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In Niger and Mali among migrants returning back from Libya

Niamey, Bamako – As of several months ago, in Niger as in Mali, two of the principal stops of the itinerary of the migrants of the Sub-Saharan Africa towards Europe, the routes and stories of the people journeying are changing. In fact, following the arrival of the initial financing of the EU Trust Fund for Africa, created at the Euro-African meeting at Valletta in November 2015, these countries’ migratory policies are adapting to the requests of the European Union to stop or at lease contain the flow of the “Central Mediterranean”, subjecting a good part of the aid for development to signed agreements for repatriation and the externalization of the community frontiers south of the sands of the Sahara.

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Lampedusa: I would never have embarked on this adventure

Lampedusa (Italy) – His name is Ibrahim Sow, a.k.a. Mandy Kaporo-rails. From the beaches of Conakry where he used to make rap video-clips to the hot-spot center in Lampedusa, he spent 14 months traveling towards his final goal: Europe. In-between a dream and reality, someone put the Libyan hell. The result was a conviction: “If only I had known in Guinea that the trip would take place under these conditions, I would never have embarked on this adventure.”

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Dear EU, your policy will increase migrants’ harm and suffering in Libya

More than 400 Non-governmental organisations and Civil Society Organisations expressed deep concerns with the direction of the EU-Libya policy as outlined in the Commission Communication on the Central Mediterranean, and reaffirmed in the conclusions of the Malta Summit and the Council Conclusions, aiming to stop migratory movements through Libya. Read the open letter sent to EU leaders.

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Darfur group denies involvement in fighting in east Libya

Khartoum (Sudan) – Sudanese rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on Monday has denied participation in the ongoing fighting in east Libya. On Sunday, forces opposed to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) launched an attack on three ports, claiming control over oil-exporting facilities held by troops loyal to the GNA.

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Tunisia Digs a 100-Mile Moat to Keep Refugees at Bay

Tunis Once surrounding castles of old, a moat stretching 100 miles is being dug by Tunisia against alleged terror threats from nearby Libya. Reporters are kept at bay from the digging in what officials have dubbed “a closed military area.”

Saltwater will fill the massive trench to be topped with sand dunes. Alligators are not mentioned in the moat’s prospectus.

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Migration: Libya, waiting room for the Mediterranean

Though refugees and migrants are arriving in unprecedented waves in the Balkans, the flow from Libya remains an issue that must not be neglected. The European Union is increasingly interested in escalating military operations in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, but the political turmoil in the country has been without a solution for almost a year. Last week, the UN resumed unity deal negotiations that even the Tripoli-based General National Congress, which had boycotted the talks, is optimistic about. In the meantime, caught in between two disputing governments, the Libyan Coast Guard is severely underequipped for the humanitarian problem in its seas.

In the second instalment of Afronline’s series of field reports on the underreported hubs of the refugee crises, Nancy Porsia speaks directly with the Libyan players struggling in the political standstill.

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