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Stephanie Linus commence advocacy against sex trafficking in Italy

Credits: The Guardian Nigeria   Nigerian actress and movie producer Stephanie Linus has recently arrived Italy to give support to Nigerian youths rescued from the clutches of human traffickers while trying to migrate to Europe via Libya. The UNFPA ambassador has also raised her voice against the high sex trafficking of Nigerian women and girls […]

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Tony Elumelu To Empower 3000 African Entrepreneurs

Credits: Capital Campus   Nigerian Businessman, Mogul Tony Elumelu created a self-titled foundation with an aim to empower Africa’s best and brightest entrepreneurs. Speaking about what lead to the creation of the foundation, Elumelu is quoted saying, ” As an entrepreneur myself, I understand what it feels like to yearn for a lifeline, to hope […]

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Migrants: between 90 and 100 people reported missing off Libyan coast

Credits: RFI   The Libyan navy announced on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 that, based on the story of survivors, between 90 and 100 migrants had disappeared in the Mediterranean following the sinking of their boat.   Between 90 and 100 migrants have disappeared in the Mediterranean after the sinking of their boat off the coast […]

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Sixty-four migrants died after boat sinks off Libya coast

Credits: AFP   Up to sixty-four African migrants have died when the overcrowded rubber dinghy they had left Libya with sank in the Mediterranean, authorities said on Monday.   The Italian Coast Guard managed to rescue eighty-six passengers from the boat after it began to deflate on Saturday morning, according to an official of the […]

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Returnees: “Today, I have a clearer vision of the future”

Koné Amara 28 years old, Ivory Coast “Today, I have a clearer vision of the future”   Koné Amara, a 28-year-old Ivorian from Aboisso, came to Tunisia in November 2016 to try to reach Europe.   “A friend of mine in Ivory Coast put me in touch with an Ivorian based in Tunis. She told […]

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Libya, the words of survivors

Credits: RFI   The Grand reportage of RFI today takes us in the footsteps of the victims of human trafficking in Africa, the so-called “migrants” who lived through hell in Libya as they tried to reach Europe. We chose to give the floor to those who managed to leave the country. “Libya, words of survivors” […]

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Italy rescues over 250 migrants off Libyan coast

Credits: Africanews   More than 250 migrants were rescued in the central Mediterranean, off the coast of Libya, during the night between Monday and Tuesday, Italy’s Coast Guard said.   The non-governmental organisation Proactiva Open Arms picked up a rubber dinghy carrying 134 people, including seven children, on Monday night. They were to be transferred […]

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In Libya, Nigerian mafia involved in migrants’ exploitation

Credits: Le Monde   After the CNN viral video showing slave markets in Libya, many African heads of state have blamed those countries, denouncing racism and crimes against their “brothers”. But if Libyans do indeed benefit from the smuggling of migrants, those returning from hell are also the prey of sub-Saharan mafia groups on the spot, […]

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Nigerians return home with a warning to others: Don’t go to Libya

Credits: CNN   They seemed like any other young couple in love, proudly showing off their baby. But theirs is no ordinary love story. Love has blossomed in the most unusual but uplifting circumstances for Nigerian migrants Mabel Emmanuel, 27, and Henry Stevens, 28, who met after she was kidnapped in Libya during an attempt […]

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170 Senegalese migrants to arrive today from Libya at LSS airport

Credits: Xalimanews   The Government of Senegal, through the National Committee for the Management of Refugees, Returnees and Displaced Persons (CNRRPD), is organizing on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:15 pm, the reception and assistance of 170 Senegalese migrants from Libya through a charter flight. The reception will take place at the pilgrim’s hangar at […]

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More than 1,500 in a room: in Libya, enslaved migrants try to survive

Credits: CNN   It was just two weeks ago. On November 14, CNN broadcast published a shocking report shot in Libya. Refugees and migrants were sold as slaves for a bunch of money. The video sparked a wave of indignation to the highest level, even up to Emmanuel Macron who called these acts a “crime […]

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Libya: Video shows dozens of Moroccan migrants in Zuwarah

Credits: Le Monde   A video, published on November 17, shows the conditions of Moroccan migrants in an overcrowded prison in Zuwarah (Libya) near the Tunisian border. About thirty men are crammed in the same room without windows. There is no official figure on the number of Moroccan migrants held captive in Libya.   “Algerians, […]

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Who are the gangs that sell migrants like slaves in Libya?

