Monthly press listing July 2012
1. Illegal migrants arrested in Nairobi
The Standardmedia, July 09, 2012
Police said they had been tipped off before they staged the raid at about 1pm. The arrest came a week after police in Tanzania arrested survivors when 42 immigrants were found suffocated to death inside an overcrowded truck. Seventy-four other people were inside the truck when it was stopped in central Dodoma province.
2. Two Kenyan aid workers and Somali doctor kidnapped: Police
Daily Nation July 12 2012
Two Kenyan aid workers and a Somali doctor were kidnapped in lawless northern Somalia on Wednesday, probably by pirates, a local police official told AFP.
3. Kenyas Dadaab camp: aid agencies make appeal
BBC News: Africa July 12 2012
Aid agencies working in the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya say they are running out of funds, putting tens of thousands of lives at risk.
4. Dadaab life in pictures: Actors and millionaires
BBC News: Africa July 12 2012
5. Early drought prompts conflict
IRIN July 26, 2012
WAJIR, 26 July 2012 (IRIN) - Parts of northeastern Kenya, which are experiencing an early drought after poor March-May long rains, have seen deadly clashes over water and pasture, say officials.Migrant pastoralists from parts of the northeast and subsistence farmers in the neighbouring eastern and coastal regions of Meru, Kitui and Lamu have clashed, with several deaths reported in Meru and Kitui after the destruction of crops there by large herds of migrating livestock.
6. Three policemen injured in Dadaab
Daily Nation July 25, 2012
Three police officers have been injured after an explosion hit their vehicle in Dagahaley, northern Kenya.The policemen from the Dagahaley Police Station were escorting vehicles belonging to CARE International prior to the 11.35am incident within the Dadaab refugee camp.“The officers have been taken to hospital and there could be more injuries because there were civilians around the area where the explosion occurred.
7. Scores detained as dream for jobs fail
Daily Nation July 13, 2012
More than 80 Kenyans are stranded and starving in a transitional detention camp in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the Nation has learnt.The group said to have left the country with hopes of securing employment in the Middle East called on the government to rescue them.
8. Ethiopian refugee builds new life for self and others
Reliefweb July 07, 2012
With a record number of Ethiopian refugees entering Yemen last year, aid groups scramble to meet the needs of those fleeing war, political persecution, famine and drought. Lost in the statistics are the personal stories of the people who make the arduous journey to Yemen. Kirubel Lemma, 32, left his native Ethiopia in 2001, and he shares his story with the Yemen Times.
9. Ethiopia bans citizens from jobs in the UAE
The National, July 25 2012
DUBAI //Ethiopia has banned its citizens from applying for domestic or blue-collar jobs in the UAE until an agreement can be reached to protect their rights.http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/tn.ae_news/news_uae;lev1=home;sz=300x250;tile=2;ord=123456789?The Ethiopian consul general said the freeze was a temporary move aimed at rooting out unscrupulous recruiters and abuse.
10. 20,000 flee Moyale clashes –Red Cross
BBC July 28, 2012
Ethnic clashes in southern Ethiopia are reported to have left at least 18 people dead and 12 others injured.
11. Eritrea's brutal trade in weapons and people that is too lucrative to stamp out
The Guardian, July 17, 2012
Refugees smuggled with arms from Eritrea to Sinai face weeks of torture as captives of criminal gangs – under noses of the UN
12. Somali elders stall political transition over constitution concerns
Reliefweb July 09, 2012
NAIROBI — Time is running out for Somalia to end its long-running political transition and elect a new president in accordance with a U.N.-backed plan. But a group of elders is holding up the process due to concerns about the draft constitution.
13. Somali refugee population in Horn of Africa passes one million, but exodus slows
UN High Commissioner for Refugees July 17, 2012
Somalia's refugee exodus crossed a new threshold this past week, with more than a million people now having fled the country for the surrounding region, according to the latest UNHCR data. The most recent arrivals continue to cite insecurity and dwindling food resources as the main reasons for their flight.
