Rwanda will take in refugees and asylum-seekers trapped in Libya under an agreement signed with the United Nations and African Union.
The agreement comes after repeated allegations of horrific conditions for migrants in Libya’s detention centres, including routine abuse, lack of medical care, and insufficient food, coupled with dangers from the ongoing conflict.
The United Nations has said its own centre for migrants and refugees in Tripoli is becoming dangerously overcrowded as is its centre for evacuees in Niger. Evacuation flights to Rwanda are expected to begin in coming weeks. Under the memorandum of understanding, Rwanda would accept an initial group of 500 people who agree to leave from Libya, most of whom originate from the Horn of Africa.
The U.N. estimates around 4,700 people are being held in Libyan detention centres.