Credits: Reuters   There are many questions about the identity of those behind the sale of migrants into slavery in Libya, following the “CNN” video reporting on the situation of immigrants in this country. The video showed immigrants for sale in public auction and caused a lot of resentment in African and international circles.   […]

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Paul Pogba dedicates goal to migrants sold as slaves in Libya

Credits: CNN   Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba used a triumphant performance for the English Premier League club to highlight the issue of migrants sold into slavery in Libya, after an exclusive CNN investigation last week.   After scoring the third goal in his side’s 4-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday, the 24-year-old celebrated […]

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People for sale

Credits: CNN   “Eight hundred,” says the auctioneer. “900 … 1,000 … 1,100 …” Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars — the equivalent of $800. Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not “merchandise” at all, but two human beings.   One of the unidentified men being sold in the grainy […]

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Two Dozen African Girls Dead at Sea

Credits: Cesare Abbate/ANSA, via AP   Earlier this month, the bodies of 26 teenagers were found floating in the Mediterranean Sea. The corpses were sent to Salerno, Italy, where autopsies are being conducted to determine the details of their deaths. The girls were probably victims of sex trafficking, originally picked up in southern Nigeria, held […]

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Dangers Of Illegal Migration By Nigerians

Credits: Independent.ng   Nigerian women, totalling 26, whose ages range from 14 to 18 were reportedly found dead recently in a Spanish warship as they tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea. According to British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that made the disclosure, the deceased might have been sexually abused and murdered. It was reported that following […]

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Djiby: “We must develop projects in Africa and stop dreaming of Europe”

Credits: Djiby Dia   At 24, Djiby Dia left everything to try to reach Europe. After a month the journet of the Senegalese stops in a detention center in Libya. Back in his country, the young man tries through his songs to discourage other migrants to leave.   The trip from Senegal to Libya lasted […]

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The plight of African migrants kidnapped in Libya

Credits: FranceInfo   On November 9th,”Complément d’enquête” looks to the trafficking of human beings. That of migrants is booming. The extract is taken from a report in Bani Walid, one of Libyan hubs, 150 kilometers from the coast.   Like hundreds of other Africans, this Ivorian man was kidnapped by traffickers. Abducted and beaten with […]

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Are migrants and refugees a “vulnerable group” in the context of human trafficking?

Credits: ICMPD Over the past two years, there have been significant shifts in migratory trends along the main overland and sea routes to the EU: the Central Mediterranean route from Libya; and the Eastern Mediterranean/Western Balkan routes from Turkey. Data from IOM on refugees and migrants using these routes show that the number of people […]

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Seven bodies found in migrants’ boat while hundreds rescued

Credits: Al Alam   The Italian Coast Guard announced the discovery of the bodies of seven migrants off the Libyan coast as part of several relief operations that allowed the rescue of 900 migrants.   Eight rescue operations coordinated by the Italian coast guard rescued migrants who were trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya […]

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In Algiers, new migrants weakened by the departure of the previous ones

Credits: Bachir / Le Monde   In the picture, they pose near a beautiful fountain in the heart of a garden. Desiree, Helen and Grace are in Italy and they publicly show it on social networks. These Cameroonian women have lived between two and six years in Algeria, in the same neighborhood. “Almost everyone we knew in the […]

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Libyan path to Europe turns into dead end for desperate migrants

Credits: Francesco Semprini / La Stampa   In the humanitarian horror that Libya has become, the migrant detention centre at Abu Salim is by no means the worst. Migrant centres in this country, packed with thousands of people seized on the trafficking routes that criss-cross Libya, have become renowned for forced labour, beatings, torture and rape.   […]

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Migrants taking deadly boat crossings to Europe after fleeing forced labour in Libya

Credits: The Independent   “Sometimes they would just come and take you, make you do your work and then go. If you asked for money, you were looking for your death.” Bright, a 29-year-old Nigerian man, laughs bitterly at the thought of challenging the heavily armed Libyan men who forced him to work in the conflict-ridden […]

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Tunisia becomes a transit country for migrants

Credits: Reuters   Interview – Migrants are back in Tunisia. More and more of them are moving through Maghreb to Europe. Tunisians, according to IOM, but also Ivorians and especially migrants managed to flee Libya, said the Archbishop of Tunis, Ilario Antoniazzi.   According to the International Organization for Migration, the number of illegal departures of […]

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Traffickers and human smugglers to approach migrants on social media

Credits: La Libre   Fast, efficient, zero cost … Traffickers and human smugglers clearly understood this: the recruitment of victims now passes through Internet and social media. The police and the judicial bodies, who keep tracking of their movements, use the same media as additional investigative tools to detect targeted groups, identify the suspects and intercept […]

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The migration of Egyptians across Libya

