Media Listing February 2012


1. Refugees face organ theft in the Sinai

CNN, November 3, 2011

Bedouin smugglers involved in people trafficking are also believed to be stealing organs from refugees who are unable to pay their demands for large amounts of cash to take them into Israel.

2. Organ trafficking on the rise in post Mubarak era

African Review, January 10 2012

The political unrest that rocked Egypt last year seems to have shaken the country's law enforcement apparatus, creating loopholes for organ traffickers. During that period, cases of organ trafficking of Sudanese refugees and other political asylum seekers in Egypt have gone up.


3. Gunmen attack Yemen election committee office

Reuters, January 29 2012

Gunmen attacked an office of Yemen's electoral committee in a southern province, a local official said on Sunday, in the latest sign of opposition to a presidential election next month.

Islamic militants quit captured Yemeni town

4. At least 12 militants killed in Yemeni air strike

Reuters, January 31 2012

Gunmen riddled the car of Yemen's information minister with bullets as he left a cabinet meeting in the capital on Tuesday but he escaped from the assassination attempt unhurt, an aide said. In southern Yemen, at least 12 al Qaeda militants, including four local leaders, were killed in a drone strike in southern Yemen. It was one of the biggest such strikes believed to have been carried out by the United States in Yemen.

5. Yemen votes for post-Saleh era amid violence

Reuters, February 21, 2012

Yemenis began voting on Tuesday to replace President Ali Abdullah Saleh in an election many hope will give Yemen a chance to rebuild the country shattered by a year-long struggle that had pushed Yemen to the brink of civil war.

6. Yemen tribesmen kidnap six aid workers

Gulf News, January 28 2012

Yemeni tribesmen kidnapped six aid workers from a tourist area west of the capital Sanaa on Tuesday, tribal sources and police said. State news agency Saba said the abductees were a German, a Colombian, an Iraqi, a Palestinian and two Yemenis.


7. Absorption Minister: Ethiopian immigrants should be grateful to Israel, January 21 2012

Yisrael Beiteinu's Sofa Landver says Ethiopians should thank the state for what they received after a member of Ethiopian community calls MKs 'hypocrites' after failing to address discrimination in Kiryat Malachi.

8. The tribulations of being an Ethiopian Jew

UNHCR, February 12, 2012

Growing up in Israel, Shay Sium became accustomed to being called a “nigger”. Sium, 32, has lived in Israel most of his life, but says he and other Ethiopian Jews are treated differently from other Israelis: factories do not want to employ them; landlords refuse them; and certain schools turn away their children.

9. Israel: Tel aviv is no haven for asylum seekers

Aljaazera, 23 February 2012

Ramallah, West Bank - The notion of a "Jewish and democratic state", never a feasible reality, continues to unravel as its inherent racism is revealed in a new way. Any political discussion of refugees that are of the wrong ethnicity inevitably refers to African migration to Israel as an "existential threat". Labelling these refugees as "threats" allows the state to criminalise and imprison them. Meanwhile, the country continues to solicit immigrants from East Asia to fulfil the need for cheap labour, and Jewish immigrants to battle the internal demographic war.


10. ICRC denies distributing expired food aid in Somalia

AlertNet, February 02, 2012

LONDON (AlertNet) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has rejected accusations it distributed out-of-date food aid to famine-hit Somalis in south and central areas controlled by al Shabaab rebels. 
On Monday, the militant group's office that supervises foreign aid operations said it had terminated the ICRC's contract after "repeated distribution of expired food" to weak women and children recovering from drought, adding that it could heighten the risk of disease outbreaks.

11. UN declares famine over for now

Reuters, February 03 2012

An exceptional harvest after good rains and food deliveries by aid agencies have ended famine in Somalia for now but food stocks could run out again in May, the United Nations said on Friday.

12. Puntland Leader Warns of 'New Civil War' As Somaliland Forces Attack Buhodle

 All Africa, 8 February 2012

Buhodle — The President of Somalia's Puntland government has sent a strong warning to Somaliland forces after an attack on Buhodle city left dozens dead, Radio Garowe reports.

13. Somalia: Somaliland and the London Conference On Somalia

All Africa, 03 February 2012

Listening to Somaliland - and deploying some of its methods in achieving stability - is crucial to addressing the crisis in Somalia

14. 10 Immigrants Killed At Yemen-Saudi Border

All Africa, January 28 2012

Somali embassy in Yemeni capital Sanaa has said, Saturday that at least ten Somali immigrants were killed separately at the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

15. Farming prospects prompt some refugees go back to Somalia temporarily

UNHCR, February 13, 2012

Expectations of upcoming seasonal rains and improved farming prospects in parts of Somalia have prompted several thousand Somali refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya to temporarily return home. This comes as the UN has announced that famine conditions no longer prevail in Somalia and despite a doubling of conflict-related displacement within the country in recent months.

