Rwanda opens door for fleeing Africans enslaved in Libya
Rwanda has expressed shock over of recent reports by the CNN of African migrants being sold as slaves g in Libya as they seek to transit to Europe.
In an official statement released in Kigali, Rwanda said it was willing to become home to Africans seeking place and hope in Europe to underscore the country’s deep believe that the continent’s sad narrative was in itself in transition into a brighter future.
Rwanda has emerged from its recent tragic past of genocide to become a shining example of good governance and productive economy. IT is increasingly becoming the continent’s digital capital and a strong beckon of hope.
“The Government and people of Rwanda stand in solidarity with our African brothers and sisters still held in captivity. Rwanda may not be able to welcome everyone but our door is wide open” says the statement by the Rwandan government. Below is the full statement.
Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community
“Rwanda, like the rest of the world, was horrified by the images of the tragedy currently unfolding in Libya, where African men, women and children who were on the road to exile, have been held and turned into slaves. Given Rwanda’s political philosophy and our own history, we cannot remain silent when human beings are being mistreated and auctioned off like cattle.
“The Government and people of Rwanda stand in solidarity with our African brothers and sisters still held in captivity. Rwanda may not be able to welcome everyone but our door is wide open. We are ready to work closely with the African Union, the private sector, as well as other friends and partners to ensure that we can provide minimum comfort to those in need.”