2019-09-11 Africa Subsaharan||Rwanda Agrees to Take in African Migrants Stuck in Libya
[AnNahar] Rwanda agreed Tuesday to take in hundreds and potentially thousands of African |migrants colonists stranded in Libya, a deal the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
hopes to replicate with other member states.
"We will be receiving the initial number of 500 in a few weeks," Hope Tumukunde Gasatura, Rwanda's ambassador to the AU, told a news conference after signing a memorandum of understanding alongside representatives of the AU and the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.
The first group "is principally made up of people originating from the Horn of Africa," the AU and the U.N. said in a statement.
They will be housed in a transit center in Rwanda before being resettled elsewhere unless they agree to return to their home countries.
In the chaos that followed the fall and killing of former dictator Muammar Qadaffy
...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest...
in a 2011 uprising, Libya became a key transit point for sub-Saharan African
migrants colonists seeking to embark on dangerous journeys to Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
The UN says some 42,000
migrants colonists are currently in Libya.
"We have been desperately searching for solutions for those people," said Cosmas Chanda, UNHCR's representative to the AU.
The Rwandan government is prepared to take in as many as 30,000 Africans from Libya, though the plan is for the process to unfold in batches of 500 to prevent the country from becoming overwhelmed.
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