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April 2015


Up to 700 migrants feared dead after boat sinks off Libya

A boat believed to be crowded with at least 700 migrants capsized north of Libya overnight, leaving at least 24 confirmed dead and sparking fears for what could become the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant sea disaster, Italy’s Coast Guard and other officials said Sunday. The incident prompted dismay among exasperated Italian officials and refugee aid agencies, and even drew a plea from Pope Francis — all of

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S. Africa Xenophobic Attacks Terrify Foreign Nationals

VOA. Violent xenophobic attacks have erupted in South Africa, leaving five dead and thousands displaced.  The violence first targeted shops owned by foreign nationals, largely from Somalia and Ethiopia.  Now it’s spreading against all African foreigners, leaving many feeling terrified and hopeless. Somalia national Ebrahim Mohamad Ali runs a coffee shop in Johannesburg.  Memories of the 2008 xenophobic attacks in South Africa are still

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Ethiopian maid found hanged in Jbeil

The Daily Star A  23-year-old Ethiopian maid was found hanged in an apparent suicide Monday at her employer’s house in Jbeil, the National News Agency reported. Dizzy Jerma Bifkado was found hanged at the apartment located in the Jbeil suburb of Blat Monday, NNA added. Accompanied by forensic experts, detectives arrived to the appartment to investigate the incident. The body was moved to Sayyidat

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Ethiopia’s capital largest prostitution hub in Africa: Girls as young as 8 years old forced into prostitution

Refuge Network International Ethiopia is a source and, to a lesser extent, destination and transit country for men, women, and children who are subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Girls from Ethiopia’s rural areas are exploited in domestic servitude and, less frequently, prostitution within the country, while boys are subjected to forced labor in traditional weaving, herding, guarding, and street vending. The central

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