More than 13,000 migrants have been repatriated from Libya since the beginning of December, the African Union’s chief said Monday, nearly two months after reports emerged showing refugees being sold as slaves.
That number is short of the AU’s goal to fly 20,000 out of the conflict-wracked north African nation by mid-January, but chairperson of the AU commission Moussa Faki Mahamat insisted the campaign was on course.
“We have 13,000, and every day, the number increases,” Faki told a press conference after the closing of an AU summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
“I believe that this process is on course, although with a bit of delay. Already more than two thirds… have been repatriated,” he added.
Faki announced the repatriations after media reports emerged in November showing black Africans being sold as slaves in Libya, which has no central government.
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