Govt. Sends Team To Evacuate Somalis From Libya
A Somali government delegation has been sent to the Libyan capital Tripoli to secure a safe return of Somalis trapped in the North African country, Radio Dalsan reports. The delegation is led by the Somali Ambassador to the European Union Dr. Ali Said Faqi. Also part of the delegation which is housed at the Somali Embassy in Libya is the Commissioner of Refugees and IDPs Ahmed Nur. Two months ago President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo personally ordered the then Foreign Affairs minister Yusuf Garad to facilitate the repatriation of hundreds of Somali migrants allegedly enslaved in Libya following shocking reports of slavery in the country. Ambassador Faqi had then two weeks to submit a report on the Somalis in Libya and reccomendations on the way forward. Graphic photos and videos of Somalis tortured in smugglers camps outraged the public back in Somalia. Other African countries including Nigeria have successfully returned their nationals back after rescue from alleged Libyan slave markets.