14. Somalia after the famine: 10 simple questions
World Food Programme, July 17 2012
Twelve months after the declaration of famine in Somalia, WFP provides ten simple questions with relative answers in order to better explain what the situation is now like. July 20 is the one-year anniversary of the declaration of famine in Somalia – a moment which for many marked the start of the 2011 food crisis in the Horn of Africa. What’s the situation 12 months on? Here are 10 simple questions with (relatively) simple answers:
15. Return to Mogadishu
IRIN, July 17, 2012
Thousands of people who fled insecurity and fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu have returned to the city since the August 2011 departure of Al-Shabab insurgents, according to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR).
16. Oxfam Warns That 'Deepening Emergency' May Be Two Months Away
Press release, July 17, 2012
One year after the declaration of famine in Somalia, a quarter of the country's population are still surviving on humanitarian aid and over a million people could fall back into food crisis in the next two months, international agency Oxfam warned today. The agency is calling on the international community to increase investment in both emergency aid and long-term development so Somalis can sustain themselves through drought and conflict.
17. In two days, nearly 260 African refugees arrived in Taiz
Yemen Times July 05, 2012
SANA’A, July 4 — The Ministry of Interior reported on its website that 259 refugees arrived in Taiz last week from the Horn of Africa.Two hundred twenty-five refugees arrived at the Dobab Coast; 34 others arrived at Mocha Coast.
18 . Land mines stall IDP return to the south
Yemen Times July 05 2012
ADEN, June 27 — When Yemen’s Defence Ministry announced in mid-June that militants of the Ansar al-Sharia group, which had controlled the southern governorate of Abyan since May 2011, had been routed, 40-year-old Saleh Salim Abu Khalil decided to go and check on his home in Al-Kood District.
19. Suspected suicide bombing at police academy kills at least 22
The Guardian, July 11 2012
At least 22 people have been killed in a large explosion, believed to be a suicide bombing, at the Yemeni police academy in the capital Sana'a, medics and a police source said.
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20. Egypt-Libya: Misery for stranded refugees
IRIN, July 11 2012
Salloum camp in western Egypt about 5km from the Libyan border is home to about 2,000 refugees, failed asylum seekers and third country nationals who fled Libya in 2011 and cannot return to their countries of origin.
21. North Africa: One Survivor, 54 Die At Sea Attempting the Voyage to Italy from Libya
All Africa July 10 2012
Press Release: It is with great sadness that UNHCR received the news that 54 people perished attempting the sea journey from Libya to Italy. According to the sole survivor, an Eritrean man, 55 people boarded the boat in Libya in late June. He reported that all the other passengers died of dehydration during a 15 day ordeal.
22. Justice Ministry steps up fight against infiltrators
Ynetnews,July 07, 2012
New legislation proposes to criminalize wire transfers sent by illegal migrant workers to their families abroad. Offense will carry penalty of NIS 29,200 or a six-month prison sentence. Eritrean refugee: Bill will endanger lives of our sick, elderly relatives.
23. MIGRATION: Human smugglers profit as tragedies multiply
IRIN July 11 2012
JOHANNESBURG, 11 July 2012 (IRIN) - When Abdo Giro*, a 55-year-old evangelist minister and political dissident from southern Ethiopia, paid smugglers 55,000 birr (US$3,095) to take him from the Kenyan border town of Moyale to Johannesburg in South Africa, he was completely unprepared for the ordeal that lay ahead.
24. Court orders Cape town to process asylum claims
IRIN July 25, 2012
JOHANNESBURG, 25 July 2012 (IRIN) - Refugee rights organizations in Cape Town are breathing a sigh of relief following a high court judgement that will force the Department of Home Affairs to reverse a policy of not accepting new asylum-seeker applications at the region’s only Refugee Reception Office (RRO).
25. Greece: Migrants describe fear on the streets
HRW July 17, 2012
(Athens) – The Greek authorities are failing to tackle a rising wave of xenophobic violence that has left migrants afraid to walk the streets.