These individuals include 64 from Eritrea, 35 from Sudan, 15 from Somalia, 15 from Ethiopia, 2 from Cameroon, and 1 from Mali.
They will be temporarily hosted at the Gashora Transit Center, where other evacuees have been accommodated, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA).
The latest evacuation effort is a result of a collaborative initiative that commenced on January 10, 2019, involving the Rwandan government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the African Union.
This partnership led to the establishment of an Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) with the primary goal of providing protection, assistance, and sustainable solutions for vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Libya. By facilitating temporary evacuations to Rwanda, this mechanism enables these individuals to escape the precariousness of their situation.
Over the course of the past few years, Rwanda has opened its doors to more than 1,600 asylum seekers, offering them temporary refuge. Throughout this period, the UNHCR has worked tirelessly to identify suitable solutions for these individuals, which may involve their relocation to third countries, repatriation to their countries of origin, or even the possibility of remaining in Rwanda.