Between 400,000 and 700,000 African migrants are living in camps in Libya, often under “inhuman” conditions, the chairman of the African Union Commission said on Thursday at the close of a summit of European and African leaders.
Moussa Faki Mahamat stressed the urgency of removing the thousands of migrants, including women and children, from the camps. At least 3,800 migrants in one camp in Tripoli need to be removed as soon as possible, Mahamat said, as cited by AP.
Most of them come from West Africa. “That’s just one camp,” he said. “The Libyan government has told us there are 42,” and some contain an even larger number of migrants.
“We will launch a concrete military and police initiative on the ground, there is also a need for sanctions,” Macron told France 24 and RFI on Wednesday. The French leader was speaking on the sidelines of the 2017 African Union-European Union (AU-EU) summit in the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire).
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