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Rwanda gets first Libya immigrant child

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Rwanda has received the first child born from one of the mothers in a group of African asylum seekers evacuated from Libya and now living in a remote village of Gashora in Bugesera district.

The new born child was showed to Rwandans through a tweet posted by the UN Refugee Agency in Rwanda on the evening of January 25, 2021, and its mother expressed high hopes of a better life.

“I’m very happy to have a child. I want to give him the best opportunity that I was not lucky to have in my home country: an education and a much better future,” the child’s mother Hewan* (not real name) said.

Hewan, who is living in Gashora transit center, is one of the asylum seekers mainly from the Horn of Africa, stranded in Libya, whom Rwanda has given temporary shelter as they seek alternative countries to live or stay in as plan to move to Europe, with hopes to start a new life.

Rwanda offered to take up to 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers, though Gashora settlement has the capacity to host 500 refugees and asylum seekers.

So far five batches have been received since last year, with the last batch of 130 refugees and asylum seekers evacuated from Libya arriving at Kigali International airport on December 29, 2020.

Several of those who have arrived in previous batches have been relocated to different countries in Europe and North America, including 131 who have gone to Sweden, 23 who were relocated to Canada, 46 who have gone to Norway, and five others who have been received by France, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.


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