A migrant detention centre in Zawiya, not far from Tripoli. ANSA/ZUHAIR ABUSREWIL
A migrant detention centre in Zawiya, not far from Tripoli. ANSA/ZUHAIR ABUSREWIL

Folloing the CNN report that showed footage of migrants being sold off as slaves in Libya, the Rwandan government announced it is willing to take in 30,000 migrants stuck in Libya.

Rwanda, one of the poorest countries in the world, has said that it will take in migrants stuck in Libya, in view of the suffering the country experienced with the 1994 genocide. ''Rwanda could host up to 30,000 African immigrants currently stuck in Libya where they are exposed to all forms of abuse, including being sold openly in slave markets in the Northern Africa country,'' reported the Rwanda daily The New Times in summing up statements made by Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo. 

'We cannot be silent' 

''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 minister's statement said. The mention of Rwanda's history referred to the 1994 killings of more than 800,000 people as part of an ethnically driven genocide. The reference to the auction is about a video broadcast by CNN earlier in November showing two migrants being auctioned off as slaves in Libya. The minister added that Rwanda was ''horrified'' that ''African men women and children who were on the road to exile have been held and turned into slaves''. 

'In solidarity with African brethren' 

The minister said that the government and the population stood by the side of ''African brothers and sisters'' still in captivity and that though it could not take in everyone, its doors were wide open to those it could. She added that the country was prepared to work with closely with the African Union, the private sector and other ''friends and partners'' to ensure a ''minimum of comfort'' to those needing it. 

Rwanda is 167th of 187 countries in world GDP rankings on the basis of purchasing power parity (PPP) drawn up by the World Bank. 

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