Monthly press listing October 2012
1. Refugee relocation order sparks concern
IRIN News, October 17, 2012
ISIOLO, 17 October 2012 (IRIN) - Amid rising insecurity, a senior official in Kenya’s North Eastern Province has ordered all refugees and unregistered migrants from neighbouring Somalia to move to the under-resourced Dadaab refugee complex by 20 October or face forced relocation.
2. Dadaab: Leaders must not fail refugees in the world’s largest camp
MEDICIN SAN FRONTIERES, October 01,2012
This week, government leaders gather in Geneva for the 63rd UNHCR Executive Committee meeting, while in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, Somali refugees continue to live in extreme conditions and fear.
3. Pastoralists too can be displaced
IRIN, October 31, 2012
ISIOLO, 31 October 2012 (IRIN) - Can pastoralists, who spend much of their lives itinerant, in search of pasture, become displaced? They can, and up to 400,000 pastoralists in northern Kenya are currently internally displaced persons [IDPs], according to a new report.
4. Sheikhs and Shekels: the real cost of war
IRIN News October 12, 2012
SANA’A, 12 October 2012 (IRIN) - Sheikh Nasser Shareef grimaced as he described the state of public services in his tribal area in Marib Governorate, about 100km east of Yemen’s capital Sana’a. “Very bad. We don’t even have a police station. And hospitals and schools are empty. There’s no one and nothing inside them, no services,” he told IRIN.
5. Yemen looks to end Ethiopian migrants in Country
Bikyamasr October 22 2012
ADDIS ABABA: Yemen is looking to implement a new series of measures that would curtail the rising number of Ethiopian migrants that are entering the Arab Peninsula through its borders.
6. Renewed violence in Abyan
Yemen Times October 25 2012
SANA’A, Oct. 25 — New clashes broke out between Ansar Al-Sharia militants, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's franchise in Yemen, and military forces in Abyan on Saturday. Government warplanes intensified their air raids in pursuit of Ansar Al-Sharia affiliates. In retaliation, militants carried out several suicide bombings targeting military sites.
7. Better life eludes African migrants in Yemen
Aljazeera October 12 2012
Thousands of African migrants have arrived in Yemen this year, drawn by the promise of a better future. But many find they are no better off now than they were at home.
The UN says there has been a 30 per cent rise in refugees landing in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country from Ethiopia and Somalia.
8. Wary Yemen refugees returning to former Qaeda-run towns
Reuters October 17 2012
Yemenis who fled the fighting after al Qaeda militants occupied their home towns are now under pressure to go home, but many are hesitating for fear of the group's lingering influence despite assurances that the area east of Aden is now safe.
9. Somali refugees flow into Yemen
Yemen Post October 20 2012
About 55 Somali refugees who have no identification documents were arrested in an entrance of the port city of Aden on Saturday, security sources affirmed.
The sources said the Somali refugees who included women and children were arrested while they were coming from Shabwah governorate in which Al-Qaeda militants are active. Foreigners including Somalis were frequently arrested while fighting to the side of Al-Qaeda in Shabwa and Abyan.
10. Eritrea and Yemen allegedly “conspire” to deport refugees
Sudantribune October 4, 2012
October 4, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - An exiled Eritrean opposition political organization has denounced what it said was a “security arrangement” between Eritrea and Yemen to deport thousands of Eritrean refugees, most ethnically Afar fishermen who sought asylum in the Gulf state.
11. Yemen Humanitarian snapshot
Reliefweb October 15 2012
12. UN to open new camp in Ethiopia to host refugees
Ethiopian Press Agency, October 21 2012
Addis Ababa — The United Nations refugee agency yesterday announced it will open a new camp in Ethiopia as the number of Somalis fleeing conflict and insecurity in their country continues to grow, according to UN report.
13. Number of Somali refugees in Eastern Ethiopia swells to 170,000
UNHCR, October 19, 2012
Dollo Ado, Ethiopia — The number of Somali refugees in a series of camps in an arid, harsh area of south-eastern Ethiopia has passed the 170,000 mark, making Dollo Ado the world's second largest refugee complex.
