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Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers

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An Italian prosecutor says he has evidence some of the charities saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are colluding with people-smugglers. Carmelo Zuccaro told La Stampa (in Italian) phone calls were being made from Libya to rescue vessels. Organisations involved in rescue operations have rejected accusations of collusion, saying their only concern is to save […]

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The migrant slave trade is booming in Libya. Why is the world ignoring it? Ross Kemp

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on The migrant slave trade is booming in Libya. Why is the world ignoring it? Ross Kemp

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It’s a mass grave that we don’t need the United Nations to verify. Every day an average of 14 migrants, the vast majority from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, die crossing the Mediterranean. Many more see their European dream turn into a nightmare long before they’re corralled on to flimsy rubber dinghies on Libya’s beaches. They’re […]

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Pentagon Hints at Deploying a Limited Number of Ground Troops in Yemen – How is this Going to Affect the Current Political Landscape in the Horn of Africa?

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Pentagon Hints at Deploying a Limited Number of Ground Troops in Yemen – How is this Going to Affect the Current Political Landscape in the Horn of Africa?

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London – The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) hinted at deploying “limited forces” in Yemen, within the framework of its war against al-Qaeda terrorist group. Pentagon Spokesperson Jeff Davis told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that his country was still concerned over the activities of al-Qaeda and other extremist organizations in Yemen, noting in this regard that […]

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Somalia: Is Yemen Behind the Pirate Problem?

By   /  April 5, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on Somalia: Is Yemen Behind the Pirate Problem?

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In a recent interview with Voice of America, Abdi Hassan Hussein, the former director of intelligence in Puntland, Somalia, said that several recent piracy events along the coast of Somalia were made possible by Yemeni investors. He said the Yemeni criminal investors are taking advantage of the chaos in their own country to provide financing […]

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Eritrean regime trades its own nationals in a billion-dollar trafficking business

By   /  April 1, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on Eritrean regime trades its own nationals in a billion-dollar trafficking business

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Published 09 March 2017 The human trafficking of Eritrean refugees is a booming business, where money is made with smuggling people, but also using violence, hostage situations and even torture. Modern communication methods like money transfer via mobile phones play a vital role in this, conclude professor Mirjam van Reisen (Leiden University) and professor Munyaradzi […]

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The Long Arm of Government of Eritrea: Refugees are forced to flee, then face extortion

By   /  March 31, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on The Long Arm of Government of Eritrea: Refugees are forced to flee, then face extortion

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MARLEEN VAN WESEL Eritrean human traffickers force their victims to donate organs, as Mirjam van Reisen discovered. The top of the Eritrean regime is heavily involved. “Extortion as part of human trafficking is becoming more and more extreme and even includes organ trade,” says Eritrea expert Mirjam van Reisen. “We always assumed that they were […]

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‘One day, I hope, I will go’: How Trump’s ban hit an Eritrean refugee camp in Ethiopia

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on ‘One day, I hope, I will go’: How Trump’s ban hit an Eritrean refugee camp in Ethiopia

Migrants from Eritrea eat a meal they received at the Milan train station on June 11, 2015, as about 300 migrants arrived in Milan late on June 10 and wait to be taken care of by authorities and associations. More than 100,000 migrants made the perilous crossing over the Mediterranean to Europe this year, the United Nations said on June 9, reporting a huge spike in arrivals that will add to Europe's migration worries. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN / AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN

I saw the impact of Trump’s travel ban from an Eritrean refugee camp in Ethiopia where some people have been waiting for resettlement for years Migration policies may seem abstract, and when combined with representing migrants and refugees as merely numbers, they blur the human dimension of displacement. When I saw him a few weeks […]

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Hundreds feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea More than 250 migrants are believed to have drowned after two partially submerged dinghies were found by a rescue boat.

By   /  March 24, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Hundreds feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea More than 250 migrants are believed to have drowned after two partially submerged dinghies were found by a rescue boat.

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About 250 people are feared drowned in the Mediterranean after two partially submerged rubber dinghies were found off the coast of Libya. Laura Lanuza, a spokeswoman for the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, said its boat, Golfo Azzuro, recovered five floating bodies on Thursday close to the dinghies, about 30km off the Libyan coast. She said […]

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Eritrean refugees in Sudan accuse traffickers of torture

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Eritrean refugees in Sudan accuse traffickers of torture

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Eritrean refugees in Sudan accuse traffickers of abuse and torture. There are calls for Sudan’s government to do more to stop human trafficking. The African nation is used as a transit point by thousands of people from neighbouring Eritrea that are trying to reach the West. They face a tough journey, often falling victim to smugglers on their way […]

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Face to face with the Eritrean exodus into Ethiopia

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on Face to face with the Eritrean exodus into Ethiopia

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James Jeffrey INDA SELASSIE/ETHIOPIA, 16 March 2017 Under the early morning sun in the most northern region of Ethiopia a motley group of Eritrean men, women and children arrive dusty and tired at the end of a journey – and at the start of another. After crossing the border under cover of darkness (leaving Eritrea […]

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