Press Review 26 January 2016

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Refugees in desperate bid to escape SA

IOL News, 8 January 2016

Mulai is a Zambian girl, just three months old, whose parents are refugees in South Africa. She sleeps face down on a rag, protected from the unforgiving Limpopo sun by a threadbare, dirty and rickety tent. She is the youngest of 23 children, most of whom were born in South Africa to refugees from Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. The border town of Musina has been their new home for the past week, as the refugee families – many the victims of violent outbreaks xenophobia – ponder a move from South Africa over the border to South Africa’s northern neighbour, Zimbabwe.

South Africa: Hefty Fines for Asylum Seekers At Port Elizabeth Refugee Centre

allAfrica, 19 January 2016

Mohammed Kat of the Somali Association says his office is full of desperate Somalis who can’t pay their fines. Asylum seekers who come to the Port Elizabeth refugee reception office, some of them from far away, say officials are charging them R2000 for late renewals of their permits. The asylum seekers say officials at the office don’t listen to their reasons for coming late to renew their papers.

Nigerians protest alleged extra-judicial killing by South African police

Premium Times, 24 January 2016

Nigerians living in Gauteng Province of South Africa have protested the alleged extra-judicial killing of a 34- year-old man, Timothy Chinedu, by the police. Mathew Okafor, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union in Gauteng Province, told the News Agency of Nigeria on phone from Johannesburg that Mr. Chinedu was allegedly suffocated to death by the police after his arrest at 9.00 a.m. on Saturday.


UN agency washes hands of Zimbabwe-bound refugees

eNCA, 8 January 2016

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said no further assistance would be channelled to a group of nine immigrant families, with their 23 children, who are now attempting to leave South Africa and resettle in Zimbabwe.

Uganda feels the strain of the Burundi crisis

IRIN, 11 January 2016

For the past three years, the war raging across Uganda’s northern border in South Sudan has been pushing its refugee-hosting abilities to breaking point. But it is now the simmering violence to the south in Burundi that could tip the situation over the edge.

UNHCR: Mozambicans flee to Malawi as troops, rebels clash

Eyewitness News, 15 January 2016

More than 2,000 Mozambicans have fled to Malawi to escape fighting between government forces and rebels in the coal mining province of Tete in the last three weeks, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. UNHCR spokesperson Karin de Gruijl said refugees had told of soldiers attacking villages they believed were harbouring opposition party members and had burned down houses, in one case killing an elderly woman trapped inside her home.

Refugees in Malawi face food aid cuts amid funding drought

Reuters, 19 January 2016

Food supplies for thousands of African refugees at a camp in central Malawi are running out fast, U.N. agencies warned on Tuesday, appealing for urgent funds to provide full rations for the coming year. The World Food Program (WFP) said a lack of money had forced it to reduce food aid at Dzaleka camp in the last six months. Refugees are receiving only three of five planned foods – pulses, vegetable oil and maize – at half the amount they should get. The camp’s more than 23,500 refugees, mostly from the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa regions, have access to only 40 percent of the daily recommended minimum of calories. Without more funding, maize stocks are set to run out in mid-February, while vegetable oil, pulses and a nutrition-enhanced corn soya flour will likely be depleted by May, said the WFP and U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) in an appeal for an additional $2 million.

Africa: Urgent Support Needed for Refugees As Humanitarian Situation Deteriorates

allAfrica, 21 January 2016

With hundreds of Burundian refugees continuing to cross into Tanzania daily, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is doubling its efforts to ensure they receive vital life-saving assistance.


Asylum seekers take to Italian catwalk

Times Live, 15 January 2016

Asylum seekers from Mali and Gambia strutted down the catwalk at Florence’s prestigious Pitti Uomo exhibition, kicking off an initiative to school would-be migrant fashionistas in Italy’s top art. In a fashion world first, farmers and construction workers who made the perilous journey by boat to Italy in May took centre stage in Tuscany’s capital, modelling everything from sharply-tailored suits to tasselled jumpers and outlandish hats. Despite initially appearing a touch overawed, they pulled off the trademark model walk — one even shooting the cameras a smouldering look worthy of a supermodel as he stopped to pose at the end of the runway.

Bill for Reforming Status of African Asylum Seekers Shot Down in Key Committee

Haaretz, 17 January 2016

Israel’s Ministerial Legislation Committee on Sunday shot down a bill proposed by the Zionist Union to grant residency and work permits to 41,000 asylum seekers who cannot be returned to their countries of origin, Sudan and Eritrea.

Germany seeks to limit migration from North Africa

Reuters, 18 January 2016

Germany wants to limit migration from North Africa by declaring Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia ‘safe countries’, officials from the ruling coalition said on Monday, cutting their citizens’ chance of being granted asylum to virtually zero. The initiative follows outrage over sexual attacks on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve blamed predominantly on North African migrants that sharpened a national debate about the open-door refugee policy adopted by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Africa: Refugee Crisis – Churches and Governments Share Responsibility

allAfrica, 20 January 2016

There is a need for “urgent action to strengthen coordination and cooperation in Europe’s response to the refugee and migrant crisis,” a high level conference of governments, UN agencies, churches and civil society organisations heard this week. The conference, in Geneva, was organised by the World Council of Churches and focused on ways to strengthen coordinated responses to the crisis.

Kenya to Get Sh19 Billion From EU for Refugees

allAfrica, 22 January 2016

The European Union has announced a €17 million (Sh19 billion) in aid to help Kenya deal with the refugee problem. The pledge, part of the EU Humanitarian Implementation Plan for 2016 made on Thursday, means that Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia will share out the €77 million (Sh8.6bn) in assistance targeting about 1.7 million refugees.

Over 700 African refugees rescued in Mediterranean

eNCA, 25 January 2016

More than 700 African refugees have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean.  The Norwegian vessel Siem Pilot on Sunday morning arrived in the port of Trapani on the west coast of Sicily, with some 723 migrants who were rescued from boats in the Mediterranean. Aboard the ship was also the body of a dead migrant, a man local media reported had died of natural causes. According to local media the majority of the migrants were of African origin, many coming Eritrea, Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia and Gambia. They were rescued in six different operations carried out by the EU task force and the Italian coast guard, said Siem Pilot Commander Lise Dunham.




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