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IOM Assists Probes into the Deaths of Hundreds of Migrants Lost this Month Off the Coast of Malta

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.

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World + 9 others
Bring “Mediterranean mass murderers” to justice – UN Human Rights Chief

GENEVA (19 September 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday urged Egypt and other North African and European States with relevant information to make a concerted effort to bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of between 300 and 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean last week.

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Egypt + 3 others
Egypt blames organised crime after migrant shipwreck deaths

09/17/2014 12:28 GMT

CAIRO, September 17, 2014 (AFP) - Egypt on Wednesday blamed organised criminal gangs of people traffickers operating on its territory after a boat carrying 500 illegal migrants was intentionally capsized off Malta.

The migrants, including up to 100 children, drowned after smugglers sank their ship when the passengers refused to change to a smaller vessel, survivors said.

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Greece + 3 others
IOM Says New Witnesses Provide Further Details of Mediterranean Shipwreck Tragedy

Geneva - IOM Greece staff in Crete today interviewed more survivors of the deliberate shipwreck of migrants heading to Europe from Egypt.

The survivors provided corroboration that the traffickers turned violent when the 500 migrants they were escorting to Europe refused to switch to an unseaworthy boat.

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Greece + 5 others
IOM Investigates Reports of Deliberate Drowning of 500 Migrants in Mediterranean

Switzerland - Investigators from the International Organization for Migration have obtained eyewitness testimony of a tragic incident in which as many as 500 migrants were drowned when their vessel was deliberately sunk in the Mediterranean.

These reports point to a growing death toll off Europe’s shores which this year already approaches 3,000. That’s nearly four times the figure from 2013, which IOM’s Missing Migrants Project estimated to be 700 deaths.

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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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Sudan + 1 other
Egyptian Relief Plane to Arrive on Tuesday

Khartoum, Sept. 14 (SUNA) - An Egyptian plane carrying relief materials is due to arrive Tuesday in Khartoum in support of the citizens who were affected by floods and heavy rainfall.

The Information Advisor at Egypt Embassy in Khartoum, Abdul-Rahman Nasif, said that the plane will bring a number of tons of relief materials in response to a directive of the President of Egypt, Field Marshal Abdul-Fatah Al-Sisi.

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World + 66 others
CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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World + 70 others
CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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World + 51 others
The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 24 - July 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 12% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 2% compared to the previous quarter.

• Real prices of maize were relatively stable and only 2% higher than the previous quarter of 2014.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, maize prices are low (-28%).

• Real prices of wheat increased significantly by 9% from Q1 to Q2-2014. More recently, for June, prices are down due to an increase in global supply and production.

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Burundi + 6 others
Tdh’s interventions in East and North Africa [EN/FR]

In East and North Africa, Terre des hommes (Tdh) helps vulnerable children build a better future. In particular, the Foundation assists working children by offering services to enable them to get access to education and a better work environment. Tdh also makes employers and local communities more aware of the risks of exploitation. Mechanisms for identifying, guiding and monitoring the most vulnerable children (orphans, migrants, etc.) are put in place. And finally, Tdh works to strengthen the judicial system for minors by way of advocacy, workshops and training courses.

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World + 6 others
U.A.E. spends Dh1b on water supply in 61 countries

U.A.E. has offered more than Dh one billion in foreign aid between 2009-2013 to help ensure water supply in 61 countries, according to the Ministry of Development and International Co-operation (MICAD).

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West, North and Central Africa: Security Event Density Analysis (April 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Nigeria + 26 others
West, North and Central Africa: Security Event Density Analysis (April 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Nigeria + 20 others
West, North and Central Africa: Security Event Density Analysis weighted by fatalities (April 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Nigeria + 27 others
West, North and Central Africa: Security Event Density Analysis (Mar 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.