Media Listing May 2013


1. Stranded Ethiopians in Sana’a ask government to take them home

Yemen Times, May 01, 2013

SANA’A, May 1 — The Passport Authority says they are working on the case of around 60 Ethiopian migrants who having been sitting outside the authority’s building for about a week, asking to be repatriated to their home country.

2. Raids free enslaved migrants/refugees in Yemen

IRIN May 02, 2013

DUBAI, 2 May 2013 (IRIN) - The army in Yemen has started a crackdown on illegal smuggling hideouts in the north where migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa are frequently held against their will and tortured by criminal gangs looking for ransom money.

In Brief: Raids free enslaved migrants/refugees in Yemen

3. MSF assists migrants freed from the clutches of human trafficking

MSF April, 30 2013

Sana’a/Barcelona, 30 April 2013 - Since 7 April, Yemeni authorities have released 1,620 migrants who were held by smugglers in farms – some of them for months – in Haradh region, in the north of the country. The international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is assisting these migrants, including 62 children and 142 women, and referred 71 severely ill people to the MSF-run hospital in Al-Mazraq village, close to Haradh town.

Yemen: MSF assists migrants freed from the clutches of human traffickers

4. Humanitarian assistance to extremely vulnerable migrants in Haradh, Sana’a, Amran, and Aden

Reliefweb, 30 April 2013

Recent changes in Saudi foreign workers legislation and their resumption of fencing the 1,800 km border with Yemen have exacerbated the situation of an already overflowing population of destitute migrants stranded in Haradh, at the border with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


5. Deadly explosion strikes Somali capital  

6. London conference awaits vision to take Somalia forward

Guardian, May 03, 2013

The most significant difference from last year's London event is that instead of a tottering and discredited transitional regime, Somalia now has a fully fledged government, led by Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Elected last September, the 57-year-old professor and activist is the first leader chosen inside Somalia since the 1991 overthrow of president Siad Barre, which sowed the seeds for the country's descent into chaos.

7. Humanitarians fear politicization of Somalia aid

Alertnet, May 06, 2013

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid workers are wary of being co-opted into a Western political agenda in Somalia, even though experts say supporting the new government in Mogadishu could be the best way to improve security and prevent another famine.

8. IOM supports the voluntary return home of Ethiopian migrants

Somaliland, June 04, 2013

Somalilandsun - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it has helped volunteer return of 42 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Hargeisa, Somaliland.


9. The long road home to South Sudan

IRIN May 06, 2013

RENK, UPPER NILE STATE, 6 May 2013 (IRIN) - George Malual Deng, 24, has spent two years stuck in a transit site waiting to return to his home in South Sudan’s Jonglei state. He is among 20,000 people who have made a home of sorts in the river port of Renk, waiting for a barge to take them further south.  

10. Somalia demands action over brutal killing

Somali president urges Jacob Zuma to investigate killing of Somali in South Africa after graphic video goes viral

11. London Somalis protest at South African embassy against killing


Prime Minister Hailemariam calls for stop on human smuggling

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has urged the National Movement against Human Trafficking to reinforce its effort to end human trafficking. 


12. Israel doesn't have an Ethiopian problem, it has a social integration problem

The state comptroller was quite right to highlight the difficulties faced by immigrants from Ethiopia in his latest report, but it should have broadened its scope to include the poverty trap affecting more than two million Israeli Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews.

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