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22 Feb 2013 description

This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 05—18 February 2013, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org

Inside this Issue

In Focus 1
North Africa 2
Northeast Africa 4
Horn of Africa 5

20 Jul 2011 description

CHOUCHA CAMP, Tunisia, July 20 (UNHCR) – Filmon was born in Eritrea and says his heart is there, that he never dreamed nor wished to be far removed from his country. Yet this week he and his family boarded a plane and headed for a new life over 5,000 kilometres away.

"All I ever wanted was the taste of freedom, safety and an opportunity to continue learning," said the 29-year-old father of two.

20 Jul 2011 description

CAMP de CHOUCHA, Tunisie, 20 juillet (HCR) – Filmon est né en Erythrée. Il affirme son attachement à son pays d'origine. Il assure n'avoir jamais aspiré vivre hors de son pays. Cette semaine, il a pris l'avion avec sa famille pour toutefois commencer une nouvelle vie à 5 000 kilomètres de là.

« Ce que j'ai toujours voulu, c'est éprouver un sentiment de liberté et de sécurité, avec l'opportunité de continuer à apprendre », a expliqué ce père de deux enfants et âgé de 29 ans.

27 May 2011 description

This week saw serious disruption at the Choucha camp near the Tunisia - Libya border where around 4,000 migrant workers and refugees from the conflict in Libya are accommodated pending humanitarian evacuation to their countries of origin or other solutions.

Four Eritreans died in a fire in the Eritrean block of the camp on Sunday night as residents were sleeping. Twenty tents were lost, and the cause is being investigated. At the time, the Choucha camp was hosting some 4,500 people - mostly Somalis, Eritreans, and Sudanese.

22 May 2011 description

TUNIS, May 22 (Reuters) - A fire killed four Eritreans at a refugee camp in Tunisia near the Libyan border on Sunday, provoking a protest against poor conditions there, security sources said.

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03 May 2011 description

Rome/Brussels - Once again, the international medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on Italian authorities to drastically improve reception conditions for new arrivals, particularly for the most vulnerable - women, children, unaccompanied minors and victims of violence.

20 Apr 2011 description

Timisoara, 20 April 2011 - A group of 29 Eritrean refugees from the Shousha camp in Tunisia has arrived at the Emergency Transit Center (ETC) in Timisoara in Western Romania this morning. The UN Refugee Agency, along with the Government of Romania and the International Organisation for Migration have coordinated their evacuation to Romania where they will be hosted at the ETC for a period of maximum six months until their onward resettlement to their future home countries.

30 Mar 2011 description

CHOUCHA CAMP, Southern Tunisia -- "My father died when I was three years old. Armed bandits killed him one evening as he was coming home. Every night I remember this scene before falling asleep," says Mariam Ibrahim, a 20-year-old Somali who grew up amid civil war. She left Somalia at the age of 16 and was smuggled all the way to Libya hoping never to see Mogadishu again. "I didn't know if life would be easier elsewhere," she recalls, "but I wanted to run away from the kingdom of death."