Rwanda ready to receive African migrants from Libya

On 22 November 2017 at 05:16

The government of Rwanda has admitted to facilitate transport and resettlement of African migrants who have been turned into slaves in Libya.

Recently, the social media has been awash with footages showing black African migrants being sold as slaves in an auction.

Footages also showed different humiliating acts like human trafficking, torture, rape, kidnapping and other inhumane practices.

The world was shocked to see such actions saying that they should not happen in 21st century.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, the Chairperson of African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat condemned the actions saying that they are degrading humanity.

“The African Union strongly condemns these actions from past, we express our condolences to our relatives who became victims of such intolerable activities,” he said.

Mahamat expressed deep anger and called upon collaboration to bring people behind such acts into account.

“Referred to the AU Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, I call for relevant investigations and other legal and judicial procedures, so that perpetrators of such acts are prosecuted,” he said.

He requested AU member states to provide logistical support to the repatriation of migrants who would wish to return to their countries.

Mahamat also called for financial contribution to help alleviate grief of migrants in Libya.

“I urge member states that have necessary logistic means to facilitate the resettle of African migrants who would wish to do so,” he said.

“I am pleased to note that Rwanda has contacted us not only to help transport migrants from Libya, but also to host a large number of them on her soil,” he said.

Through her twitter handle, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Community Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo said that Rwandan history taught Rwandans to feel the pain of stateless people, the reason why they chose to resettle some of the migrants in Rwanda.

“Indeed, Rwanda’s political philosophy and the experience of many Rwandans for many years not having a country they call home, have led this country to feel for refugees, migrants, stateless persons...For Africans being sold in Libya, Rwanda is small, but we will find some space,” the tweet reads.

Some migrants in Libya
The Chairperson of African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat speaks to the Media on Tuesday
Mushikiwabo's tweet