Migrants wait to be transported to a detention center, in the coastal city of Sabratha, Libya, October 7, 2017. Picture taken October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Hani Amara
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Niger has flown home more than 500 of its citizens from Libya as part of an urgent repatriation plan which will see up to 4,000 people evacuated, the foreign ministry has said.The move follows global shock over the atrocities suffered in Libya by African migrants, many of whom are trying to reach Europe, which was brought home by a CNN report showing people being sold as slaves. Over the past six years, around 250,000 people have returned home to Niger, fleeing the violence in Libya.At the end of November, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou called on the International Criminal Court to take up the case of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya.
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