Somalia repatriates 9 of its nationals detained in Libya
Nine Somali migrants have been repatriated from Libya.
Special Envoy for migration and children’s rights, Mariam Yassin received the returnees at the Aden Abdulle International Airport on Tuesday.
The first secretary of the Somali Embassy in Libya, Ayub Hashi Isse, said these youths were held by armed gang human-traffickers in Libya.
Isse says they faced “horrific” conditions during captivity and urged young people to stop migrating and instead invest in their country.
The Somali returnees add to the number of the several sub-Saharan countries’ nationals who have been rescued from Libya, where they were reportedly being sold into slavery.
A criminal gang of human traffickers, in collusion with their Libyan collaborators, have made the criminal act a thriving business.
Although Arab countries have a tradition of slavery, Libya has over the years respected human dignity as it aimed to be leader of Africa, until the fall of Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Libya remains Africa’s main departure point to Europe for migrants seeking safety and opportunity. But due to escalating conflict, conditions are now unsafe for refugees.