Unic Press UK: The UN Refugee Agency, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Rwandan government and the African Union (AU) signed Tuesday a Memorandum of Understanding to set up a mechanism for evacuating to Rwanda a number of refugees currently domiciled in Libya.
In a statement issued yesterday, the UNHCR said:
“Under the agreement, the Government of Rwanda will receive and provide protection to refugees and asylum-seekers who are currently being held in detention centres in Libya. They will be transferred to safety in Rwanda on a voluntary basis. A first group of 500 people, predominantly from the Horn of Africa, will be evacuated, including children and youth at risk. After their arrival, UNHCR will continue to pursue solutions for the evacuees.”
There are some 4,700 people staying in dire conditions inside detention centres in Libya; and these people need to be “moved to safety and to be provided with protection, life-saving assistance, and durable solutions”, the UNHCR added.