MIGRATION

Nigeria swings into action on stranded citizens in Libya

Following harsh criticisms of its perceived indifference to the suffering of thousands of its citizens who are stranded in Libya, Nigeria’s federal government has finally swung into action. After meeting with heads of agencies in charge of migration in Abuja on Wednesday, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo announced that Nigeria was considering urgent and permanent solutions to the plight of Nigerians refugees …

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Why Europe’s panic over migration is a big opportunity for Africa

The EU-African Summit, bringing together African and European leaders in Abidjan from 29-30 November, is a chance to find a win-win solution, argues the International Crisis Group’s Elissa Jobson* Video footage of African migrants detained on their way to Europe being sold as slaves in Libya has provoked outrage and dismay in Africa and the wider international community. As a …

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Families of Moroccans Stranded in Libya Protest in Rabat

Dozens of families of Moroccan migrants detained in Libya protested in Rabat on Monday, November 27, calling on Moroccan authorities to help their relatives return home as soon as possible. Sana Elouazi reports from Rabat Gathered in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarter in Rabat, the demonstrators, who came from several Moroccan cities, lambasted the “slowness” of authorities, …

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Mediterranean is “by far world’s deadliest border” for migrants, says UN

A new study released by the International Migration Organization has described the Mediterranean as the world’s deadliest border, revealing that more than 33,700 migrants have died or gone missing in the sea since 2000. The International Organization for Migration has released a report in which it concludes that Europe’s Mediterranean border is “by far the world’s deadliest.” The report, presented …

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Video:  ‘You become an animal in Libya’ – Malian warns

Modibo, a 16-year-old Malian who arrived in France a few weeks ago, wants to warn those planning to come to Europe about the reality of travelling via Libya. “You mustn’t venture there,” he says about Libya. “You mustn’t cross this country. You become an animal there.” The young, angry migrant would like other Africans thinking of travelling through Libya in …

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Condemning Libya’s migrant slave auctions not enough, says Ivorian leader

President Alassane Ouattara has expressed his “disgust” at recent revelations over African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya, demanding that those guilty of these crimes be brought to justice by the International Criminal Court. President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire has said that condemning the auctioning of African migrants as slaves in Libya is not enough, calling for the …

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Protests in Berlin against Libyan slave auction

CNN report showing trade in sub-Saharan migrants in Libya has sparked outrage in Africa and the global Black community. Protesters turned out in Berlin on Saturday to express their anger and make demands. More than 500 people gathered in front of the Libyan embassy in Berlin on Saturday (25 November) to express their outrage at the widespread violation of the …

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African leaders blame Europe for migrants’ situation in Libya

Mali has blamed “external intervention” for the chaos that reigns throughout Libya given the NATO-led bombing campaign in 2011. Addressing the European Parliament on Wednesday (22 November) in Brussels, Abdoulaye Diop, Malian minister of foreign affairs, said the raids were “carried out without a strategic vision, without a plan, and without the ability to manage the consequences.” The bombing campaign …

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Rwanda offers to resettle 30,000 African migrants trapped in Libya

Rwanda could host up to 30,000 African migrants currently stuck in Libya where they are exposed to all forms of abuse, including being sold openly in slave markets. Speaking with New Times, a Rwandan newspaper, on Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said that talks were currently under way with the African Union Commission. Mushikiwabo said Rwanda, despite not having …

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France calls urgent UN meeting over slave trading in Libya

France has called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over slave-trading in Libya as President Emmanuel Macron condemned the auctioning of Africans as a crime against humanity. “France decided this morning to ask for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss this issue,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament on Wednesday (22 November). …

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“It was total hell in Libya,” Cameroon returnee narrates

Some 250 Cameroonian migrants have been repatriated from Libya following the CNN video footage that showed the sale of migrants in the war-torn country. They arrived at the Yaoundé Nsimalen airport on Tuesday night with tales of woe and suffering. They described a “total hell” that they wouldn’t wish on their “worst enemy” as global outrage grows over footage showing …

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UN to probe Libyan slave trade report

The United Nations will investigate the existence of slave markets in Libya following the CNN report showing that sub-Saharan Africans are being sold as slaves for as little as $400, reports Sertan Sanderson UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that recent reports of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya were “appalling” and could amount to crimes against humanity. …

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Germany’s Black community protests against Libya’s slave trade

Organisations of people of African descent have called for a public protest against the trade in sub-Saharan migrants in Libya on Saturday, 25 November. The event, named ‘Demonstration to End the Enslavement, Rape, Torture and Killings of Blacks in Libya’, will take place in front of the Libyan Embassy in Berlin. Organised by, among other organisations, Black Community Hamburg, Lampedusa …

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Alpha Blondy calls for African action on Libyan slave markets

Legendary Ivorian reggae musician, Alpha Blondy, known in private life as Seydou Kone, has waded into the debate for sub-Saharan African leaders to help protect their citizens wherever they find themselves. His recent call is on the African Union and the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, to take decisive action on migrant abuse in the North African country of Libya, …

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Italy holds funerals for 26 Nigerian women drowned at sea

Italy’s southern city of Salerno held a mass funeral on Friday for 26 young women from Nigeria who drowned earlier this month trying to cross the Mediterranean. Twenty-six coffins were laid out in Salerno’s Monumental Cemetery on Friday morning, watched by a military guard, local politicians, rescue workers and journalists. A Catholic archbishop and a Muslim imam both said prayers. …

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EU deal with Libya on migrants inhuman – UN

The head of human rights at the United Nations has lashed out at the EU’s migration policy towards Libya. In a statement on Tuesday (14 November), UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said forcing rescued people at sea to return to Libya for detention was inhuman. “The suffering of migrants detained in Libya is an outrage to the …

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