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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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The African Union (AU) has announced that it has started working together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to evacuate thousands of African migrants held in detention centers in Libya.

The AU said it is hoping to evacuate about 15,000 of these migrants before the end of this month.

The deputy chairman of the AU Commission, Kwesi Quartey in a tweet said the evacuation would be voluntary, and done in partnership with its agencies.

Quartey said that at least 20,000 migrants are being held in government detention centres in Libya.

Member states of the African Union according to Quartey would also be engaged identify their nationals, issue them emergency travel documents, provide flight and landing clearance and finally facilitate their re-integration into society.

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There has been outrage across Africa following revelations of the sale of migrants in Libya in slave markets.

Libya after the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 has been controlled by two main factions.

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