More refugees from Libya arrive in Rwanda

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The third batch of refugees, who were being held in detention centres in Libya, arrived in Rwanda in the early hours of Monday as part of a resettlement programme.

A Rwandan government account has shared pictures of the group on Twitter,

The third group of 116 refugees and asylum seekers evacuated from Libya under the ETM has safely arrived in Rwanda. They are also to be hosted in Gashora TC already hosting 189refugees and asylum seekers evacuated on 26/9 and 10/10.

The refugees are mainly Eritrean and Somali nationals.

The group was transported from Kigali airport to the Gashora transit centre, 40 km,24 miles east of the capital, where the other 189 refugees who arrived in September and October have been settled.

The resettlement is part of an agreement between the Rwandan government, the UN refugee agency and the African Union.

They agreed to resettle 500 out of more than 4,000 migrants being held in Libya after their illegal journeys to Europe were halted.

 

Dominica Nwabufo