ROME, July 7, 2014 (AFP) - More than 2,600 migrants were rescued by the Italian navy this weekend, authorities said Monday, as police searched for new arrivals who landed by night on Sicily's southern coast.
Seven boats carrying migrants and asylum seekers mainly from Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Algeria were intercepted between Saturday and Monday, bringing the total number of people arriving on Italian shores this year to over 68,000.
GENEVA, May 13 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said it was deeply saddened at a rising death toll from boat accidents in the Mediterranean Sea this year as increasing numbers of asylum-seekers and refugees make the journey on unseaworthy boats, often at the hands of ruthless smugglers.
They arrive in overloaded boats, unprotected, bringing with them only the hope for a better life – the African refugees’ passage to Europe resembles a long odyssey over the open Mediterranean Sea, to which not all of them survive.
Those who arrive at the Italian coast will, first of all, go to one of the overcrowded reception camps. These are places, which make their previous hopes fade away and put a hard reality into the foreground.
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Sudan and the Embassy of Italy – Italian Cooperation issued a joint statement:
Today, the European Union and the Embassy of Italy will jointly launch one of the major health projects in Eastern Sudan. The project was signed in November 2013 during the European Ambassadors visit to East Sudan in a ceremony attended by H.E. Mr. Musa Mohamed Ahmed, Assistant to the President and the governors of Gedarif and Kassala.
ON BOARD THE SAN GIUSTO, Mediterranean Sea, March 20 (UNHCR) – The winds and waves decide the fate of those who flee across the Mediterranean. When the gusts push from north to south and the swells off the Libyan coast are animated, asylum-seekers remain hidden in small houses with their smugglers. But when the weather clears and the air currents stir from south to north, they meet on the seaside where they board grey rubber rafts and colourful wooden boats and make their way toward the watery horizon.
ROME, February 17, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's navy said Monday it had saved over 1,000 migrants taking the perilous journey by boat across the Mediterranean this weekend, including 64 minors and a newborn baby.
Several boats carrying a total of 1,079 people were spotted and assisted since Friday, and the majority of them were being transported to the port of Augusta in Sicily on an Italian warship, the navy said in a statement.
Since the end of February 2011, 790,000 migrant workers and their families have crossed the Libyan border into other countries to escape the conflict and ongoing violence in Libya. Although migration crises of this kind are not new, the massive outflow of migrants fleeing the violence in Libya represents one of the largest migration crises in modern history.
Every year, the plight and needs of many of the world’s most vulnerable people are described in the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP). This year’s CAP spans 18 countries and outlines needs across key sectors.
The 2012 CAP clearly highlights that food insecurity continues to be compounded by protracted crisis situations, more frequent natural disasters, conflict, volatile food prices, harsh economic conditions and climate change.