Mediterranean migrant shipwreck toll reaches 65

Mediterranean migrant shipwreck toll reaches 65

Some 65 people have drowned off the coast of Tunisia, after their boat sank early Friday about 83 kilometers from the shore as they attempted a Mediterranean Sea crossing. Another 16 people were rescued and brought to the coastal city of Zarzis by the Tunisian Navy, according to UNHCR, the…

New UNSMIL report details African migrant horrors in Libya

Migrants and refugees are being subjected to “unimaginable horrors” from the moment they enter Libya, and at every stage of their journey as they seek to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to a report released Thursday by UNSMIL, the UN Support Mission in Libya. The 61-page report is based on…

Angola defends crackdown on Congolese refugees, illegal mines

Officials in Angola defended on Tuesday the closure of 67 illegal diamond mine operations as part of its “Operation Transparency” crackdown, a National Police effort in seven provinces meant to curb illegal mining and migration. Police spokesman António Bernardo told state news agency ANGOP that some 260 Congolese migrants left…

UNHCR says traffickers in Libya are impersonating their staff

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says human traffickers and smugglers in Libya are impersonating their humanitarian aid staff, wearing UNHCR vests and other items to deceive migrants. Citing reliable reports from their sources and refugees, UNHCR said the practice pops up at smuggling hubs and disembarkation points where migrant…

Libyan militias force nearly 2,000 IDPs from Tripoli settlement

Nearly 2,000 people living in Tripoli in an internally displaced persons (IDP) settlement have been forcibly evicted by armed militias, the United Nations Refugee Agency said Tuesday. Triq Al Matar was the largest IDP settlement in Tripoli, hosting families originally from the city of Tawergha who have lived there since…

UNHCR: Cameroon needs to protect Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram

Cameroon continues to return Nigerian refugees and asylum seekers entering the country’s far north region in what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says is a violation of the international principle of non-refoulement. Some 385 Nigerians have been forcibly returned by the Cameroonian government, despite the fact that…

Both sides report breach of South Sudan ceasefire agreement

South Sudanese leaders on both sides of the nation’s civil war say a truce supposed to go into effect on December 24 has been breached. The opposition SPLA-IO said in a press statement that government forces launched a 6 a.m. attack against their fighters in Koch County, with additional reports…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times