1,200 African Migrants Arrive in Chad from South Libya

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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More than 1,200 African migrants have arrived in Chad after a long and dangerous road evacuation out of southern Libya.

The International Organization for Migration said Thursday the migrants left from the southern Libyan city of Sebha earlier this month in a convoy of 15 trucks.

The migrants say during the journey they were stopped by an armed vehicle whose occupants “took everything.” Sub-Saharan African migrants in Libya have reported being targeted by anti-Gadhafi forces.

The IOM says the evacuated migrants are from 12 different countries but that most of them are Chadians and Nigerians.

The migrants were among several thousand Sub-Saharan Africans who arrived at the IOM center in Sebha in early September when pro- and anti-Gadhafi forces began fighting for control of the town.

In July, the agency helped a group of 1,400 migrants leave Sebha by plane.

The IOM says it has begun preparations to evacuate another large group of migrants from Sebha