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• Authorities and aid organisations working to ensure sufficient prevention and response measures are in place for acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera.

• Inter-tribal fighting in Al Sunta locality, South Darfur, has claimed the lives of dozens of tribesmen and left many injured, according to UNAMID.

• In South Kordofan, over 600 people whose homes were damaged by heavy rains and floods are in need of assistance.

• In West Darfur, aid organisations are undertaking rainy season preparedness activities.

21 Jul 2015 description

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution from the Government of Italy to support the needs of conflict-affected South Sudanese who have fled to Sudan.

WFP will use the contribution of around €500,000 (approximately US$545,000) to provide food assistance for nearly three months to more than 13,000 South Sudanese who have sought refuge in two localities in Sudan’s South Kordofan state. WFP’s food basket includes sorghum - a food staple in Sudan - as well as pulses, oil and salt.

14 Jul 2015 description

Italy - Through last weekend, approximately 4,800 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean and brought to Italian and Greek ports. The Italian Coast Guard saved 3,720 migrants in the Channel of Sicily, while Hellenic maritime forces brought to safety another approximately 1,100 migrants.

Tuesday a total of 611 migrants rescued since Sunday night are due to arrive in the port of Taranto on the Swedish coast guard ship Poseidon. It is not known at this time if they were rescued from a single craft or from several. Another 200 rescued migrants arrived Monday night in Lampedusa.

24 Jun 2015 description

Dakar / Genève, 23 Juin 2015 – Au vu du nombre croissant de personnes qui risquent leur vie pour rejoindre l'Europe, les Sociétés nationales de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge d'Afrique et d'Europe se sont donné rendez-vous cette semaine à Dakar pour discuter des moyens de renforcer le dialogue avec les principaux intervenants afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des migrants.

13 Jun 2015 description

Ventimiglia, Italy | AFP | Saturday 6/13/2015 - 20:25 GMT

by Vincent-Xavier Morvan / with Ella Ide in Rome

Italian police moved Saturday to disperse around 200 migrants who were staging a sit-in at a border crossing with France after French police refused to let them enter the country.

Officers in riot gear pushed the migrants back towards the town of Ventimiglia, five kilometres (three miles) from the border.

However, a group of around 50 men slipped away from the police cordon and took refuge on rocks near the border post.

04 Jun 2015 description

Crisis Overview

Between 1 January and 20 April 2015, there were about 18 times as many refugee deaths in the Mediterranean Sea compared to the same period last year, according to initial estimates from the International Organization for Migration: 1,750 people died trying to reach Europe from North Africa and Turkey. In 2014, more than 3,400 people are thought to have died attempting the crossing. Over the past 18 months, Italian ships have rescued more than 200,000 people in the Mediterranean Sea.

02 Jun 2015 description

Italy - Nearly 5,000 migrants were rescued in the Channel of Sicily over the weekend, as part of the expanded European Union (EU) search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean.

They were picked up and brought ashore in Italy by ships from the Italian Coast Guard, the Italian navy and others, including the British navy’s amphibious transport ship HMS Bulwark.

The rescued migrants were brought to the ports of Catania, Porto Empedocle, Augusta, Pozzallo, Trapani and Lampedusa (Sicily), Crotone (Calabria), Taranto (Apulia) and Cagliari (Sardinia).

15 May 2015 description

Hier, jeudi 14 mai, aux alentours de 9h, les équipes MSF ont reçu un appel du centre de sauvetage en mer de Rome les informant qu’un bateau de pêche en bois transportant 300 personnes était en détresse.

Vers 11h, l’équipe a commencé sa mission de sauvetage qui s'est terminée aux alentours de 18h. Au total, les équipes de sauvetage en mer de ‪‎MSFSea et MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) ont porté assistance aux 561 personnes entassées sur ce bateau.

22 Apr 2015 description

Amnesty International’s “Blueprint for Action” to end refugee and migrant deaths in the Med

On the eve of an emergency summit in Brussels, Amnesty International is publishing a Blueprint for Action calling on European governments to take immediate and effective steps to end an ongoing catastrophe that has left thousands of refugees and migrants dead.

04 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italy | | Saturday 4/4/2015 - 20:04 GMT

Around 318 migrants in distress at sea between Sicily and the coast of Libya were rescued by an Icelandic navy ship taking part in an EU border patrol of the Mediterranean, Italian media reported Saturday.

The ship, the Landhelgisgaeslan, arrived in the evening at the Sicilian port of Pozzallo with the rescued migrants, including 14 children and five pregnant women, who were hospitalised.

Italian police meanwhile have identified eight suspected Tunisian traffickers.

04 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italie | | samedi 04/04/2015 - 19:21 GMT | 128 mots

Trois-cent dix-huit immigrés de treize nationalités différentes ont été secourus samedi par un navire militaire islandais dans le détroit de Sicile au large de la Libye, ont annoncé les médias italiens.

Le navire, le Landhelgisgaeslan, est arrivé dans la soirée dans le port sicilien de Pozzallo. Parmi les passagers, se trouvaient treize femmes, dont cinq enceintes, qui ont été hospitalisées, ainsi que 14 mineurs.

13 Jan 2015 description

Three years after the fall of the former regime, the Libyan people find themselves no closer to realizing their aspirations for a better future. Security conditions continue to deteriorate and life remains hard, particularly for migrants.

According to IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi, an estimated 150,000 migrant workers remain stranded in the country, but some progress is being made in helping the most vulnerable to return home voluntarily.

03 Oct 2014 description

One year after 368 migrants, mainly Eritreans, lost their lives in the Mediterranean trying to reach Italy, survivors of the tragedy and relatives of the victims will return to the island of Lampedusa today for the first time to commemorate the event.

IOM Director General Ambassador William Lacy Swing, who met last year with the survivors of the shipwreck and heard their stories, will take part in the commemoration.

23 Sep 2014 description

Switzerland - Investigations are proceeding in three countries following the loss of up to 500 migrants who sailed to Europe from the port of Damietta, Egypt, earlier this month.

The International Organization for Migration is assisting Italy, Greece and Malta in separate investigations into a September incident that eyewitnesses say amounted to the deliberate scuttling of a vessel carrying at least 300 migrants from Egypt, Syria, Sudan and Palestine. Nearly two weeks later only 11 survivors have been reported.

15 Sep 2014 description

09/15/2014 15:22 GMT

by Ella IDE

ROME, September 15, 2014 (AFP) - As many as 500 migrants are feared to have drowned after traffickers reportedly rammed and sank their boat in what the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) described Monday as "the worst shipwreck in years".

Horrific details of the shipwreck, which occurred Wednesday near Malta, told to IOM by survivors.

04 Sep 2014 description

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.

12 Aug 2014 description

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.

07 Jul 2014 description

07/07/2014 09:20 GMT

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.

09 Jun 2014 description

06/09/2014 11:01 GMT

ROME, June 9, 2014 (AFP) - More than 2,000 migrants arrived in Italy on Monday, bringing to a close an international operation to rescue refugees who had packed into 25 boats and travelled from Libya.

The migrants were taken to three Italian ports, with the largest contingent of 1,300 arriving at the southern Italian city of Taranto onboard a navy ship Etna, according to media reports.

13 May 2014 description

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.