The first batch of 180 Malians, who had found refuge in Cameroon from the embattled Central African Republic (CAR), arrived home Sunday aboard an a private Italian aircraft, PANA reported here.
The repatriated Malians, including women and children, were accompanied by Mali’s General Consul to Cameroon, Dr. Balla Moussa Diakité.
According to the diplomat, the repatriation was made possible by the collaboration between the Malian government and the International Organization of Migration (IOM) as well as the Cameroonian authorities.
Other Malian refugees, who are now living in dire conditions near the CAR-Sudan border, are due to be flown home next Sunday, according to Dr. Diakite.
A total of 720 Malians have sought refuge in Douala, Cameroon, to escape the hostilities in CAR.
Many other Malians who fled the conflict in CAR have also found refuge in Chad.