Credits: Ashraq Al-Awsat   Asharq Al-Awsat is investigating its causes and tracking smuggling routes and their dangers   Unemployment, difficult economic conditions and the search for a better life are driving hundreds of young Egyptians into irregular migration through the Libyan desert, risking their lives in the desert. Asharq Al-Awsat, which sought to trace the […]

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CinemArena: The Italian initiative on the risks of irregular migration

Credits: Le Quotidien   The Italian Cooperation Agency, in partnership with the Directorate of cinematography, has begun to travel around Senegal to raise awareness on the risks of irregular migration among potential migrants. Throughout a 45-day campaign called CinémArena, they will use movies to help young people collecting all information on the dangers and the […]

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Migrants: After hell, misery

Crédits: Le DL/Y.G   They left Africa to reach Europe with the hope to embrace a better life. We followed these migrants between Italy and France.   They crossed the desert. Then the sea. Two deadly routes. But on their way to exile, African migrants never really come out of the hellhole. After a perilous […]

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Tunisia: At least 8 deads following collision with military ship

Credits: MaliActu.net   At least eight migrants have died as their boat sank after a collision with a Tunisian military ship off the Kerkennah archipelago on Sunday evening, the Ministry of Defence reported on Monday.   According to the International Organisation for Migration, this tragedy has occurred as the number of departures from Tunisia to Italy has continued […]

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Youth employment: The launch of a project worth 13 billion CFA

Credits: Maliweb   The Radisson Blue Hotel in Bamako has witnessed on Wednesday 20th September the launch of the project “Youth employment creates new opportunities in Mali”. This projects will receive funds for more than 13 billion over a period of four years and it supported by a consortium made up by SNV, ICCO, WASTE (all […]

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A failed journey from Morocco

Credits: In Tarik Sika detention camp, where Khalid Karhi is staying, migrants said there are well-treated. But the conditions are still difficult and most of them want to come back home quickly. / Maryline Dumas   Between 800,000 and 1 million migrants are in Libya waiting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. But a […]

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Young migrants face more dangers after reaching Italy

Credits: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi Mamadu Bassir sits eating a breakfast of warm milk and cookies in a migrants shelter in Rome – one of nearly 65,000 lone youngsters who have survived the perilous sea journey from North Africa to Italy in the past four years.   His meal finished, the gangly 17-year-old tells the story of his […]

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They can’t sail for Europe – so what’s happening to migrants trapped in Libya?

Credits: Migrants walk towards a detention centre near the Libyan coastal town of Garabulli in July 2017 (AFP)   The Surman detention centre, home to hundreds of desperate refugees, is nothing more than a concrete block. It sits near a secondary road in western Libya, some 60 kilometres from Tripoli and close to Sabrata and […]

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Migration: Senegalese Youth To Perish In Libya

Credits: Leral.net For the Senegalese youth after the route from Mauritania to the Canary Islands, the passage through Libya constitutes the new open breach for migrants wishing to reach Europe.   However, this route is not only perilous, but also full of pitfalls and for this reason another hundred migrants perished in the Libyan sea […]

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AFRICAN HOPES: Chalkboard, the e-learning app that works without internet

Crédits : Adrien Bouillot / LeMonde They created an e-learning app in Africa. Until now, there is nothing new. They created an e-learning app in Africa that works without Internet connection and not necessarily to be used on a smartphone: Much more interesting! On a continent where the price of Internet connection is exorbitant in […]

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A Deadly Journey: desert, sea, detention… on the road to Europe

“It’s a big risk for a Nigerian to cross that sea,” said Sonia, knowing firsthand. “The sea is bigger than a river. It’s bigger than a bridge. It’s a very big sea.” Sonia survived; she was rescued when her dinghy capsized on the Mediterranean Sea then transferred to a detention centre in Libya for 11 […]

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The desert of Ténéré: A cemetery for migrants

@Picture alliance/dpa/D.Von Trotha Along migrants’ routes, there would be three times as many deaths in the desert as in the Mediterranean. Some fall from trucks, others are abandoned by smugglers. Candidates for immigration cross this region to go to Libya and reach the Mediterranean and then Europe. But on the road, many are abandoned by […]

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Thanks to the tomato the Nigerian city of Kano is becoming the “Dubai of the Sahel”

Crédits : Benedicte Kurzen/Noor pour LeMonde Nigeria: In the north of the country, this old caravan stage, now a megalopolis, is relying on agro-industry to ensure its development. The governor of Kano wants to make his state – and the eponymous city – a small Nigerian laboratory relying on a specific product: the tomato. The […]

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Gambians returned from the Libyan hell want to discourage dangerous journey towards Europe

