-seekers have been evacuated to the ETM facility in Niger. The new arrivals will receive a range of services, including shelter, food, medical and psychosocial support and be offered a range of daily activities and training, while their cases are processed for durable solutions, including resettlement.

The ETM gives hope and provides a safe and organized pathway to longer-term solutions. However, the number of places available through the ETM and other humanitarian evacuation flights is still insufficient. UNHCR advocates for more countries to take part and offer more places for the most vulnerable refugees to leave Libya.

The UN agency also continues to call on the authorities in Libya to respect the human rights and dignity of asylum-seekers and refugees, stop their arbitrary arrest and release them from detention. It is estimated that there are currently 6,325 persons in detention, of whom 2,733 are persons of concern to UNHCR.

In the absence of legal pathways, desperate people continue to embark on dangerous journeys by sea, leading to the tragic loss of life.
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