Eleventh group of refugees and Asylum seekers from Libya safely arrived in Rwanda


The 11th group of 100 refugees and asylum seekers evacuated from Libya have safely arrived in Rwanda. They are composed of 49 Eritreans, 39 Sudanese, 10 Somalians, 2 Ethiopians and 1 South Sudanese, according to UNHCR Libya Twitter page the group also includes 38 children.

The fresh group was transported to Gashora Transit Center in Bugesera district where they joined other 401 asylum seekers.

The evacuation of refugees and asylum seekers out of Libya is in line with a Memorandum of Understanding signed on September 10, 2019 between the Government of Rwanda, UNHCR; the UN Refugee Agency, and the African Union to set up an emergency transit mechanism (ETM).

The Emergency Transit Mechanism aims at providing life-saving protection, assistance and long-term solutions to extremely vulnerable refugees trapped in detention in Libya, through temporary evacuation to Rwanda.

The first group of 66 refugees and asylum seekers from Libya arrived in Rwanda on 26th September, 2019. A total of 401 evacuees from Libya were received in first 10 batches.

The Government of Rwanda ensures their safety and security while waiting for durable solution for them.