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23 May 2015 description

Tunis, Tunisia | AFP | Saturday 5/23/2015 - 11:10 GMT

The bodies of five Tunisian migrants trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa were recovered from the sea Saturday while 49 others were rescued, Tunisia's coast guard said.

The coast guard station in Teboulba said the five migrants who had drowned were recovered and the others rescued in the night off the town's coast.

The migrants, most of them in their mid-20s, had set off on Friday night on board two boats which had quickly taken on water.

23 May 2015 description

Les corps de cinq migrants tunisiens qui tentaient de rejoindre l'île italienne de Lampedusa ont été repêchés samedi au large de la Tunisie, ont indiqué à l'AFP les gardes-côtes, précisant que 49 autres personnes avaient été secourues.

"Les gardes-côtes ont repêché vers 02H00 locales les corps de cinq migrants tunisiens, morts noyés, et secouru 49 autres au large de Téboulba", ville côtière au centre-est de la Tunisie, a précisé à l'AFP un responsable des gardes-côtes de cette ville.

23 May 2015 description

COUNTRY STRATEGY:

On 1 July 2013, WFP began implementing projects on national capacity development for school feeding in both Tunisia and Morocco with the aim of providing the governments with technical assistance in order to enhance their school feeding programmes.   

In 2011, WFP re-opened an office in Tunisia to provide assistance during the Libya crisis. In 2003, WFP closed its office in Morocco.

12 May 2015 description
report European Union

**Check against delivery

Thank you for the invitation that we value very much. We are here to share with you the urgent need to face the tragedies unfolding in the Mediterranean.

12 May 2015 description
report ACMAD

Highlights

  • During June-July-August 2015, Below average precipitation is very likely over southern Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, extreme southern Mali, Western half of Côte d’Ivoire, coastal part of Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

  • Below average precipitation is likely over Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, extreme Southern-West Ghana, lake chad region, extreme southern of South Sudan and Ethiopia, northern-east DCR, northern Uganda, and Kenyan from May to August

11 May 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11885

7439th Meeting (AM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Addressing the growing crisis of migrant trafficking — exemplified by the recent tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea — was a shared international responsibility that required a complex combination of efforts, the Security Council heard today, as speakers stressed the need for concerted action in source, transit and destination countries.

11 May 2015 description

Zarzis, Tunisia | AFP | Monday 5/11/2015 - 11:09 GMT

by Kaouther Larbi

Scanning the horizon with binoculars, Tunisian coastguard Islam Braiek is on the lookout for the growing number of migrants risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean to try to reach Europe.

With the modest means at Tunisia's disposal, it is no mean feat first to detect and then come to the rescue of migrants who get into difficulties, despite the improving weather conditions.

08 May 2015 description

Welcome to the May 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 vio- lence 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.

06 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNHCR Representative met with Prime Minister Habib Essid and with Minister of Justice Mohamed Saleh Ben Aissa on 13 March. He thanked Tunisian authorities for their efforts in favour of refugee protection and offered UNHCR’s continuous support.

05 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

68 New asylum seekers registered with UNHCR in January 2015

26 Students are taking English, French and IT classes in Ben Guerdane and Medenine

61 Refugee children received an education grant for school year 2014-15

596 Families benefited from the winterization distribution in December 2014

04 May 2015 description
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General Situation during April 2015
Forecast until mid-June 2015

28 Apr 2015 description

Italy - IOM’s team in Italy today (28/4) reports that its latest count of migrants arriving by sea this month stands now at 14,908 – a number that indicates that 2015’s human smuggling tide will be at least as large as last year’s – the deadliest on record for migrants lost at sea in the Mediterranean.

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.