Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana arrests 21 foreign nationals for illegal entry

– – Ghanaian officials have arrested 21 foreign nationals for entering the country illegally. The country ‘s Immigration Service said 21 foreign nationals were arrested on Friday, September 3. Those arrested include 19 Malians, one Guinean and one Nigerian. They were on board a commercial bus en-route to the capital Accra. Ghanaian officials said the migrants comprised of 13 females and eight males between the ages of 19 and 54. In statement the Ghana Immigration Service said “Onboard a Yutong bus with registration number GE 852 Z, the migrants were…

Read More
Africa Libya North Africa World 

At least 43 migrants drown after boat sinks off Tunisia

Those rescued, off the Tunisian fishing port of Zarzis, were aged between three and 40, Tunisia’s defence ministry said. – – The nationalities of the rescued include 46 Sudanese nationals, 16 Eritreans, 12 Bangladeshis and five from Egypt. North Africa remains a key transit point for migrants from many countries hoping to reach Europe via the Mediterranean. Libya has been a major route but Tunisia has also become a major hub for years now. – – Some of those fleeing are in search for better living conditions in Europe while…

Read More
Africa Business World 

Azimo offers free remittances amid gloomy World Bank predictions

– – Azimo, the digital money transfer service, is offering a fee-free transfer for all senders on June 16, the UN’s International Day of Family Remittances, after remittance volumes in 2020 beat expectations. The International Day of Family Remittances was launched in 2015 to raise awareness of the contribution that migrant workers make to the economies of their home countries. During 2020, despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, the total volume of remittances sent home by migrant workers fell by just 1.6%, a testament to their resilience and hard work.…

Read More
Africa Gambia West Africa World 

Ex-Gambian President Jammeh tied to killing of 59 migrants

– – Testimony before Gambia’s truth commission implicating then-president Yahya Jammeh in the summary execution in 2005 of about 59 West African migrants should be followed by criminal accountability, Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International said today. From February 24 to March 11, 2021, witnesses told the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) that migrants bound for Europe from Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo, plus their Gambian contact, were held by Jammeh’s top lieutenants in the security services before being murdered by the “Junglers,” a notorious…

Read More
Africa Gambia Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana’s President was misled over migrant massacre in Gambia

– – In 2005, some 59 West African migrants were murdered in the Gambia. The migrants were hoping to reach Senegal enroute to Europe through the Mediterranean. The truth of what actually happened only emerged after ex-leader Yahya Jammeh left office. Since his exit from power in 2017, he has been implicated by some of his former soldiers, who said he ordered the killings. Two Gambian soldiers who worked for Jammeh’s hit squad in 2019 admitted to participating on Jammeh’s orders in the 2005 execution of the 59 West African…

Read More
Africa Featured World 

Fire kills African migrants at detention centre in Yemen

Several African migrants were killed in a fire at a overcrowded migrant detention centre in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a over the weekend. The centre housed migrants mostly from Ethiopia, according to officials with the UN Migration Agency (IOM) who say as many as 30 people died and some 170 reported injured. Migrants and guards are reported to be among the dead. The fire started shortly after renewed Saudi airstrikes in Yemen as UN officials say conditions at the detention facility have been in bad state even before the strike. IOM’s…

Read More
Africa World 

Over 20 migrants die after they were thrown into sea off Djibouti

– – The United Nation has said more than 20 African migrants died after their smugglers threw them overboard off the coast of Djibouti. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), at least 80 people were thrown off to reduce the load on the vessel. The boat was reportedly carrying about 200 migrants, including women and children at the time of the incident. IOM officials say the migrants were headed to Yemen in order to reach Saudi Arabia to seek for jobs. The head of IOM, António Vitorino said…

Read More
Africa Libya North Africa World 

95 African migrants rescued off Libya’s coast

International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said that its officials have rescued 95 migrants off the coast of Libya on Sunday. IOM officials however revealed that many of those rescued suffered from burns and hypothermia. 15 others died at sea with most of those rescued on Sunday are African migrants from Cameroon, Sudan and Mali. Last week IOM officials in Libya also disclosed that more than over 150 migrants were intercepted and returned to the country by its coast guard. ? Tragic news from #Libya as 15 lives were lost…

Read More
Africa Gambia Ghana West Africa World 

Families of migrants killed under Jammeh sue Gambia, Ghana

– – The families of some West African migrants who were killed in Gambia under former leader Yahya Jammeh have sued the governments of Gambia and Ghana. Assisted by ANEKED, they filed complaints on Wednesday against the two governments before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice for infringing several international human rights, including the right to judicial remedies. In July 2005, 44 Ghanaian migrants as well as some 12 other West Africans (from Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, and Côte d’Ivoire) including two women (one reportedly pregnant) forcibly disappeared in The Gambia while on their way to Europe by sea. A…

Read More
Africa Libya Nigeria North Africa World 

Libya: Nigerian man set on fire at Tripoli factory

– – A Nigerian man has been set on fire by three Libyans at a factory in Tripoli, according to officials. Libyan authorities say the three Libyans have been arrested as suspects for killing the Nigerian man. The interior ministry said the three Libyans, all in their 30s, stormed the Tripoli factory where African migrants were working. They then detained one of the workers which happens to be the Nigerian man and then poured petrol on him and set him on fire. The Chief of mission for the International Organization…

Read More