Over 160 Senegalese migrants deported from Libya

A group of Senegalese illegal immigrants, who according to authorities will be deported back to Senegal through the border with Tunisia, are held at the Alkarareem immigration centre in the east of Misrata February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Hundreds of Senegalese migrants who had been trapped in Libya were recently flown back home.

Although the majority of the migrants have returned home heavyhearted, hungry, and broke, they are happy to reunite with their families and friends, especially given the kind of brutal abuse they encountered on the way, according to VOA News.

The ongoing deportation is an initiative by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in conjunction with the Senegalese government to rescue thousands of Senegalese migrants currently held in detention centers in northern Libya.

On Tuesday alone, more than 160 migrants, mainly young men in their 20s, arrived in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, looking tired, frayed, and dazed.

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