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Stranded Ethiopians repatriated from Libya
TRIPOLI — The International Organisation for Migration repatriated on Tuesday 160 Ethiopian migrants who had been stranded in Libya without travel documents.
"The 160 migrants boarded a chartered aircraft in the southern Libyan town of Sebha on Tuesday for a five-hour flight to Addis Abeba," where they were met and assisted by IOM staff, the organisation said.
"This group of stranded migrants, like so many others, realised they had no future in Libya and wanted to return home but couldn't because they had no money or documentation," said the IOM's Tripoli chief of mission Laurence Hart.
The IOM gave each migrant 400 euros (around 585 dollars) when they landed in Addis Abeba to help them "start income-generating activities" as part of its voluntary repatriation programme, the organisation said.
"The programme, set up in July 2006, has so far helped over 3,800 stranded and often destitute migrants from Africa and Asia to return home in dignity," the statement said.
Libya, with its porous land and sea borders, is a major starting point for sub-Saharan Africans risking their lives in rickety boats with the hope of asylum or simply a better life in Europe.
The IOM said that many of the Ethiopians it repatriated on Tuesday said they had been in Libya "for years, trying to seek out a living as undocumented migrants, or to save up" money to travel on to Europe.
Some of them said they reached Libya after dangerous treks across the Sahara.
More than one million illegal migrants are in Libya to try to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe, according to the IOM.
It’s so sad that Ethiopians and Eritreans are suffering so much, I really hope these 2 dictator, Meleles AND Isaias will face justice one day.
From the frying pan and into the fire.
Good for these no good ungratefull asedabis
Why would they leave the land of milk of honey and the beacon African democray
You would have thought that they are from Eritrea. Go figure.
Ooops Sorry I did not realize that they were begging for money. Wonder where they got that habit??
IOM What about the Ethiopian Diaspora in the USA parking lot doing drugs and Ethiopian resturants playing cards day and night, any solution for them?
Always pointing fingers, that’s what you guys are good for. When it comes to bashing other African countries, this blog would be full of hateful comments and curses. I wonder why people leave the supposed land of “milk and honey” as said by Xanadu…if it was so milk and honey why then is your system not perfect? Keep deceiving yourselves and keep hating. But let it be known that no matter how hard you guys try, the whole nation combined cannot be a perfect system in 100 years. Libyans most probably don’t have a place for you low-lives! Certainly no more maid services are needed there, or should I say no parking attendants are needed anymore!
The Ethiopian returnees or IOM staff didn’t exprese the fear of presecusion as is the case with Eritrea. We are free to travel.
Good news in time for x-mas.
The HIV trial in Libya (or Bulgarian nurses affair) concerns the trials, appeals and eventual release of six foreign medical workers charged with conspiring to deliberately infect over 400 children with HIV in 1998, causing an epidemic at El-Fatih Children’s Hospital in Benghazi. The defendants were a Palestinian medical intern and five Bulgarian nurses (often termed “medics"). They were first sentenced to death, then had their case remanded by Libya’s highest court, and were sentenced to death again, a penalty which was upheld by Libya’s highest court in early July, 2007. The Six then had their sentences commuted to life in prison by a Libyan government panel. They were released following a deal reached with European Union representatives on humanitarian issues (the EU did not condone the guilty verdict in Libya against the Six). On July 24, 2007, the five medics and the doctor were extradited to Bulgaria, where their sentences were commuted by the Bulgarian President and they were freed. Libya has since complained about the releases (although, as of July 31, not to the EU), and the issue remains ongoing. Furthermore, a controversy has arisen concerning the terms of release, which allegedly include an arms trade as well as a civilian nuclear cooperation agreement signed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in July 2007. Both the French president and the Bulgarian president have denied that the two deals were related to the liberation of the Six, although this has been alleged by a variety of sources, including Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the leader of Libya. -wiki
The difference is that Eritreans flee death while Ethiopians look for better life. There is a huge difference between Meles & Issaias so just don’t talk about stuff you don’t know much about.
hey Gigi what the hell are you talking you losser Eri sypathizer. keep your dirty mind in Eritrea rather than talking about the similarity of meles with that losser eritrean dictater. which Ethiopian asked you to help him ? you eritrean , help your self before you become extnict race by dying and …………………..
It so Smart that these Eriterians defecting back to ethiopia. Welcome!!
when will Africa be a place for the whole world to flee to? Some day.
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