Tag Archives: Africa

Somalia : Will its refugee and displacement crises ever be solved ?

 An internally displaced man eats a maize meal from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) feeding program at the Sorrdo camp in Hodan district of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

Migrant Crisis : Rescuers pulled nearly 300 people from rubber boats

Sub-Saharan migrants cover themselves with a heating blanket on the deck of the Golfo Azzurro after been rescued from the Mediterranean sea, about 24 miles north of Sabratha, Libya. Rescuers pulled nearly 300 people from two rubber boats in waters off the coast and were looking for 100 more believed to be on another boat missing since Sunday.

African migrants lie on the ground after crossing a border

African migrants lie on the ground after crossing a border fence between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta.

Africans feel forgotten in Europe’s migrant crisis

 An African migrant lies on the ground after crossing a border fence between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta. .

Desperate journeys : 3,034 refugees die in seven months

Almost as many Europe-bound asylum seekers and irregular migrants have died on desperate journeys so far this year than in all of 2015, the deadliest year on record for refugees. At least 3,034 refugees perished on the Mediterranean Sea between January 1 and July 28 of 2016, compared with 1,970 in almost the same period a year earlier – an increase of 54 percent, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
In all of 2015, at least 3,771 refugees lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean. Many believe that given the alarming figures, 2016 will set a new record for refugee deaths, as calls by human rights organisations to provide safer passages go largely ignored. “We are well on track to exceeding the total number of known deaths that occurred in 2015,” Niels Frenzen, director of the Immigration Clinic at USC Gould School of Law, told Al Jazeera. “I don’t expect the crisis, which is many different crises, to be resolved any time soon … Harsher policies that focus more on border control and less on humanitarian protection are likely.”

Sub-Saharan refugees and migrants wait for assistance

Sub-Saharan refugees and migrants wait for assistance in an overcrowded dinghy off the coast of Libya.