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19 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Sunday 4/19/2015 - 08:50 GMT

Seven hundred people are feared to have drowned when a fishing boat smuggling migrants to Europe capsized off Libya, the UN's refugee agency said Sunday, in what could be the deadliest Mediterranean migrant disaster yet.

Only 28 people survived the capsize, UNHCR spokeswoman Carlotta Sami told the Skytg24 news channel in Italy. The survivors indicated there had been more than 700 on board, she said.

19 Apr 2015 description

LAMPEDUSA ISLAND, Italy, April 17 (UNHCR) – A baby as young as six months, with severe burns across half of her face, was among traumatized survivors of the latest sea rescue off the coast of southern Italy's Lampedusa Island.

The infant was one of 70 refugees and migrants on board a half-inflated rubber dinghy that had set sail from Libya and been rescued by the Italian coastguard after two days on the Mediterranean Sea. Many people had been badly burned before even setting foot on the vessel, after a gas canister exploded while they were being held by smugglers on land.

19 Apr 2015 description
report UN News Service

17 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General, in his remarks to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting on climate change in Washington D.C., said that collaboration and bold leadership from both the private and public sectors is needed to progress on climate change at this “enormous opportunity to chart a new path.”

19 Apr 2015 description
report UN News Service

18 April 2015 – United Nations officials gathered at the UN Crime Congress under way in Doha, Qatar, today called on Member States to take action and implement the new international standards on the elimination of violence against children adopted late last year, stressing that such violence continues to have a devastating effect on children, families, and society as a whole.

18 Apr 2015 description

Nicaragua is the first Central American country to sign up to the insurance

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2015 - The Council of Ministers of Finance of Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic (COSEFIN) and CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) signed today a memorandum of understanding that enables Central American countries to formally join the facility to access low cost, high quality sovereign catastrophe risk insurance.

18 Apr 2015 description
report Save the Children

“Close the borders. Shut all the doors. Send them all back.”

These are the words we so often hear when we talk about immigration. What we don’t talk about is the very real and dangerous risks people take just to seek a safer life.

As many of you will have seen in the news, earlier this week 400 people drowned off the coast of Libya, including many children, as they sought safe haven in Europe.

This is what we feared might happen when the EU decided not to replace an Italian search-and-rescue mission at the end of last year.

17 Apr 2015 description

Soon after the birth of her second child, a daughter she named Neema, Tabu Kalama found herself homeless and with no regular income. Ms Kalama had no option but to sleep with her newborn daughter and her 18-month old son in the meagre shelter of palm trees near the beach in Kilifi, in eastern Kenya.

It was June, among the coolest and wettest months there. “I was so worried that the baby would fall sick, and there was nothing that I could do,” Kalama says.

17 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 18:37 GMT

by Jérôme CARTILLIER

Restoring stability in Libya is the only way to solve the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Friday, as President Barack Obama warned re-establishing peace could not be achieved by military force.

Speaking at a joint White House press conference after authorities in Italy confirmed more than 11,000 migrants had been rescued in the past six days alone, Renzi said the problem would only be solved by peace in Libya.

17 Apr 2015 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 17 April 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

With worsening displacement, a deepening conflict, and difficult access for aid workers and aid delivery, shelter is emerging as one of the pressing humanitarian needs in Yemen.

17 Apr 2015 description
report ALNAP

We are all too aware of the number and scale of humanitarian crises facing our world today, not least in Syria where an estimated 220,000 people have died in the four-year conflict. It is important to remind ourselves that our collective humanity is taking on these challenges, with record levels of funding providing urgent assistance to millions of people affected by conflict, natural disasters and epidemics such as Ebola. Spiralling needs, however, mean that we have an unprecedented shortfall - last year US$7.5 billion of humanitarian funding requirements remained unmet.

17 Apr 2015 description

María Villellas, Researcher of the School for a Culture of Peace, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

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.

17 Apr 2015 description

Canada is committed to ensuring the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children and youth have access to quality education

April 16, 2015 - Washington, D.C. - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

17 Apr 2015 description

PRETORIA, South Africa, April 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday welcomed government efforts to contain a wave of xenophobia in South Africa but said it was "extremely concerned" about the attacks in the past three weeks that have killed six people and displaced more than 5,000 foreigners. Those uprooted include refugees and asylum-seekers.

17 Apr 2015 description

How European indifference pushed MSF to take 'controversial' action.

By Aurélie Ponthieu, MSF Humanitarian Adviser on Displacement, Brussels.

17 Apr 2015 description

Italy - As landings of rescued migrants surge in Southern Italy, IOM teams continue to gather evidence of at least 400 presumed fatalities earlier this week.

“While the number of arrivals this year is similar to that registered during the same period in 2014, so many arrivals is so few days is unprecedented,” said Federico Soda, Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean.

17 Apr 2015 description

Una adolescente es secuestrada en su aldea del Iraq y será vendida o entregada a los combatientes del Estado Islámico del Iraq y el Levante (EIIL) como esclava sexual. En un centro de detención de la República Árabe Siria, un hombre sufre una agresión sexual como castigo por sus afiliaciones políticas, presuntas o reales. En Sudán del Sur, una mujer debe elegir entre alimentar a su familia o sufrir el ataque de hombres armados mientras intenta recoger la cosecha.

17 Apr 2015 description

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17 Apr 2015 description

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 08:09 GMT

Twelve people were arrested overnight as anti-foreigner attacks in South Africa spread to parts of downtown Johannesburg, police said Friday.

"Twelve suspects were arrested for trying to break into foreign-owned shops," said police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

It was the latest incident in a wave of immigrant-targeted violence that began earlier this month in the port city of Durban, leaving at least six people dead.