So many Ghanaians in Libya suffering - Foreign Affairs minister

So many Ghanaians in Libya suffering - Foreign Affairs minister

- The foreign affairs minister says the number of Ghanaians in Lybia is more than we expected

- Shirley Ayorkor Botachway reveals that these Ghanaians want to return

- Government is currently putting together resources to repatriate all Ghanaians from the war-torn zone

The foreign affairs minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, has revealed that hundreds of Ghanaians are stranded in crisis-hit Libya.

The minister has revealed that these troubled Ghanaians are doing everything they can to return to Ghana as most of them are being abused and subjected to inhuman activities.

In an address on the floor of parliament, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway argued that the exact number of these stranded Ghanaians are more that is being recorded by international partners.

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Below is her full response transcribed by

The ministry is aware that there are some stranded Ghanaians in Libya who contact the consulate in Tripoli for assistance, however, the figure put out by IOM in Accra conflicts with figures provided by IOM in Tripoli.
This, coupled with the highly volatile situation in Libya has made it very difficult to obtain information on the actual number of Ghanaian nationals in that country.
This is because Libya today has vast areas of its territory in the hands of rival militia groups operating outside the control of internationally recognized interim governments of national accord.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix in March this year revealed that 62,422 Ghanaians were identified in different cities and detention centers in Libya.

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In this report, Ghana was ranked fifth after Egyptian, Nigerian, Chadian and Sudanese nationals out of 38 different nationalities in that country.

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