150 stranded Gambians return home from Libya

150 stranded Gambians return home from Libya

Over 150 Gambians are expected to land at the Banjul International Airport through the support of the International Organization for Migration and Gambia government.

A press release from the foreign affairs ministry said the migrants are expected to arrive in Gambia at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

About 140 Gambians aboard IOM’s first chartered flight from Libya arrived in Banjul on March 10.

A second flight from Libya carrying 170 stranded Gambians followed on 4 April, while another 290 have signed up for IOM’s EU-funded voluntary return program.

The Gambia is one of Africa’s smallest nations, with a population of just under two million.

And yet its citizens have consistently ranked among the top five nationalities taking the Central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy.

Most of the migrants are living deplorable conditions in Libya, according to a report by IOM released last month.

The report released by the IOM migrant support office in Niger said migrants including Gambians are being sold into slavery in Libya.

There are currently hosts of Gambians who are imprisoned in the North African country without their relatives knowing their whereabouts.

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