16. New force assists survivors of boat tragedy

Somalia Report, February 09 2012

The Puntland Marine Police Force was on the rescue after a boat carrying 61 people capsized 35 kilometers west of Bossaso.

17. In 'failed state' Somalia, instability is lucrative for some

 Reuters, February 20, 2012

Life got easier for trader Siad Hussein when Somali Islamist militants pulled out the capital. He no longer pays a Jihad tax nor does he have to watch mortars kill his customers.

18. Somalia: 28 Dead Bodies Found On Northern Beach

Shabelle Media Network, February 15, 2012

At least 28 dead bodies were found this morning on lying on a Beach in Lasqorey town of Sanag region in northern Somalia. Security forces discovered 28 dead bodies on the beach of Agado area, just 70-Km away from Barri region.

19. Somalia: Warring Parties Put Children at Grave Risk - Al-Shabaab Rebels Impose Forced Marriages, Use Students As 'Human Shields'

 HRW, February 21, 2012

Somalia's warring parties have all failed to protect Somali children from the fighting or serving in their forces, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

20. Somalia: Civilians Flee to Mogadishu to Escape Fighting

Garowe online, February17, 2012

Thousands flee from Elesha Biyaha a town located in between Mogadishu and Afgoye as fighting is expected to intensify in the coming days, Radio Garowe reports.

21. Somalia: No Great Expectations

Africa Confidential, 17 February, 2012

After two decades of political mayhem, Somalis and more perspicacious foreign diplomats are intensely sceptical about high-level conferences. Many approach the London Conference on Somalia on 23 February with muted hopes of any political advance and say that its most important contribution will be to raise the profile of Somalia's internal political and social crisis, plagued by intermittent conflict and chronic food shortage.


22. Kenya says hits rebel convoy with helicopter gunships

AlertNet, February 04 2012

NAIROBI, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Kenya's military has struck al Shabaab targets in one of the most devastating attacks against the al Qaeda-linked insurgents since it launched an operation in Somalia to crush the rebels last October, a Kenyan army officer said on Saturday.

23. Who is really winning Kenya’s Alshabaab war?

Africa Review, February 02 2012

Just over three months ago, Kenya's army crossed the border to launch an incursion against Somalia militant group Al-Shabaab in what it said was meant to protect itself from the grave threat posed to its economic and security interests by the fundamentalists.

Ethiopian troops, weeks later, rolled into the country to shore up the offensive against the Islamist group that has been seeking to topple the weak transitional government. Some 100 days later into the operation, Al-Shabaab says that Kenyan forces have made little headway in taming the group.

24. US urges Kenya not to send back Somali refugees

Africa Review, January 25 2012

 Kenya has been urged to continue providing refuge to Somalis fleeing violence and hunger in their homeland, a US State Department official said. “We continue to rely on and advocate strongly for the protection of Somalis inside Kenya, that they should not be sent back into Somalia in order to create some sort of a buffer zone,” declared David Robinson, acting assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration.


25. Drowned illegal Somali immigrants washed up on the Libyan shore

Bar kulan, January 25 2012

A total of 16 bodies of illegal Somali immigrants and a small boat were found washed ashore the Libyan coastal city of Misrata on Tuesday, reports say.


26. Norway to deport 400 Ethiopians with cash aid

Africa Review, January 25 2012

Norwegian Government has reached an agreement with Ethiopian authorities to deport at least 400 immigrants with cash assistance. Norwegian deputy minister of Justice Pal Lonseth told the Africa Review that Oslo and Addis had agreed to repatriate illegal immigrants with a total of $7,000 (40,000 Kroner) cash aid each, to establish a better life at home.

27. Ethiopian Christians to be deported from Saudi Arabia

BBC, January 31 2012

Some 35 Ethiopian Christians face deportation from Saudi Arabia for "illicit mingling", the global rights body Human Rights Watch (HRW) says. Police arrested the group - including 29 women - after raiding a prayer meeting in the second city of Jeddah.

28. Ethiopia: 11 found dead in Ethiopian container

The Africa Report, 22 February 2012

The container was reportedly on its way to Djibouti but police suspect Saudi Arabia was the final destination. According to police, the truck driver was part of a syndicate of human traffickers.


29. UK to kick out poor migrants

Sunday Times, February 05 2012

A number of Kenyans living and working in the UK risk being kicked out of the country if the British Government effects a new radical immigration policy. In the tough proposal unveiled on Thursday, foreigners working in the UK will be kicked out after five years if they earn less than Sh4.1 million (£31,000) annually.

30. Stop harassing Somalia asylum seekers

HRW, February 01 2012

The Ukrainian authorities should immediately stop police harassment and threats against Somali asylum seekers held at the Zhuravychi Migrant Accommodation Centre, Human Rights Watch said.

31. European Court censures Italy over African migrants

BBC News, 23 February 2012

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Italy violated the rights of Eritrean and Somali migrants by sending them back to Libya.



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