African Union to bring 20,000 migrants home from Libya

The African Union has upped its goal to repatriate
stranded migrants from Libya , saying in a statement
that it aims to bring 20 ,000 Africans home in the
next six weeks.

Pressure has grown on the continental body and
individual African states to get their citizens out of
Libya after CNN broadcast a report showing black
Africans being sold as slaves in the north African
country .

The African Union had earlier said it wanted to
repatriate 15 ,000 migrants by the year ’s end, but
increased its goal after a task force – including AU,
European Union and United Nations officials — met
earlier this week .
“ The immediate focus of the task force will be on
the repatriation, within the next six weeks, of the
20, 000 migrants currently in identified government-
controlled detention centres who have expressed
the wish to leave Libya ,” the AU said in a statement
received Thursday .
The group is also working to organise consular
services for stranded migrants and landing rights for
airlines that can fly migrants out of Libya , the
statement said .

Individual African countries have started their own
repatriation programs, with Nigeria , the source of the
majority of undocumented migrants trying to reach
Europe from Libya , bringing home 144 people earlier
this week .
Rwanda has also offered to take in as many as
30, 000 migrants who have suffered abuse and slave
like conditions in Libya . 

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