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Migration in Sudan: Needs mile-high in refugee hub

Kidnappings, dangerous boat crossings, assault: the images of migration in Sudan are a dark preview to the long passage to Europe. The lack of state control attracts smugglers but promises almost no protection to the refugees. Despite a peace deal reached last month in South Sudan, the flow of refugees out of the country–which passed 2.6 million in late August—and the flow into Sudan—which saw a growth of 47 percent this quarter–is not likely to stop. Most flee to neighboring countries, but some will eventually reach Europe by passing through Libya and Egypt.

For a broader perspective on the conditions of the record-high number of refugees, read Afronline’s last field report on African migrations by Sudanese journalist Salih Amar Hamid.

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Interview with Cecile Kyenge: “Burundi Needs Influential African Mediators”

Brussels – “Influential African mediators must get involved in the Burundi crisis, just as Nelson Mandela did in the past”. Such is the belief of Cecile Kyenge, a Member of the European Parliament (Socialist and Democrats Group), as told in an interview with Infos Grands Lacs (Afronline’s media partner). “These mediators should be able to start completely from scratch, starting with the violence, which must stop immediately, and the issue of the third mandate of Burundian President Nkurunziza”, added the Italian MEP, who was the author of a recently launched appeal to the international community with four former Belgian ministers.

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Closing Dadaab will only punish the wrong people

Never let the facts get in the way of scapegoating and xenophobia. Thus the calls to close down Dadaab refugee camp and resettle its 350,000 or so inhabitants in Somalia. Whether or not they’re all Somali.

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Kenya, Somalia, UNHCR form commission to oversee repatriation of refugees

The Kenyan government has agreed to form a tripartite commission that will be charged with overseeing the repatriation of Somali refugees at the Dadaab Camp. On Tuesday, Kenya, Somalia and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said they had formally nominated four representatives each to a team to “expedite repatriation of refugees at Dadaab.”

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Hundreds of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck

Hundreds more people are believed to have drowned when a fishing boat smuggling migrants to Europe capsized off Libya.

A major rescue operation is under way in the Mediterranean after as many as 700 migrants are feared to have drowned just outside Libyan waters, in what could prove to be the worst disaster yet involving migrants being smuggled to Europe.

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Kenya Orders Somali Refugee Camp Sheltering Thousands to Move

The United Nations, which is sheltering over 600,000 refugees from war-torn Somalia, has been ordered by Kenyan authorities to relocate the camp in three months. “We have asked the UNHCR (the U.N. Refugee Agency) to relocate the refugees in three months, failure to which we shall relocate them ourselves,” said Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto in a statement Saturday.

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