Crédits : MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP Two migrants repatriated after many difficult years on the continent have created an association to raise awareness and to demand for more job opportunities. After being stripped of his clothes, beaten, enslaved and finally sent back to Gambia, Karamo Keïta is sure that nobody should live the hell he experienced in […]

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Trail of graves await migrants in Sahara Desert trek to new life

Those who survived the punishing journey through the Sahara Desert were forced to dig shallow graves for the four that did not made it. Thirty-six migrants and refugees from across sub-Saharan Africa had been stuffed into the back of a Toyota Hilux by a gang smuggling them to Libya. In the searing heat, several died […]

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Arrests, torture and ransoms: the hell of migrants in Libya

 © AFP/MAHMUD TURKIA In Libya, dozens of migrants are detained by Libyan armed groups in the town of Sabratha, west of Tripoli. These groups are demanding ransoms from families. The process seems to be repeating itself for several months.

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Under pressure, the smugglers do not hesitate to throw migrants into the sea

Photo Anna Surinyach. AP   Wednesday and Thursday, smugglers, fearing to be intercepted by the authorities, threw 300 Somalis and Eritreans into the sea off the coast of Yemen in the Gulf of Aden. 3,501 people have already lost their lives in 2017 by fleeing their country according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). […]

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Migrants in Egypt: do you need assistance?

Bosla is an information website detailing services made available for you, with a directory of organizations and online referral guide for services provided in Egypt. Source:  Bosla Egypt

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Migrants in Tunisia: do you need assistance?

The Migration Resources Centres offer: Insertion, orientation and information to live in Tunisia; Information and assistance to help you prepare your return and reintegration in your country; A detailed list of contacts of associations offering migrants assistance services. Source:  Migration resources centres

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AFRICAN HOPES: the “success story” of moringa

Helping farmers to earn money from the moringa culture and transformation is the ambition of Kwami Williams, a young Ghanaian graduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “My life experiences are all related to a specific passion: designing and developing entrepreneurial solutions addressing challenges faced by marginalized and poor African people” said the 26-year-old, […]

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AFRICAN HOPES: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS: WEAVING AND COMPETENCIES

Elisabeth Delma, a pastor’s wife, wanted to propose to the women who asked for help an alternative to  money donations. As a trained weaver, she created in Ouagadougou, 40 years ago, a center for designing traditional Burkina Faso cloths, the Faso Danfani. Today, 63 years old, Elisabeth Delma trained no less than 200 women in […]

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Migrants in Libya ‘not treated like humans’

Photo: Washington Post Libya, the biggest jumping-off point for migrants trying to reach Europe, is now home to a thriving trade in humans. Unable to pay exorbitant smuggling fees or swindled by traffickers, some of the world’s most desperate people are being held as slaves, tortured or forced into prostitution. Source: read the complete report […]

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Innovative Africa: Community active

Woelab in Lome, Togo. Wecycle, in Lagos, Nigeria. RLabs in Cape Town, South Africa. Three initiatives of three african young people, who chhosed to stay and resolve the problems of their society. Source: Aljazzera doc: Innovative Africa

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Egypt: “Crossroads” a multimedia project about migration

Made in 2014 “Crossroads” is a multimedia project (http://www.egypt.iom.int/crossroads/) and documentary film designed to explore experiences of migrants moving in mixed and complex flows to, from and through Egypt, displaying the broad spectrum of diverse migration realities. The 30 minute documentary film presents the stories of six migrants.The project is a product of MMTF-NOAH, the Mixed […]

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In a crisis, migrant have more difficulties

During a crisis: war, riots, natural disaster… migrants have more difficulties and may have different needs compared to other affected populations. A video by The Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative:

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The Migrant Project

The Migrant Project provide facts and current news on migration in multiple languages that is easily understandable and accessible to migrants.

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Africa, new technologies and creativity

an Italian journalist, tells us of an African continent that, despite the difficulties, is looking for innovative solutions to meet the challenges of the third millennium.

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Senegal; the hard life of women left behind by migrants

©Photo: Laura Dean for the Globe&Mail African migrants often depend on women and families to make their journeys possible – and as more die in the sea crossings, many question whether sending breadwinners to Europe is worth risking their lives. Senegal is consistently among the top-10 countries of origin of migrants arriving in Italy, despite the fact that, […]

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Mediterranean rescue as 30 drown

At least 30 migrants, some of them young children, have drowned after falling into the sea off the Libyan coast, Italy’s coastguard says.

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Migrant life in Libya: Beaten, kidnapped, sold

Almost all of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who try to cross from North Africa to Europe take the perilous route through Libya. Most journeys, and dreams, are thwarted in the Libyan oasis town of Sabha, which has become a new kind of hell for migrants.

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