Tripoli, 2 September:
One hundred and ninety five refugees who fled Libya during last year’s revolution have been offered the chance to . . .[restrict]start a new life in Germany, according to a joint statement from the German Embassy in Tunis and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The group are understood to be of Sudanese, Somali, Eritrean and Ethiopian nationality, but were all living in Libya when fighting broke out last year. They have spent the last 18 months at the Choucha camp in Tunisia, but they are set to leave for Germany tomorrow.
Six others are set to join them in Germany at a later date, their journey having been delayed by health issues.
This news makes a welcome change from reports of African refugees drowning in attempts to reach Europe by boat. Over 200 people are thought to have died this way this year, according to the NGO Human Rights Watch. [/restrict]