Somali evacuees arrive from Libya

Mogadishu – The Somali government has welcomed nearly a dozen Somali’s who have been evacuated from Libya on Saturday.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Mahdi Mohamed Guled together with Government and
officials welcomed 11 Somali migrants who landed at Mogadishu International Airport after being evacuated from Libya,
Somali Special Envoy for Human Rights, Ms. Maryam Yasin told reporters that these migrants have returned from Libya where they had many difficulties during their stay there.
Last week, a delegation led by the country’s Special Envoy for Migrants and Children’s Rights, Mariam Yasin was sent to Libya to assess means to repatriate Somali migrants in Libya.
Yassin said only 11 of the migrants they met Libya agreed to return Somalia voluntarily. Officials claim that there are between 5000 and 6000 Somali citizens still in Libya.
Those who volunatrily returned were overcome with joy upon arriving.
“I was away for over two years. I passed through Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya. I was beaten, and robbed three times,” Mohamed Abdirahman Mohamud, one of the migrants, told reporters after landing.
The Somali government has started plans to repatriate its citizens from Libya last year after the president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed  asked the foreign ministry to facilitate the repatriation of Somalis in Libya.