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25 Apr 2015 description

Zarzis, Tunisie | AFP | samedi 25/04/2015 - 12:21 GMT

Trois bateaux de pêche ont amené samedi au port de Zarzis (sud tunisien) 98 migrants africains en perdition en Méditerranée après avoir tenté de rallier illégalement l'île italienne de Lampedusa, a indiqué à l'AFP le capitaine d'un des navires.

Vendredi, le Croissant rouge avait fait état de 80 migrants perdus en mer.

20 Apr 2015 description

TUNIS/GENEVE (20 avril 2015) – Au terme d’une brève visite en Tunisie lundi, le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein a salué la détermination du peuple tunisien à défendre fermement les aspirations aux droits de l'homme qui ont déclenché la transition de 2011 dans le pays, et ce en dépit de nombreux défis et obstacles potentiels.

20 Apr 2015 description

TUNIS/GENEVA (20 April 2015) – At the end of a brief visit to Tunisia on Monday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein applauded the resolve of the Tunisian people to stand firmly behind the human rights aspirations that sparked the 2011 transition in the country – in spite of many challenges and potential roadblocks.

17 Apr 2015 description

Welcome to the April issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and also on the ACLED website.

16 Apr 2015 description

In the space of a week, at least 750 migrants are feared to have died crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Many thousands of others have risked their lives this year, fleeing conflict and instability in Africa and the Middle East, in small, often decrepit vessels in an attempt to reach European territories.

16 Apr 2015 description

Zarzis, Tunisia | AFP | Thursday 4/16/2015 - 15:25 GMT

by Dhaou Maatoug

Their rickety boats may have broken down as they tried to sneak into Italy, but for African migrants now stuck in Tunisia their dream of reaching Europe is far from over.

Known in North Africa as "harraga", these illegal migrants biding their time in Red Crescent centres in Zarzis, southeastern Tunisia, realise they are lucky compared to those who died making the crossing.

15 Apr 2015 description

More resources and fresh policies needed to get children into school

BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.

14 Apr 2015 description
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OVERVIEW

The last decade has seen some progress. Pre-primary out-of-school rates have decreased, although they remain high, and primary rates have fallen to nearly zero. However, there has been no improvement at the lower secondary level.

In total, 119,022 children are out of school (7%), including 54,6095-year-olds who should be in pre-primary (30.3%), 15,033 primary school aged children (1.5%)and 49,380 lower secondary school aged children (10%).

14 Apr 2015 description
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Preface

In the last decade, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have invested considerable resources and political capital to bring more children into the classroom.
Most impressively, out-of-school rates for primary school children have plummeted, often by as much as half, bringing hope and new opportunity to millions.

13 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italy | | Monday 4/13/2015 - 15:54 GMT

by Fanny CARRIER

The Italian coastguard said Monday it recovered nine bodies after a boat with over 150 migrants aboard sank off Libya during a surge in attempted illegal crossings to Europe that saw almost 6,000 migrants rescued.

Rescuers managed to save 144 of the migrants from the latest capsized vessel and were still searching for others some 80 miles (150 kilometres) off the Libyan coast.

The total number of passengers on the boat and their nationalities was not yet known.

07 Apr 2015 description

Welcome to the March issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in real-time. Weekly updates to real-time conflict event data are published through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and also on the ACLED website.

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.

29 Mar 2015 description

Tunis, Tunisia | | Sunday 3/29/2015 - 17:33 GMT

by Kaouther Larbi

Tunisia said Sunday it had killed the leader of the jihadists behind the massacre at its national museum, as foreign leaders joined thousands of Tunisians in a march against extremism.

Chanting "Tunisia is free! Terrorism out!" the demonstrators marched in a sea of red Tunisian flags to the capital's Bardo Museum, where 21 foreign tourists were killed in the March 18 jihadist shooting rampage.

27 Mar 2015 description
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Islamic Relief is supporting families who have been affected by severe flooding in Tunisia.

Heavy rainfall earlier this month caused the Oued Medjerda river and its tributaries to overflow and the area of Jendouba, in north west Tunisia, has been badly affected, with flood water reaching nearly two metres high.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

A new concept by the EU seeks to enlist the help of North African states to stem the flow of migrants. Refugee groups are worried about what might happen if these people are detained before they reach Europe.

22 Mar 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Francesco Guarascio

BRUSSELS, March 20 (Reuters) - Italy wants Egypt and Tunisia to play a role in rescuing stricken migrant vessels in the Mediterranean, a government planning paper showed, so that survivors could be taken back to African instead of European ports.

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19 Mar 2015 description

Zarzis, Tunisie | | jeudi 19/03/2015 - 19:41 GMT

La dépouille d'un migrant clandestin qui tentait de rallier l'Italie depuis la Libye a été repêchée en mer au large de la Tunisie et 83 autres personnes ont été secourues, a indiqué jeudi le Croissant-Rouge tunisien.

"A la suite d'une panne sur leur embarcation de fortune, ils ont été coincés en mer avant d'être repérés par des marins tunisiens au large de Zarzis", dans le sud-est de la Tunisie, a indiqué le directeur du Croissant-Rouge dans le gouvernorat de Médenine, Mongi Slim.

17 Mar 2015 description

Omer Karasapan | March 17, 2015 9:30am