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Motion on death of 19 refugees following truck crash in Libya

The African National Congress moves without notice: That the House

1) notes with sadness the death of at least 19 illegal migrants and injury of about 60, mostly from Africa, in a truck accident in the Libyan town of Bani Walid, approximately 189 kilometres south-east of the capital Tripoli;
2) further notes the truck was carrying an estimated 300 refugees and migrants when it crashed in the northwest of the North African country on Wednesday 14 February 2018;
3) understands that Libya has become a major point of departure for African migrants leaving Africa for Europe in search of a better life;
4) further understands that the journey is hazardous with many crammed into overcrowded vessels in poor condition operated by human traffickers;
5) recalls that hundreds have died after their boats overturned in the Mediterranean sea and those that have remained behind have been subjected to abuse in Egypt's detention centres;
6) remembers that many of the centres are controlled by a myriad of militias who control large swathes of the country after it plunged into civil war in 2011, following the overthrow of late leader Muammar Gaddafi;
7) calls on the international community to do more to tackle the migration crisis in Libya; and
8) conveys its condolences to the governments of the affected migrants and families of the deceased.

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