PRETORIA, January 11, 9:48 /ITAR-TASS/. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has announced it will start an airlift to evacuate stranded foreign nationals from the Central African Republic (CAR).
The first three IOM charter flights this weekend will repatriate some 800 Chadians from the war torn CAR capital of Bangui.
“Several concerned governments including Mali, Senegal, Niger and Chad have already organized evacuation flights, but need additional resources to cope with all the migrants wanting to leave the CAR and those arriving home, who are often destitute. IOM is helping in a variety of ways, including providing onward transport for returnees,” says IOM West Africa Director Carmela Godeau.
A total of over 60,000 migrants from neighbouring countries have already asked for assistance from their embassies in the CAR. Nearly 27,000 have already been evacuated by their governments, leaving at least 33,000 in urgent need of help, IOM reports.