Displaced Chadians and Libyans return home with help from humanitarians
Aug 3, 2011
More than 200,000 West Africans have been flown back to their homes after fleeing the area over a month ago when fighting broke out, IRIN reports.
Chadian and Libyan citizens fled the western countries when fighting between rebels and the Libyan government started. The rebel armies began attacking as as an effort to try and remove Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi from power.
The lack of warning left many displaced families in grave conditions - without supplies, clothing or shelter, when humanitarian workers got to them, according to the news source.
"The migrants we found just over a month ago were exhausted after having spent weeks wandering and living in the open with limited access to food, water and health services," Qasim Suffi of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) told the news outlet.
As fighting has since stopped, the IOM has been working diligently to get families back to their homes.
The migrants were taken to a transit center in Sebha, Libya, where they were then flown to Ndjamena. Here, aid was set up to help get the people back to their respected villages and towns. Those who sustained injuries from the war were sent to the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Chadian capital, the news source reported.
Flights will continue to go out until all those who fled are back home.