Nigerians return from Libya

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A video of men appearing to be sold at auction in Libya for US$400 last month shocked the world and focused worldwide attention on the exploitation of migrants and refugees in the North African country.

According to the reports, the migrants who attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea to the European shores are placed in detention centers across Tripoli, leaving a lot of them with the option of returning to their home countries.

Another Nigerian recently repatriated told the AP about his ordeal. He was lucky to be rescued by security forces, he said, and was repatriated in July. He was repatriated in July.

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"It's heartbreaking, especially when I see a 13-year-old come with a baby", said Abike Dabiri-Erewa, senior special assistant to Nigeria's president on diaspora and foreign affairs. Another 250 Nigerians were on their way back from Libya on Tuesday, the government said.

AU deputy chairperson Kwesi Quartey confirmed the repatriation efforts on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

To facilitate the repatriation, which is being coordinated with the IOM, the AU is to issue emergency travel documentation in addition to taking other steps.

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Separately, almost 200 Gambians were repatriated on November 30, while between 4,000 and 5,000 are still in Libyan camps, Jobe said.

Europe has struggled to stem the flow of tens of thousands of Africans making the unsafe crossing of the Mediterranean.

At a summit held last week, leaders from the European and African unions vowed to work together to help evacuate 3,800 migrants after being confronted by footage of people being auctioned off as slaves in Libya, the EU's key partner in its effort to close the Mediterranean Sea to refugees and migrants using smugglers' boats.

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The number of stranded Nigerians that are voluntarily returning from Libya has risen to 401 after the arrival of 257 persons.

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