The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tunisia has reported that a group of Ivorian migrants that had been stranded at the border between Tunisia and Libya are now safe and receiving humanitarian assistance.
The group includes 21 men, 11 women and four children. The 36 Ivorians had been stranded at the border since Sunday, August 4.
Now, it was reported that they have finally left the area. They are receiving humanitarian assistance in Tunisia, according to Paola Pace, the deputy chief of mission and senior project manager of UN migration agency in Tunisia.
'The migrants are today in Tunisia'
On August 9, the IOM, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Tunisia had released a joint statement, saying that they were deeply concerned for the condition of the 36 migrants. The UN agencies worked with civil society and Ivorian authorities to move the migrants to a safe place and assist them.
The IOM now said that following negotiations with authorities, "the migrants are today in Tunisia."
'Mobilization shows everyone's work to promote rights'
IOM's teams were working with volunteers from the Tunisian Red Crescent to provide necessary assistance, the UN agency said.
It added that there had been an ''exemplary mobilization'' of journalists, civil society and UN organization, that everyone had fought to guarantee the fundamental human rights of the migrants were respected.
Protecting human life and dignity ''must remain an absolute priority'', IOM said.