UN: African refugees held in Libya to be evacuated to Rwanda

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10 September 2019

African refugees being held in squalid conditions in detention in Libya will be evacuated to Rwanda under an agreement reached with Kigali and the African Union, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday, APA reports citing Euronews. 

A first group of 500 refugees from the Horn of Africa will be evacuated in coming weeks out of 4,700 now estimated to be in custody in Libya, under a new “transit mechanism” partly funded the European Union (EU), UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said.

“It is a lifeline,” Baloch told a Geneva briefing.

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