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Tall order to repatriate distressed migrants from Libya

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Manon Joubert | 02 Décembre, 2017, 00:27

I abhor these appalling acts and call upon all competent authorities to investigate these activities without delay and to bring the perpetrators to justice. Again, we are supposed to regard the group's emergence as "just one of those things".

"UN Member States must stop ignoring the unimaginable horrors endured by migrants in Libya, must urge countries to suspend any measures, including bilateral agreements with countries of origin and transit, that expose migrants to further risks, and should ensure that any such incidents are expeditiously and thoroughly investigated", they said.

In an interactive session with members of the Nigerian community in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on the margins of the 5th AU-EU Summit, Buhari said steps would be taken to stem the tide of illegal migration by Nigerians. he committed to reducing the number of citizens heading for Europe illegally through the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea by improving education, healthcare, food security and other necessities in the homeland.

Already Burkina Faso's foreign affairs minister has recalled his ambassador from Libya, calling it "unacceptable to have slaves in this 21st century". So what? they may say, it has happened, what can we do about it?

"What counts for us is the capacity to be efficient, pragmatic, in a win-win strategy that serves our mutual interests", Michel, 41, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Yves Roland Houeto, coordinator of an Ivorian NGO called the Pan-African Association of Children and Young Workers, said he saw no signs West African governments were ready to offer serious economic prospects to keep their young at home. But I won't be surprised if the majority of them were really Nigerians.

There have been several reports on torture and abuse in the many detention centres in Libya, many of which are run by local militias due to the current power vacuum.

Thousands of migrants still arrive in Libya, many from sub-Saharan Africa and Africa's Horn in the hope of crossing the Mediterranean. "I have asked the relevant United Nations actors to actively pursue this matter", UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in statement.

But experts point to a daunting array of hurdles, from extracting migrants in perilous situations to giving them incentives to stay put once back home. Sadly, these are the "lucky" ones. Because, the Deal with Libya was not to intervene and leave Africa with Libya, a failed state. In Nigeria, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) are the major government organisation focused on this.

"You must talk to each other and avoid political explosions, " the President said.

"The enslavement of migrants derives from the situation of extreme vulnerability in which they find themselves".