47 OFWs from Libya stranded at Algerian border

ABOUT 47 OFWs from Libya are now stranded at the Algerian border awaiting to be repatriated, according to amigrants group.

Migrante International made the disclosure  after a Filipino Catholic priest based in Tripoli informed the group’s crisis hotline.

Fr. Allan Arcebuche, of San Francesco Catholic Church, Caritas, in Tripoli, Libya said around 100 foreign workers in Wafa Site in ENI Gas Plant subcontracted by MAN Company braved the desert route towards the Algerian border for seven (7)

When they reached the border, however, 47 OFWs and 5 Thais were not allowed to pass through because of lack of documents, only German and French nationals were allowed to enter, Arcebuche said.

The priest said the OFWs called the POLO-OWWA in Libya but they were told to return to Ghadames “to coordinate”.

They remain trapped at the border as of this posting. If they go back, it would take another two hours on foot, he said.

They are asking help from Philippine authorities to be allowed to pass through the Algerian border, he said.-D’Jay Lazaro

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