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Ali Younes 29 Nov 2017 17:04

Hundreds of African refugees are being bought and sold in “slave markets” across Libya every week, a human trafficker has told Al Jazeera, with many of them held for ransom or forced into prostitution and sexual exploitation to pay their captors and smugglers.

Many of them ended up being murdered by their smugglers in the open desert or die from thirst or car accidents in the vast Libyan desert.

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Ismail Einashe

Eritrea is one of the most repressive states in the world and the refugee camps offer little freedom or safety, but enslavement and abuse instead.

Television journalist Temesghen Debesai had waited years for an opportunity to make his escape from Eritrea, so when the country’s ministry of information sent him on a journalism training course in Bahrain he was delighted, but fearful too.

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06 Dec 2013 00:00| Alex Duval Smith

Chad has been hit by a refugee influx from Darfur and Central African Republic as well as the return of its citizens expelled from Libya.

The people at the World Health Organisation call it "routine childhood immunisation". But they have not witnessed the anything but routine sleuthing required of Anastasie Nague as she plays her part in preventing disease in a new, three-pronged humanitarian emergency affecting landlocked Chad.

01 Jul 2011 description
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Preparations for the celebration of South Sudan's independence in Juba next week at a claimed cost of $90-million are continuing.

A tense ceasefire in Abyei and ongoing violence in South Kordofan state, both border regions between North and South Sudan, will not hinder the independence celebration, said Peter Alier, a spokesman for the government of South Sudan.

06 Jun 2008 description
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Thousands of child refugees from Darfur, some as young as nine, are being abducted and sold to warring militias as child soldiers, a British human rights group reports on Friday.

The organisation, Waging Peace, has filmed testimony in refugee camps in eastern Chad, describing how children, mostly boys between nine and 15, have been forcibly taken from their families by camp leaders, who are then trafficking them to militias.

The report singles out the Darfur rebel group fighting the Khartoum government, the Justice and Equality Movement, as the main offender.

08 Nov 2007 description
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Cape Town, South Africa

A majority of the countries who undertook to assist Sudan financially in implementing the African country's peace agreement have not fulfilled their pledges, President Thabo Mbeki said on Wednesday.

Briefing the media at Tuynhuys in Cape Town following a meeting with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir, Mbeki said that despite the international donor community having pledged to assist with equipment and other resources required to help the Sudanese government resolve its political crisis, many of the countries still had not yet …

20 Sep 2007 description
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The small plane banks steeply to the east and the extent of the floods in the low-lying Teso region of Uganda become clear: kilometre upon kilometre of low-lying pasture land submerged, tens of thousands of hectares of staple crops like cassava, millet and groundnuts waterlogged. There are impassable roads, overflowing rivers, stranded cattle and devastated bridges.

04 Sep 2007 description
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Peace talks between the Sudanese government and Darfur's rebel groups could begin next month, according to senior United Nations officials.

As the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, flew to Khartoum on Monday to check how the newly agreed force of UN and African Union (AU) peacekeepers will operate in Sudan's western region, a senior official travelling with him said the political outlook had improved. "If the talks start, we expect the level of violence will go down," he told reporters on Mr Ban's plane.

The UN Security Council agreed in July almost to triple …

16 Apr 2007 description
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Tagalo Hassan had no idea that the horrific violence of Darfur had spread like a stain across the border into Chad and had been creeping towards his village for months.

Being three years old, he could not have understood what was happening when the shooting started before dawn, or when a bullet shattered his right leg and cut a groove in his left.

The attack was carried out by Sudanese Arab horsemen, the feared Janjaweed, and their Chadian allies seeking to oust the government in the capital, Ndjamena. But there was no one on hand to explain any of that to Tagalo.

07 Mar 2007 description
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Edith Lederer | United Nations

The government of Chad has refused to allow the United Nations to send an advance mission to prepare for the possible deployment of UN peacekeepers, a setback to plans to help thousands of civilians caught in the spill-over of the Darfur conflict in Sudan.

