Elise Laura Villechalane, the External Relations Officer at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Rwanda has told IGIHE that the second batch will arrive in Kigali this Thursday.
“The second batch of refugees will arrive tomorrow. They were many in Libya stranded in detention camps located in a war tone zone where they lead a hard life. They will be 120, a larger number to the previous batch,” she said.
“You know that Libya is located in a war zone. It is even hard to reach the refugees but our colleagues are trying their best to take refugees to the airport. The final number has not yet been communicated by the number of evacuees is above 120,” Villechalane added.
Rwanda committed to receiving 500 refugees at the head first of whom a group of 66 African refugees and asylum-seekers from Libya arrived in Rwanda at the end of September 2019 in the first batch aboard the airplane of Buraq Air.
They were all accommodated at Gashora transit camp in Bugesera district which previously hosted thousands of Burundian refugees since 2015 before they were relocated to other sites.
The 120 refugees will be the second batch of the evacuees that Rwanda pledged to receive.
Rwanda signed agreements to host refugees stranded in Libya on 10th September 2019 with the African Union (AU) and UNHCR.
Rwanda made the commitment to host refugees from Libya in 2017 following revelations that thousands of people from across Africa were stranded in the country after their failure to reach Europe and subjected to slavery.
Following the evacuation of the first batch of refugees to Rwanda, National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), visited Gashora camp to inspect if refugees’ rights are respected.
The report signed by the Chairperson of NCHR, Mrs. Madeleine Nirere on 4th October 2019 indicated that the refugees are living in accordance with international standards granting the status of refugees having decent accommodations, sanitary infrastructures, enough safe water, tables, chairs, beds, fresh air, mosquito nets, and entertainment playgrounds among other basic needs.