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25 Jul 2018 description
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Tom Westcott

“The plight of these children is a consequence of war”

A year and a half after so-called Islamic State was kicked out of its last stronghold in Libya, 24 parentless children of its foreign fighters are growing up in a high-security, makeshift orphanage tucked away down a sidestreet in the northwestern city of Misrata.

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10 Jun 2016 description
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Nigeria and Kenya get poor marks in new survey

By Obi Anyadike

Public approval in Nigeria and Kenya for their governments’ handling of jihadist violence is low, and citizens have a poor opinion of the security forces that are supposed to protect them, according to a survey-based report released this week by Afrobarometer, a pan-African research network.

28 Mar 2016 description
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By Abdelkader Abderrahmane
ADDIS ABABA, 28 March 2016

NATO’s 2011 intervention in Libya, coming shortly after the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, was hailed at the time as a “humanitarian intervention.” It was, at least according to the UN Security Council resolution used as authorisation, intended to bring about a ceasefire and end attacks against civilians that “might constitute crimes against humanity.”

17 Nov 2014 description
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MÉDENINE, 17 novembre 2014 (IRIN) - Les autorités gouvernementales et les organisations humanitaires en Tunisie annoncent qu'elles se préparent à recevoir une nouvelle vague de réfugiés venus de Libye, malgré une opinion publique de plus en plus hostile à cet afflux avant les élections présidentielles.

12 Nov 2014 description
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MEDENINE, 12 November 2014 (IRIN) -

Government authorities and aid agencies in Tunisia say they are prepared for a sudden additional flood of refugees from Libya despite growing public hostility to the influx ahead of presidential elections.

15 Oct 2014 description
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TUNIS, 15 octobre 2014 (IRIN) - À Zarzis, une petite ville portuaire du sud-est de la Tunisie d'environ 70 000 habitants, les pêcheurs sillonnant la Méditerranée s'improvisent secouristes, volant à la rescousse de bateaux bondés de migrants illégaux partis des côtes libyennes pour rejoindre l'Europe.

14 Oct 2014 description
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TUNIS, 14 October 2014 (IRIN) - In Zarzis, a small port city of some 70,000 in southeastern Tunisia, fishermen plying the Mediterranean have become inadvertent saviours, rescuing boatloads of illegal migrants to Europe setting out from the shores of Libya.

Ahmed is one of them. He squints in the bright light as fishing boats with names scrawled in Arabic across their sterns bob gently around him. He sits on a pile of nets, his broad woven mdhalla hat angled back on his head, while in the distance, large cargo ships sit docked in a nearby commercial port.

16 May 2013 description
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CAIRO, 16 May 2013 (IRIN) - Until government and revolutionary forces attacked the Libyan town of Bani Walid, about 170km southeast of the capital Tripoli in October last year, Abdullah Warfella had been determined never to leave.

But after two weeks of imprisonment and torture, the 68-year-old former contractor fled.

17 Jan 2013 description
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ZARZIS, 17 janvier 2013 (IRIN) - Deux ans après avoir fui la guerre civile en Libye, des centaines de réfugiés arabes et subsahariens, d'anciens travailleurs migrants en Libye, pour la plupart, sont toujours confinés dans un camp situé du côté tunisien de la frontière.

16 Jan 2013 description
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ZARZIS, 16 January 2013 (IRIN) - Two years after fleeing the civil war in Libya, hundreds of sub-Saharan African and Arab refugees, most of them ex-migrant workers in Libya, are still holed up in a camp on the Tunisian side of the border.

10 Dec 2012 description
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DOHA, 9 décembre 2012 (IRIN) - Au cours de ces 30 dernières années, les catastrophes naturelles, y compris les évènements climatiques extrêmes, ont affecté 50 millions de personnes dans le monde arabe, selon un nouveau rapport de la Banque mondiale. Le rapport spécule sur un scénario terrifiant de hausse régulière des températures de plus de 50 degrés Celsius d’ici à la fin du siècle, ce qui pourrait engendrer une cascade de catastrophes, selon les experts.