At the same time, the UN Security Council cannot start deploying about 3 000 troops, police and civilians to beef up the 7 000-strong African Union force on the ground in Darfur because a letter from Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir supporting the deployment, which was supposedly sent last week, …

31 Jul 2005 description
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Euan Ferguson
When it's seen from almost a kilometre up, you realise nature doesn't like geometry. It abhors geometry. Hundreds of dry kilometres of dead rivers and lumpen moonscapes of sprawling rock; loopy tangles of brush in the desert; and wavy banks of sand, punctuated with the occasional tree looking frankly startled to find itself still alive: these hot, awful distances roll below in tangles of abstraction.

31 May 2005 description
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Sudanese authorities have charged one foreign aid worker with spreading false information and detained a second after their agency spoke out about alleged rape cases in Darfur.

Susanne Staals, spokesperson for the Dutch branch of Médecins sans Frontières, said by telephone from Amsterdam on Tuesday that the group's Darfur coordinator had been arrested in the western region that morning and authorities were taking him to the capital.

She said no other information was immediately available on the arrest of Vincent Hoedt, a Dutch aid worker.

The day before, Paul Foreman, the …

10 Nov 2003 description
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Kampala: Rebels in northern Uganda have massacred more than 100 civilians in five consecutive days of raids, the head of the regional government alleged on Monday.

The Lord's Resistance Army has been raiding villages in Lira district daily, and more than 100 bodies have been found between Wednesday and Saturday, Franco Ojur, the district chairman said by telephone on Monday.

"Many more bodies are being discovered in the bushes and the death toll is about 100.

24 Jun 2003 description
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Tim Cocks, Kampala

They always knew that elements in Sudan's army were still fuelling the war in northern Uganda, despite official denials. But they could never find conclusive proof.

22 Jul 2002 description
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Lachlan Carmichael, Cairo

A blueprint for peace in Sudan could pave the way for increased investment from Western oil firms, now wrestling with security problems and charges they are helping Khartoum's war effort, Sudanese oil executives and independent analysts said on Sunday.

The Sudanese government and the main rebel group in the oil-rich south, the Sudan People's Liberation Army, signed a deal in Kenya on Saturday that maps out the road to a comprehensive peace agreement after 19 years of civil war.

"We have been contacted by some American firms ...

22 Apr 2002 description
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Up to 5 000 child fighters have been encircled by Sudanese and Ugandan troops in southern Sudan, in readiness for an all-out assault on the cult-linked rebel army


Nairobi. April 22, 2002 - With the abducted and apparently brainwashed children violently resisting efforts to negotiate, the United Nations children's agency, Unicef, warned of a possible massacre.

08 Jan 2002 description
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Nairobi. January 8, 2002

Uganda's President Museveni is likely to seek the deportation of Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army whenhe meets with Sudanese leader Omar al Bashir this week

JUDITH ACHIENG' - When Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni meets with Sudanese leader Omar al Bashir this week in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, he is likely to seek the deportation of Joseph Kony, leader of a rebel group operating in northern Uganda with bases in southern Sudan.

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Kauda. June 11, 2001

After poor rains and attacks on productive land, the government offensive threatens civilians far beyond the reach of Khartoum's guns


In the past few weeks the Nuba people of Sudan have endured the biggest government offensive since the Muslim regime in Khartoum declared a holy war against them in 1992. The shelling began on May 17 and within 24 hours it had closed all airstrips used to take clandestine food and medical supplies into the blockaded mountains.

08 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 8 2000

JULIE FLINT makes a terrifying 250km trek through Sudan's front line where troops are raping and killing an ancient tribe and destroying their crops. Here, hunger is now a weapon of war and scorched earth tactics an engine of annihilation.

In a few weeks, barring miracles, the children will begin to die - if not from hunger, then from disease. The skin on their upper arms is already falling into folds as hunger kicks in and the pounds begin to melt away.

Most families are living in the open, without clothes, blankets or clean water.

01 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 1 2000