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Nigerian migrants return from Libya with tales of horror

LAGOS, Nigeria— After being stranded in Libya in failed attempts to reach Europe, more than 250 Nigerian migrants have been brought home and describe abuse and fear.

 

Nigeria’s government, its president appalled by recent CNN footage of a slave auction in Libya where African migrants were “sold like goats,” has committed to bringing its citizens home, along with other African nations.

 

The African Union and member states will repatriate more than 15,000 migrants stranded in Libya by the end of the year amid outrage over the slave auction footage, the AU’s deputy chairman said Tuesday.

 

Between 400,000 and 700,000 African migrants are in dozens of camps across the chaotic North African country, often under inhumane conditions, AU Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat told a summit of European and African leaders last week.

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