05 Dec 2012 description
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DOHA, 5 December 2012 (IRIN) - In the last three decades, 50 million people in the Arab world have been affected by natural disasters, many of them extreme climate events, according to a new report by the World Bank. The report projects the horrific scenario of temperatures regularly rising over 50 degrees Celsius by the turn of the century, which experts fear could lead to countless more disasters.

31 Jan 2012 description
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DUBAI, 31 January 2012 (IRIN) - Among the migrants who found themselves caught up in Libya during last year's war was a group of people whom one University of Oxford researcher calls "invisible": refugees who travel to third countries for work or better education.

Wedged between violence, politics, overlapping identities and restrictive definitions, these "refugee-migrants" or "refugee-students" are often overlooked and under-protected, according to Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, a lecturer in forced migration at Oxford's Refugee Studies Centre.

12 Jan 2012 description
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DUBAI, 12 January 2012 (IRIN) - If you thought 2011 was a historic year for the Middle East, 2012 is likely to be even more unpredictable.

The region was swept up by mass demonstrations that forced four dictators out of power, threatened the rule of several others, and created huge humanitarian needs. [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=94581 ]

18 Jul 2011 description
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MARSEILLE, 18 July 2011 (IRIN) - Ali Ghanai arrived in France from Tunisia in March, keen to escape poverty, see a bit of the world and provide for his family in a village in the impoverished south, but the 24-year-old stone mason now wants to return home, heavily disillusioned after weeks of harassment by the French authorities, sleeping rough and living off the kindness of strangers.

"It has not been easy", Ali told IRIN. "France has not worked out for me."

26 May 2011 description
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DUBAI , 26 mai 2011 (IRIN) - Les tensions se sont intensifiées parmi les ressortissants de pays tiers qui ont fui la violence en Libye et vivent dans le camp de transit de Choucha, en Tunisie, et la situation pourrait empirer, selon un travailleur humanitaire.

25 May 2011 description
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DUBAI, 25 May 2011 (IRIN) - Tensions have escalated among third country nationals who fled violence in Libya and have been living in Choucha transit camp in Tunisia, and the situation could get worse, an aid worker warns.

"Over the last six weeks we have seen tensions increasing and although we have tried to keep nationalities in the same area, organized sporting activities and undertaken some psycho-social work, we are seeing frustrations increasing the longer people are here waiting," said Moustafa Osman, a humanitarian manager for Islamic Relief, told IRIN.

10 May 2011 description
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SUGHEAD, 10 mai 2011 (IRIN) - Selon des travailleurs humanitaires et des locaux, les affrontements entre les troupes gouvernementales et les forces de l'opposition dans la région des Montagnes de l'Ouest, en Libye, ont bloqué l'accès à des milliers de déplacés, aggravant ainsi la situation humanitaire.

09 May 2011 description
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SUGHEAD, 9 May 2011 (IRIN) - Clashes between government and opposition forces in the Western Mountains region of Libya have blocked access to thousands of fleeing civilians, aggravating the humanitarian situation there, say aid workers and locals.

At least 40,000 people have fled the fighting in the area since April. Last week, according to Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 8,000, mostly ethnic Berbers, arrived at Dehiba, a border crossing into Tunisia. Most of the arrivals, mainly women and children, came with nothing.

22 Mar 2011 description
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RAS JEDIR, 22 mars 2011 (IRIN) - Firas, un Tunisien de 19 ans, est assis à l'ombre à quelques mètres de la frontière entre la Libye et la Tunisie. Jusqu'à tout récemment, avant que le chaos ne s'installe en Libye, il gagnait sa vie en transportant des sacs et des valises de l'autre côté de la frontière. Il passe maintenant le plus clair de son temps à observer les déplacements des responsables des organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) et des journalistes, appuyé sur un muret de béton.

« Le chômage commence à frapper fort dans le coin », a-t-il dit à IRIN.