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Plus de 300 clandestins morts noyés la semaine dernière en mer Méditerranée

GENEVE, 26 août (HCR) – Plus de 300 personnes ont trouvé la mort durant leur tentative de traversée irrégulière depuis l'Afrique du Nord vers l'Europe la semaine dernière, ce qui porte le bilan des naufrages cette année à près de 1 900 personnes, y compris environ 1 600 depuis juin.

« Ces derniers jours ont été les plus meurtriers de 2014 en Méditerranée pour les personnes qui effectuent des traversées irrégulières vers l'Europe, avec au moins trois embarcations ayant chaviré ou coulé », a indiqué Melissa Fleming, porte-parole du HCR, aux journalistes à Genève.

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

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World + 8 others
Three boat tragedies in five days on the Mediterranean – scores feared dead

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days

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Libya + 2 others
170 bodies of African migrants found from Libya shipwreck

08/25/2014 19:14 GMT

GUARABOULI, August 25, 2014 (AFP) - Libyan rescuers have recovered the bodies of around 170 people after a boat carrying illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sank at sea last week, a coast guard official said Monday.

"We freed about 100 bodies trapped in the hold of the 16-metre (50-foot) wooden boat which foundered not far from the coast," Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP.

Another 70 bodies were washed up by the tide, including five young children, he said.

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Ethiopia + 4 others
Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 25 August 2014

KEY EVENTS

  • The number of nutrition hotspot priority one woredas increased by 64.5 per cent from 76 to 125 between April and August of this year.

  • WFP will face critical funding shortfalls for its refugee operation from the end of September onwards. US$42 million is urgently needed to cover needs until January 2015.

KEY FIGURES

  • South Sudanese refuge arrivals (since mid-December) 187,206 Source: UNHCR

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Italy + 3 others
Deadly migrant crossings push issue up EU agenda

08/26/2014 13:38 GMT

by Angus MACKINNON

ROME, August 26, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's navy said Tuesday it had recovered 24 corpses from the latest capsize of a boat carrying migrants from Africa, as EU officials debated action over the perilous efforts to reach European shores.

More than 300 would-be immigrants have been killed in recent days in disasters asea in the Mediterranean, many near Italy.

The 24 bodies were recovered after a fishing boat with nearly 400 people on board went down off Libya on Sunday evening.

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Italy + 3 others
EU 'appalled' by migrant dead off Italy

08/24/2014 13:27 GMT

BRUSSELS, August 24, 2014 (AFP) - The European Union's Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said Sunday she was "appalled" by a new report that migrants had died trying to cross the Mediterranean to get to Italy.

"I am appalled by these new tragedies at sea and I express my condolences to the victims and their families," she said in a statement, adding that she would meet with Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Wednesday in Brussels to discuss the latest developments.

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World + 47 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

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Ethiopia + 4 others
Ethiopia overtakes Kenya as Africa's biggest refugee-hosting country

At end-July, Ethiopia was sheltering 629,718 refugees, mostly from South Sudan, followed by Somalia and Eritrea. Kenya hosts 575,334 registered refugees.

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Yemen + 1 other
Dreams of Eritrean refugees turn to ashes in Yemen

Report
Yemen Times

Madiha Al-Junaid

Dozens of Eritrean refugees are scattered across the Al-Safeyah area of Sana’a, a densely populated neighborhood estimated to have the largest number of African refugees in the city. Women sit in groups on threadbare carpets, blankets, or mats in streets corners. They are surrounded by playing children, running, shouting, smiling, and laughing; easily distracting observers from the tragic experiences they went through on their way to and through Yemen.

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Italy + 5 others
Boat migrant arrivals to Italy up 500 percent in 2014

08/12/2014 19:57 GMT

WARSAW, August 12, 2014 (AFP) - The number of boat migrants arriving in Italy soared 500 percent in the first half of the year, already topping a 2011 record during the Arab Spring uprisings, EU border agency Frontex said Tuesday,

The Warsaw-based agency said 78,300 people had arrived in the EU by the end of July via the hazardous Mediterranean route from Libya to mainly Italy, but also Malta.

The figure is up from 12,915 during the same period last year.

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World + 45 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August

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World + 18 others
U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction in Africa Sets Stage for Peace and Development

Fact Sheet

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

August 11, 2014

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Eritrea: Ending the Exodus?

Africa Briefing N°100 Nairobi/Brussels, 8 August 2014

Eritrea’s youth exodus has significantly reduced the young nation’s human capital. While this has had advantages for the government – allowing the departure of those most dissatisfied and most likely to press for political change – the growing social and political impact of mass migration at home and abroad demands concerted domestic and international action.

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South Sudan + 4 others
IOM Conducts Biometric Registration of Displaced in Juba Civilian Protection Sites

Since the crisis began in South Sudan in December 2013, over 1.1 million people have been displaced from their homes. Over 95,000 of them are sheltering in UN Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites throughout the country, where they are provided with humanitarian assistance.

The IOM Displacement Tracking and Monitoring (DTM) team has been involved in the monitoring and registration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) countrywide since the New Year and on 6th August it launched a new biometric registration exercise for IDPs sheltering in Juba PoCs.

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Libya + 3 others
Conditions for asylum seekers worsen in Libya

Report
IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 6 August 2014 (IRIN) - As violence in Libya continues to escalate, most diplomats and foreign workers have by now received assistance from their governments and employers to evacuatethe country. But for the tens of thousands of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers in Libya, the only possibility for escape lies in the hands of smugglers.

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World + 46 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 30 July - 5 August

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