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Op-ed. On World Refugee Day say yes to human mobility and no to Fortress Europe

Bruxelles – World Refugee Day is observed each year on June 20. On the eve of the EU Council that will gather European Heads of State in Brussels (June 22-23), Caritas Europa believes “that the EU and its Member States now have a choice, they can continue the outdated, harmful migration policies or they can help stop this tragedy by investing in a modern and dynamic welcoming Europe”. Op-ed by Leïla Bodeux, Policy and advocacy officer on asylum and migration policies at CaritasEuropa.

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Burundi: Bujumbura Accused in Geneva

Bujumbura – “A deep and widespread sense of fear,” this is evidenced by the testimonies gathered by the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi. During the 35th session, an oral report was submitted. This is a second report to the Human Rights Council because the first one was presented at the March session.

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The right to ‘eat’

Politics in many parts of Africa is often understood through a metaphor of eating – a point to which Jean-François Bayart drew our attention in his seminal 1989 publication, The State in Africa. In contrast to the social scientific discourse of corruption, the idiom of eating is more neutral and bespeaks necessity.

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Africa: Drought and Jobless, Hopeless Youth, Fertile Grounds for Extremism

Ouagadougou – The high-level symposium, which was held ahead of this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) marked on June 17, stressed that Africa’s heavy reliance on the natural resource base for livelihoods is a challenge, and its mismanagement increases household risks and amplifies the vulnerability of millions of people.

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How going digital will keep us well fed and make our farmers rich

Can Africa become a self-sufficient food producer within a decade? Dr Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), announced this goal at a recent AfDB meeting in May. It’s a bold vision considering that Africa’s annual food import bill of $36 billion could rise to $110 billion by 2025.

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Malnutrition, disease and food insecurity – a perfect recipe for disaster for Somalia’s children

Since the beginning of the year, outbreaks of cholera and later measles have been spreading across Somalia. The severe and prolonged drought has also caused high malnutrition among children. Unicef estimates that 1.4-million children will suffer from acute malnutrition this year, including 277,000 severe cases.

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