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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Africa Central Africa Featured Libya Rwanda World 

More African refugees from Libya arrive in Rwanda

More African migrants trapped in Libya and seeking refuge have arrived in Rwanda as part of a resettlement program. Those who arrived over the weekend are part of the third batch of refugees, who have been held in detention centres in Libya. The third group had 116 refugees and asylum seekers who were safely evacuated from Libya. Rwanda’s government said the migrants will be staying at Gashura transit centre, about 55km (34 miles) south of the capital, Kigali. That is the same place were the previous 189 refugees and asylum…

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Africa Europe World 

African migrants would still travel to Europe despite dangers

A new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has revealed that African migrants who use illegal routes to travel to Europe would still do it again despite the dangers. There have been reports of many migrants dying in the Mediterranean and the desert as well as being sold into slavery in north Africa. But despite these dangers many of these irregular migrants say they would still make such journeys again without regretting. Almost all the 2,000 irregular migrants surveyed in the report had experienced danger on their journey…

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Africa Europe Featured Libya North Africa World 

Libya: Boat with over 50 passengers capsizes off shores

United Nations officials have said that a boat with more than 50 passengers capsized off the Libyan coast. The exact date of the boat accident was not given but UN officials said on Saturday that “some 70 persons have disembarked back in Libya by the coast guards, after days in distress at sea.” The UNHCR in Libya first broke the news on Saturday saying “A boat carrying over 50 persons capsized off Libyan shores. Rescuers on their way and UNHCR and partners ready to provide medical and humanitarian assistance upon…

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