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Cameroon Families Search for Repatriated Migrants

Cameroon Families Search for Repatriated Migrants

Families are in search of loved ones among the more than 2,000 Cameroonian migrants who were rescued in Libya and brought back to the central African state by the International Organization for Migration. More than 100 Cameroonians cheered and sang the central African country’s national anthem upon arrival at the Yaounde-Nsimalen international airport from Libya […]

52 Migrants From Gambia, Nigeria, Others Dead As IOM Rescues 600 in Sahara Desert

52 Migrants From Gambia, Nigeria, Others Dead As IOM Rescues 600 in Sahara Desert

The United Nations migration agency in Niger has saved more than 600 lives since April 2017 through a new search and rescue operation that targets migrants stranded in Sahara Desert, but 52 did not survive. “We are enhancing our capacity to assist vulnerable migrants stranded in Northern Agadez, towards the Niger-Libya border,” said Giuseppe Loprete, […]

UN ramps up cooperation to help hundreds of thousands of desperate refugees and migrants

UN ramps up cooperation to help hundreds of thousands of desperate refugees and migrants

Two United Nations agencies today pledged to join forces and “go the extra mile” by expanding operations in Libya and enhancing their support to migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and Libyans affected by the ongoing conflict. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, joined William Lacy Swing, the Director General of the International Organization for […]

Amid fresh violence in Central African Republic, UN rallies support for displaced

Amid fresh violence in Central African Republic, UN rallies support for displaced

United Nations agencies are seeking to rally support for the people fleeing escalating violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), while the Organization’s human rights office has called for the establishment of a strong justice system in the country. Since fighting flared in May between rebels, more than 68,000 people have fled their homes within […]

UN refugee agency ramps up response as Libya’s humanitarian crisis deepens

UN refugee agency ramps up response as Libya’s humanitarian crisis deepens

Conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy have contributed to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Libya, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to announce plans to step-up its presence and programmes there. Amid the increasing complexity of refugee and migrant movements through and from Libya, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visited Tripoli […]

UN agency works to fill humanitarian vacuum in north DR Congo after aid groups’ departure

UN agency works to fill humanitarian vacuum in north DR Congo after aid groups’ departure

The United Nations migration agency is responding to the urgent humanitarian needs of more than 27,000 displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) eastern province of North Kivu, after many relief aid organizations left camps. Sweden’s development agency has provided 1.6 million SEK, valued at $183,000, to the International Organization for Migration […]

Thousands of migrants rescued on Mediterranean in a single day

Thousands of migrants rescued on Mediterranean in a single day

Nearly 3,000 migrants were rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the United Nations migration agency, which also reported that more than a dozen rescue operations were under way in the area yesterday. Citing the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Rome, IOM spokesperson Joel Millman told reporters today at the regular […]

UN, Mozambique host first-ever forum to fight trafficking of people with albinism

UN, Mozambique host first-ever forum to fight trafficking of people with albinism

United Nations agencies are joining forces with governments in Southern Africa in a push to strengthen protections for persons with albinism, who often fall victim to a raft of abuses, including maiming, trafficking and even murder, linked to the belief that their parts have magical powers in witchcraft potions. A two-day regional forum on preventing […]

Sub-Saharan African men migrants sold in Libya ‘slave markets’, IOM says

Sub-Saharan African men migrants sold in Libya ‘slave markets’, IOM says

Africans trying to reach Europe are being sold by their captors in “slave markets” in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. Victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia groups, they were taken to town squares or car parks to be sold. Migrants with skills like painting or tiling […]

Senegal’s Gold Rush Fuels Human Trafficking From Nigeria

Senegal’s Gold Rush Fuels Human Trafficking From Nigeria

Huddled together in the corner of a dimly-lit bar in southeast Senegal while men swig beer, smoke and shout over the blaring music, Grace and the women beside her are silent and sombre. Despite their sequined tops, colourful make-up and striking hairstyles, these women are not here to party. They are victims of sex trafficking, […]

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