14. Ethiopias ONLF Rebellion
IRIN October 29, 2012
Nairobi — Any hopes for an imminent end to conflict in Ethiopia’s Somali region were dashed earlier this month when talks between the government and the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) broke down.
15. Somali migrants relocated to Denmark
Somali Swiss October 18 2012
Seven migrants from Somalia, including a family of five and two single adults who were granted subsidiary protection in Malta, have left Malta to start a new life in Denmark.
16. 250 Somali students off to Turkey for further studies
African Review October 22 2012
Some 250 Somali students have left for further studies in Turkey under a scholarship programme.
The students left Mogadishu on Sunday for Istanbul and came from different parts of Somalia, with most of them having qualified after being vetted online.
The Turkish Ambassador to Somalia, Dr Koni Torun, saw the students off and disclosed that the scholarship holders would be attending various universities.
17. For new Prime Minister Shirdon, security and economy top priorities
Africa Review October 21 2012
While seeking the endorsement of the Federal Parliament in Mogadishu last Wednesday, new premier Abdi Farah Shirdon vowed to focus on improving security particularly in the troubled southern and central regions of Somalia, with resuscitation of the economy also a top priority.
For many Somalis, violent deaths from terrorism remain freshly etched in their minds, making the prime minister's guarantee of fixing security welcome.
18. Tanzania stern warning to illegal immigrants
Africa Review October 12 2012
Tanzania will have no sympathy for illegal immigrants from the Horn of Africa, even if caught using the country only as a transit route, a minister said.
The minister for East African Cooperation, Mr Samuel Sitta, said on Monday during a visit to the Holili border post in the north that Tanzania was bound by international obligations not to offer passage for illegal migrants.
19. Sudanese asylum seekers in Tel Aviv rally against deportation
Africa Review October 23 2012
Hundreds of Sudanese citizens living in Israel on Sunday held a protest against plans by Interior minister Eli Yishai to imprison and expel some 15,000 asylum seekers. Demonstrators held signs reading; "We are refugees, not infiltrators, we’re all human beings -- where is the Jewish morality?" and; "We're not criminals -- why are we being put in jail?" The demonstrators called on the United Nations' Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to intercede on their behalf.
20. South Sudan growing xenophobia to Kenyans worrying
Africa Review October 15 2012
A community development consultant based in South Sudan in a story published in the widely-circulating Sunday Nation this week intimated that Kenyans seeking investment opportunities or jobs in that country have abused the hospitality accorded to them, resulting in several killings.
The consultant suggested several Kenyans are in South Sudan illegally and lacked the necessary permits, leading to their mistreatment and in a number of instances, eventual murder.
21. Horn of Africa to benefit from $38million European Commission boost
Africa Review October 23 2012
An estimated one million people in Ethiopia and Somalia are expected to benefit from the $38 million increase in aid from the European Commission, officials said.
According to a press statement, the money from the Commission's Emergency Aid Reserve (EAR), will mainly be used in the provision of humanitarian assistance and to help build the resilience of the vulnerable communities from future disasters.
22. Ban on mass migrants arrest ‘irrelevant’
Senior Interior Ministry official says arrests of illegal African migrants to begin "in matter of weeks" despite court prohibition.
23. 55 migrants arrested near Israeli border
Egypt Independent October 01, 2012
Fifty-five migrants from three different groups were arrested while trying to illegally enter Israel through the Egyptian border, a security source said. The source said a police patrol spotted 13 migrants near the international mark No. 50 in central Sinai, 26 near the international mark No. 80, and 16 near mark No. 17. All were arrested and are being detained in Arish Prison.
24. Anti-migrant sentiment increasing
IRIN October, 10 2012
JOHANNESBURG, 10 October 2012 (IRIN) - Distrust of foreigners has increased in South Africa in the four years since a wave of xenophobic violence swept the country. Some 67 percent of South Africans say they do not trust foreigners at all, compared to 60 percent in 2008, survey findings released this week revealed.