Friday, May 20, 2011

Latest News Digest on African Migration

Sub-Saharan Migrants in the Sinai, latest news
Saturday, May 21, 2011, by EveryOne Group

These operations have led to many arrests and a reduction of human trafficking, so much so that today we have news of only small groups of  prisoners from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan and other sub-Saharan countries still in the hands of kidnappers.

The Killing Seas 
NY Times Opinion Page May 18, 2011
“…….For years, European countries paid Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to control the flow of African migrants like Ebo across the Mediterranean — even if the methods were inhumane. Now, armed Qaddafi loyalists are forcing migrants onto the high seas to protest the NATO airstrikes in support of Libya’s rebels……..”

U.N. says 10 percent fatality for Libya sea migrants Reuters, 
Barbara Lewis, Geneva,  May 13, 2011
One in 10 migrants fleeing conflict in Libya by sea is likely to drown or die from hunger and exhaustion in appalling conditions during the crossing, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.

Libya: Hundreds of boat people killed by the international coalition’s inaction
Pambazuka News
Migreurop press release May 16, 2011

Since January 2011, over 1,000 migrants have drowned while attempting to reach the fortified coasts of the southern shores of the European Union. These figures must be added to the 15,000 victims of the 'war against migrants' which reaches these days new peaks of inhumanity. According to information, a boat carrying over 600 people is lost in the high seas off the Libyan coast, amidst general indifference.

Close to 600 may be dead on Libyan migrant ship
Frank Jordans, Geneva, Switzerland   
Mail & Guardian May 11, 2011
Almost everyone on an overcrowded ship carrying about 600 African migrants to Europe is believed to have died when the vessel broke apart within sight of the Libyan capital, the United Nations said.

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