CAR’s ex-rebels return to camps after day of protest

2014-11-14 16:04

Former Muslim rebels who held sway for 10 months in the Central African Republic have returned to two camps in the capital after a rowdy protest against plans to return them to distant homes.

Human trafficking a $7bn business

2014-10-06 21:22

Smugglers rake in €5.6bn every year from human trafficking between Africa and Europe and between Latin and North America, even as thousands continue to die.

Flood-hit Zim struggles to help families

2014-02-12 11:07

Zimbabwean authorities say they have only managed to move 36 families out of 2 230 in immediate danger after torrential rains caused the partial collapse of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam in Masvingo.

2013 believed to be deadliest year for migrants

2013-12-17 22:43

Over 7 000 migrants may have perished at sea or while crossing deserts trying to reach a safe haven this year, the International Organisation for Migration says.

1 000s of S Sudanese on road home from Sudan

2013-11-05 10:12

A bus and truck convoy has moved about 3 500 South Sudanese back to their ancestral homeland from Sudan, a church leader says, in the first major repatriation for months.

France gives $1.3 for Somalia displaced

2013-01-10 10:26

France has pledged to give $1.3m to help the poorest of the hundreds of thousands of people in southern Somalia forced from their homes by war and famine.

Migrants stuck in Morocco

2012-10-03 14:02

IOM has launched an appeal for $800 000 to help desperate African migrants, including unaccompanied children, return home from Morocco.

Refugees begin journey to South Sudan

2012-05-14 10:56

An airlift of up to 15 000 ethnic South Sudanese has begun from Khartoum. The first plane chartered by IOM took off with about 160 South Sudanese.

Refugee train departs Sudan for south

2012-03-02 16:05

The International Organisation for Migration says a 60-car train carrying 1 400 refugees has left Sudan’s capital for the newly independent south.

Migrants evacuated from Libya to Chad

2011-10-03 22:19

More than 1 200 African migrants who have been stuck in the southern Libyan desert town of Sabha for weeks in dire conditions have been evacuated and are on their way to Chad.

Thousands stranded in Tripoli, says IOM

2011-09-01 13:14

Thousands of migrants stranded in Tripoli are unable to be evacuated because they cannot safely reach the port or register with their embassies, the International Organisation for Migration says.

Rescue ship to dock in Tripoli

2011-08-25 12:43

A ship sent to rescue foreigners stranded in the Libyan capital has received permission to dock after a two-day wait at sea due to security concerns, relief officials say.

Aid ship scrambles out of Misrata

2011-05-04 22:38

A ship has scrambled out of the besieged Libyan port of Misrata carrying 800 migrants and civilian casualties during heavy shelling on the town.

Misrata port attack, 3 refugees dead

2011-04-26 22:28

At least three African refugees have been killed, after forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fired rockets at Misrata's port.

Sea is sole lifeline for Misrata

2011-04-20 22:20

A flotilla of ships, fishing trawlers and tug boats have become the lifeline for Misrata, the last significant rebel-held city in western Libya.

Ship on way to Misrata to rescue migrants

2011-04-14 17:45

A rescue ship is on its way to the besieged Libyan city of Misrata to begin evacuating 6 000 stranded migrants, many in an 'extremely poor state'.

Ivory Coast crisis displaces 82 000

2011-02-11 22:17

At least 82 000 people were displaced within or outside Ivory Coast during the political crisis in the country, the International Organisation for Migration says.

Thousands more tents needed

2010-01-24 22:36

Haiti needs almost 100 000 tents to house half a million homeless people.

Ban adds to climate expectations

2009-12-09 08:24

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he expected the Copenhagen climate summit to seal a historic deal on cutting emissions amid warnings that the last decade broke the record for global warming.


Zim: Funding constraints 'hold back speedy diagnosis'

2014-10-16 10:33

Health authorities in Zimbabwe say funding constraints are holding back the speedy diagnosis of Ebola after it took more than a week to get results from samples sent to SA for testing.

Central African Republic death toll higher

2014-07-16 21:59

Fighting in Central African Republic may have claimed more lives than previously thought.

Ethiopia brings home 140 000 migrants from Saudi

2013-12-18 14:40

Ethiopia has brought home close to 140 000 citizens from Saudi Arabia, IOM says, a month after the oil-rich kingdom started deporting undocumented migrants.

1 500 South Sudanese going home

2013-12-13 22:14

In the first such transfer in about a year, 1 500 ethnic South Sudanese are to return to their ancestral homeland from Khartoum area squatter camps.

US to retire most research chimps

2013-06-26 20:25

The US government says it will send most of its 360 research chimpanzees into retirement but will keep a small colony of about 50 for possible future studies on vaccines and behaviour.

South Sudan airlift re-starts

2012-12-24 22:06

An airlift from Khartoum of sick, elderly and other "extremely vulnerable" South Sudanese, suspended after a November plane crash has re-started.

IOM urges access to displaced Malians

2012-05-24 10:31

The IOM has appealed for $3.5m to provide immediate life-saving assistance to internally displaced Malians who have fled fighting and insecurity in the north of the country.

South Sudan airlift to start

2012-05-13 22:37

An airlift of up to 15 000 ethnic South Sudanese aims to start from the Sudanese capital after a series of delays.

Ethiopia, South Sudan join migration body

2011-12-05 22:25

Fourteen countries have joined the International Organisation for Migration as the body marked its 60th anniversary.

Africans trapped in Libya fear for lives

2011-09-06 14:55

More than 1 200 African migrants trapped in a southern Libyan desert held by forces to fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi fear for their lives and must be evacuated as quickly as possible, an aid agency says.

IOM sending 2nd rescue ship to Tripoli

2011-08-26 12:13

The International Organisation for Migration says a second charter ship is en route to Tripoli to rescue up to 1 000 foreigners trying to escape from the Libyan capital.

Ship heads to Tripoli to evacuate migrants

2011-08-22 13:35

The International Organisation for Migration says it has dispatched a ship to Libyan capital Tripoli to evacuate migrants.

Ivory Coast relief still critical

2011-05-03 18:14

Aid agencies have warned that the humanitarian situation in the west of Ivory Coast was still critical while displaced people have been returning home elsewhere.

Over 57 000 flee Libya violence to Niger

2011-04-26 19:23

Around 57 200 west Africans, mostly from Niger, have fled violence in Libya to the neighbouring country since February 13.

Snipers, cluster bombs terrorise Misrata

2011-04-18 21:09

Snipers, cluster bombs and intense shelling are spreading panic in Misrata, with 1 000 people reported killed in six weeks of fighting in the besieged city.

Migrants from Libya burden for Tunisia

2011-02-23 22:40

Several thousand foreign migrants from Libya have crossed the Tunisian border in the first major exodus to Tunisia since the Libyan turmoil began.

Xenophobia: Zimbabweans flee SA

2010-07-13 15:33

Zimbabwean refugees returning to their home country are reporting fears of a resurgence in anti-foreigner violence in SA, the International Organisation for Migration says.

Haiti: 500 000 living outdoors

2010-01-21 17:02

At least half a million people are living outdoors in improvised camps in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, an organisation says.

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