Following revelation and an outcry against the purported “slave auctions” of mostly black African migrants in the North African nation of Libya, several African countries have begun receiving their repatriated nationals.
With assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) the Government of Sierra Leone on Wednesday received 164 of its citizens.
The Journal du Cameroun website quotes IOM officials as saying the the returnees which included men, women and children were flown to Freetown in the early hours of Wednesday with the help of the IOM.
According to IOM officials, the returnees had voluntarily asked to be flown back home after going through what they described as “difficult experiences”.
The European Union (EU) and the Government of Libya provided tickets for the Sierra Leonen returnees while the IOM is providing financial assistance packages to facilitate reintegration in their various communities.
The returnees are being temporarily accommodated at the National Stadium in the capital Freetown.
Meantime, the Government of Burkina Faso has recalled its Ambassador to Libya over reports of the “auction” of black African migrants in the north African nation.
About 135 Burkinabe migrants were recently repatriated with assistance from the IOM.
In the Gambia, about 1500 returnees who were repatriated from Libya have begun receiving packages from the IOM for resettlement.
As part of its Freedom Project, CNN recently uncovered a ” slave auction market” of black African migrants in Libya in multiple locations in the country.
The Government of National Unity (GNA) of Libya, while announcing an investigation, responded to the report saying, “We affirm again that the practical solution is to address the real reasons that drive people to leave their home countries, treat them and develop final solutions for them.”
The Chairman of the African Union and Guinean Presidnet Alpha Conde has condemned the auction of Africans as slaves.
West African Journal Magazine