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Dozens Die as Migrant Boat Deflates in Mediterranean

As people smugglers take advantage of calmer seas
The enticement of cash and calm seas. As people smugglers take advantage of calmer seas, it has caused an acceleration of inflow of people desperately dreaming of reaching a better life in Europe. Over the weekend alone, boatloads of about 4,800 migrants have been rescued off the coast of Libya by the Italian coast guard and navy in what seems to be the biggest rescue operation of its kind this year

By BBC,

DOZENS of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat carrying an estimated 137 people deflates south of Sicily, Save the Children says.

The aid group says survivors reported up to 40 people fell into the sea as a rescue vessel was approaching.

Those rescued arrived in the Sicilian port city of Catania on Tuesday.

At least 1,829 people have died so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean, a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014.

Giovanna di Benedetto, Save the Children’s representative in Catania, said the latest incident was thought to have happened on Sunday, but the exact toll was not known.

“They [survivors] said there were 137 people aboard an inflatable boat that deflated or exploded – it wasn’t clear – and that some of them fell overboard,” Ms di Benedetto told AFP news agency.

“Some said ‘very many’ died, others said ‘around 40′,” she added. The survivors were picked up by a Maltese merchant ship and five bodies were also recovered.

Dramatic footage of the rescue, obtained by The Associated Press (AP), shows migrants desperately jumping off a deflating dinghy, and trying to climb up ropes and a rope ladder to the merchant ship. One of the migrants, Astoy Fall Dia from Senegal, told AP she managed to survive because she knew how to swim and stayed close to the dinghy.

She described hearing the “boom” of an explosion, before the merchant ship came to the rescue.

“There was the big ship there and they threw down ropes, someone grabbed on to the rope, all the other people started pushing to try to save themselves but then people started falling in the water.”

About 100 people were found on a second boat, with no deaths reported, the aid agency added.

The number of migrants attempting to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean has risen in recent weeks as smugglers take advantage of fair weather.

In the past three days about 7,000 people have been rescued and 10 bodies recovered off the Libyan coast, according to the Italian coastguard.

Italian and French ships picked up survivors from wooden and rubber boats on at least 17 separate operations.

Meanwhile Turkey’s coastguard on Tuesday said it had rescued more than 600 people trying to cross the Aegean Sea in the past week, Reuters reports.

More than 400 were men, women and children fleeing Syria, while the rest came from Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar (also known as Burma) and various African countries, the office of the Izmir provincial governor is quoted as saying.

The latest deaths come as naval chiefs from 26 European countries are due to discuss the migrant crisis at talks in Naples, southern Italy.

EU nations agreed last month to triple funding for rescue operations run by European border agency Frontex, contribute more boats and patrol aircraft for rescue efforts, and look at ways to target smugglers’ boats with military strikes.

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VIDEO: Dramatic footage emerged Tuesday of a Mediterranean Sea rescue showing migrants on a sinking rubber boat desperately clambering up ropes and a ladder from a cargo ship that came to their aid. Five bodies were recovered and survivors reported many others drowned.
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Nine Migrants Died as Hundreds Found Abandoned in Libya Desert

Joint Sudanese-Libyan forces rescued 319 people that were stranded in the desert after abandoned by human traffickers 

The Sudanese government continued to warn illegal immigrants wishing to travel to Libya against human traffickers underscoring the enormous risks they faced including getting lost in the desert which led to many deaths out of thirst in the past.

By Aljazeera,

NINE immigrants have died among around 319 abandoned by smugglers in the scorching Sudanese-Libyan desert, with the others in poor condition, Khartoum’s army says.

“They were on their way to Libya as illegal immigrants,” spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad told AFP on Wednesday.

“The smugglers left them in the desert… on the border between Sudan and Libya,” he said, adding that all of the dead were Sudanese.  Continue reading Nine Migrants Died as Hundreds Found Abandoned in Libya Desert

Eritrean Embassy in South Sudan Evacuates Nationals from Warzones in Collaboration with the UN

Bringing Eritreans to safety

By Shabait,

The Eritrean Embassy in the Republic of South Sudan has evacuated nationals from warzones, especially Bentieyu and Bor cities, to Juba in collaboration with the United Nations.

The 217 Eritrean nationals, 20 of whom comprising mothers and children, had sought asylum in the compound of the UN office after they were displaced following the outburst of fighting in the country that posed peril on their lives. Currently, they are being taken care in the capital, according to reports. Continue reading Eritrean Embassy in South Sudan Evacuates Nationals from Warzones in Collaboration with the UN

Ethiopians Killed in South Sudan Exceeds 30

“Thousands of armed youth loyal to ousted Vice President Riek Machar (aka “White Army”) are marching toward the government-held town of Bor as the international community presses for a cease-fire.” – VOA

Ethiopians and Eritreans in South Sudan seek help

By ESAT,

Ethiopian emigrants that reside in the Unity State of South Sudan are stating that they are found in war zone and are at risk.

Six Ethiopians working in the State’s main road construction said they have been hiding inside heavy machineries for the past two days. They said two Ethiopians have been killed while three were wounded. Continue reading Ethiopians Killed in South Sudan Exceeds 30

Lampedusa Tragedy Survivors Flee Italy

Eritrean migrants wait to board a ferry from Lampedusa to Sicily. Those transferred to Rome were given a welcome pack and accommodation

By Hannah Roberts,

More than half the survivors of the Lampedusa shipwreck have fled Italy for northern Europe- a day after being transferred to the mainland.

The 89 migrants, including one woman, all from Eritrea, had been provided with accommodation in Rome, where they could stay for six months after their horrific ordeal. But just 24 hours after they arrived in the Italian capital, they all vanished without a trace, according to the city’s social services department. Continue reading Lampedusa Tragedy Survivors Flee Italy

Lampedusa Shipwreck Migrants Raped and Tortured by Traffickers

Italian policemen hold pictures of Palestinian Attour Abdalmenem, left, and Somali Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin in Palermo, Sicily. Abdalmenem and Muhidin have been arrested with charges of being responsible of the ship disaster of Oct. 3, 2013 off the coast of Lampedusa

By AFP,

Dozens of asylum-seekers on a boat that sank near the Italian coast last month with the loss of 366 lives were raped and tortured in Libya before starting their journey, the police said on Friday. Continue reading Lampedusa Shipwreck Migrants Raped and Tortured by Traffickers