MOGADISHU – Somali migrants trapped in Libya detention centers will be among hundreds who will be relocated to Rwanda after tripartite agreement.
Rwanda accepted to host the refugees after a tripartite agreement between Rwanda, UNHCR and African Union was signed in Addis Ababa that is sponsored by the European Union.
Somalia’s Ambassador to the EU and Belgium, Ali Said Faqi says the first batch of migrants consists of 500 people, including women and children will be taken into Rwanda from Libya.
Last month, a Somali man was among at least five other people died after their boat carrying migrants capsized off the coast of Libya.
Libya became a major conduit for migrants and refugees fleeing to Europe after the uprising that toppled and killed longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.