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Libya + 3 others
IOM Libya Situation Report, as of 14 September 2014

Highlights

Evacuation of 200 migrants from various countries accomplished via Tunisia, Cairo or directly out of Tripoli

Over 900 NFI kits distributed among people in need within Tripoli city area and departing migrants and those in detention centres

More than 7.000 TCN from different countries tracked and provided with basic support trough IOM network

Overview

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World + 6 others
UNHCR alarmed at death toll from boat sinkings in the Mediterranean

GENEVA, September 16 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is alarmed at the death toll from boat sinkings in the Mediterranean in recent days, which underlines the need for collective European action to avoid further loss of lives at sea.

According to information received by UNHCR from coastguards, five shipwrecks occurred over the weekend, leaving between 650 and 850 people dead or missing, although the figures are constantly, being revised upwards.

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Italy + 1 other
Landing in Sicily

Millions of children in the world migrate. They are fleeing poverty, violence or disaster. They run the risk of being exploited or abused. They have left everything behind at the peril of their lives. Terre des hommes (Tdh) supports these youths so that they do not become the prey of organized crime.

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Liberia + 1 other
Italy Enhances Liberia’s Ebola Fight; Dispatches Mobile Lab Team, Food, Drugs

The Government of Italy has begun enhancing the Liberian Government’s fight against the Ebola virus through several assistance packages to include the dispatching of a mobile laboratory team, additional dispatching of homeopathic Ebola treatment drugs and food.

A Foreign Ministry release discloses that the aid packages followed a series of frantic diplomatic efforts between the Liberian Ambassador to Italy, Ambassador (Dr) Mohamed Sheriff and the Italian Government and other multinational organizations in that European nation.

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Greece + 6 others
'Worst shipwreck in years' leaves 500 boat migrants feared dead

As many as 500 Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Sudanese are feared to have drowned after traffickers reportedly rammed and sank their boat near Malta.

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World + 2 others
Mediterranean migrant boat shipwrecks highlight need for EU action

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Amnesty

European leaders must do more to provide safe and legal ways for refugees and migrants to access international protection in the European Union, Amnesty International said today after a boat bound for Italy sank off the coast of Libya leaving many feared drowned.

“The response of EU member states to the refugee crises in the Middle East and North Africa has been shameful,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Director.

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Malta + 4 others
High Commissioner for Refugees Guterres and Special Envoy Jolie warn of escalating crisis in the Mediterranean

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited the naval rescue headquarters in Malta yesterday, on a weekend in which new boat sinkings were being reported off Egypt and Libya claiming more innocent lives. Ms. Jolie and Mr. Guterres met three survivors of one of the tragedies, who had been rescued by a commercial vessel and brought to Malta by the Maltese authorities.

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World + 2 others
Amid flood of refugees to Europe, Italy opens a back door

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Washington Post

By Anthony Faiola September 9

POZZALLO, Italy — Clinging to a plank from the wreckage of his sinking raft, Ali Salib gazed into the cobalt blue of the open Mediterranean and began to speak to the dead.

To those who have gone before me, I go now to join you.

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World + 16 others
Mind the Gap: An NGO Perspective on Challenges to Accessing Protection in the Common European Asylum System - Annual Report 2013|2014

With restricted access to the EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe haven for refugees.

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World + 17 others
Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Human Rights Council 27th Session

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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Sudan + 1 other
Italian Contribution To WFP Will Assist Over 20,000 Vulnerable People In Sudan

KASSALA/KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$950,000 from the Italian government that will be used to boost WFP’s assistance to more than 20,000 vulnerable people in Sudan, especially young children in the eastern states of Kassala and Red Sea.

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Sierra Leone + 4 others
Ebola: Farnesina earmarks another 1.5m euro for emergency

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has outlined an approximately 1.5 million eo emergency intervention programme to fight the Ebola epidemic affecting some Western African countries.

The Italian Cooperation has earmarked 240,000 euro for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to send doctors, medical supplies and equipment, and boost epidemiological surveillance and provide logistical support and coordination to emergency response activities.

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Italy + 4 others
Mediterranean Migrant Deaths Multiply in Summer Sailing Season

The series of tragedies last weekend in the Mediterranean marks one of the deadliest periods of 2014, with an estimated 230 migrants lost and presumed dead.

Witnesses described to IOM seeing the corpses of 18 African men in one craft that had to be abandoned Sunday 120 nautical miles from the Italian coastline, the same day after another 6 passengers drowned after a fishing boat capsized with some 370 migrants on board.

Earlier, on Saturday, about 200 migrants went missing during a shipwreck 32 nautical miles off the Libyan coasts.

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Libya + 7 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 + 7 others
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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Malta + 1 other
First private op to rescue boat migrants launched

08/25/2014 22:29 GMT

VALLETTA, August 25, 2014 (AFP) - The first privately-funded operation to rescue boat immigrants in the Mediterranean launched Monday, as a ship owned by an Italian-American couple set off from Malta for a 60-day mission to scour the sea for people in distress.

The 40-foot-long Phoenix I, equipped with drones to spot migrants in distress, set sail after a series of shipwrecks this weekend left at least 200 people dead.

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is the brainchild of Italian Regina Catrambone and her American husband Christopher.

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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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Libya + 1 other
More than 250 migrants may have died in shipwreck off Libya

Source: Reuters - Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:19 GMT
Author: Reuters

TRIPOLI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - More than 250 migrants may have died when a boat sank a kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, a coastguard official said on Sunday

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Italy + 1 other
Exploited in the southern sun

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Amnesty

FOGGIA, Italy — Clustered around abandoned farmhouses outside Foggia, deep in the rural heel of Italy, a campsite of wood and cardboard shanties has become home to more than 1,000 people. Despite the destitution, there's a cheery atmosphere here this summer evening. Afrobeat music booms through the air. An elderly man chops hunks of meat and fires up a grill, filling the air with the smell of spices and smoke.