Nigerians return from Libya

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The deputy chairman of the AU Commission, Kwesi Quartey tweeted this on Tuesday.


After disembarking from a plane chartered by Nigeria, the European Union and the International Organisation for Migration, some of the newest arrivals looked exhausted, some clutching sleepy children.

The sale of African migrants as plantation labourers for fees ranging between $400 and $500 has been described by many in the worldwide community as a form of modern-day slavery, and some African countries like Nigeria have started sending aircraft to Libya to airlift their citizens who are reportedly trapped in the slave market.

A recent report about the presence of slave markets and the weekly sale of Africans in these markets has sparked outrage around the globe.

The AU has called for "urgent measures" to stop the abuse of black Africans in Libya, which critics say has been fuelled by EU-Libyan cooperation to curb migrant crossings to Europe.

It said "the slavery and slave markets in Libya are not only abhorrent but a blight in the harmonious and peaceful culture of the global community". More than 10 Nigerians, including girls, were sold as slaves. He was lucky to be rescued by security forces, he said.

Separately, almost 200 Gambians were repatriated on November 30, while between 4,000 and 5,000 are still in Libyan camps, Jobe said. But many Africans still make the journey, risking death and abuse, saying high unemployment and climate change leave them little choice.

"These are those who phoned families of the kidnapped persons to ask for ransom.Our criminal justice system should without delay innitate the prosecution of all those Africans involved in these racketeerings.The Gambia is not an exception", he told JollofNews.

Other African countries are now joining in on repatriations, including Ivory Coast and Cameroon.

Libya is a popular route for illegal migrants seeking to go to Europe through the Mediterranean.