Somalia - A charter flight organized by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, landed in Somalia in May 2018. When the 150 migrants on board disembarked, many of them took their first step on Somali soil in years. This flight was the final haul of a long and hard journey; it didn't represent the happy ending that most passengers were hoping for when they first left Somalia — they weren't in Europe. But they were home and they were safe.
Accompanying the passengers was Ali Said Faqi, Ambassador for the Somali Government to the European Union (EU), and a major part of the mission to help Somali migrants stranded in Libya return home to their families. While few might have missed the stark media headlines reflecting the abuse African migrants have faced at the hands of smugglers, traffickers and criminal gangs in Libya, Amb. Faqi is one of the few to have travelled to the source of these horrors.