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15 dead in Rohingya boat sinking, UN chief tells Myanmar to end ‘nightmare’

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DEAD. People come to see the boat where Rohingya Muslim refugees were found dead on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox’s Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

‘The situation has spiraled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,’ says UN chief Antonio Guterres

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Sept. 29, 2017) — At least 15 people drowned and scores are feared missing after a boat carrying Rohingya families capsized off Bangladesh Thursday, September 28, as UN chief Antonio Guterres exhorted Myanmar’s leaders to end the refugees’ “nightmare.” Continue reading 15 dead in Rohingya boat sinking, UN chief tells Myanmar to end ‘nightmare’

Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

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SEEKING SHELTER. Mujibur Rahman (R), a Rohingya father of 10, carries his belongings, after being evicted with his family, while searching for a place to build a new makeshift shelter at the refugee camp of Kutupalung in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 20, 2017. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Communal tensions remain high across Rakhine. Raids by Rohingya militants at the end of last month spark a massive army crackdown, driving more than 420,000 people into Bangladesh in what the UN calls a campaign of ‘ethnic cleansing.’

SITTWE, Myanmar (Sept. 22, 2017) — An attack on an aid shipment in Myanmar’s violence-wracked Rakhine state and a deadly Red Cross truck crash in Bangladesh on Thursday, September 21, hampered desperately needed relief efforts for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution. Continue reading Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

152 million children worldwide still engaged in labor – ILO

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INDIGENOUS CHILD. Jeraldine Aboy, from the ethnic group Manobo Pulangihon, says she worked in a Bukidnon plantation at the age of 6. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Half of these child laborers are exposed to hazardous work

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 19, 2017) — Despite major gains in minimizing child labor, there remains 152 million children engaged in forced work according to the new report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) released Tuesday, September 19. Continue reading 152 million children worldwide still engaged in labor – ILO

Spain rescues close to 600 migrants at sea in one day

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At least 35 minors, including a baby, are among the flow of migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea as they fled unrest or poverty in their countries

At least 35 minors, including a baby, are among the flow of migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea as they fled unrest or poverty in their countries

MADRID, Spain (Aug. 17, 2017) — Spanish coastguards rescued nearly 600 people from 15 boats and a jet ski on Wednesday, August 16, in the waters between Morocco and Spain, a route increasingly used by migrants trying to reach Europe. Continue reading Spain rescues close to 600 migrants at sea in one day

Libyan coastguard intercepts 137 migrants

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DANGEROUS JOURNEY. Migrants wait to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, 30 nautical miles from the Libyan coast, on August 6, 2017. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

The migrants are the latest to risk their lives, trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe

TRIPOLI, Libya (Aug. 6, 2017) — Libya’s coastguard intercepted 137 migrants including 5 women and 3 children on Sunday, August 6, as they attempted to reach Europe, a migration official told Agence France-Presse. Continue reading Libyan coastguard intercepts 137 migrants

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

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BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Italy summons Austria’s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year

ROME, Italy (Jul. 5, 2017) — Italy summoned Austria’s ambassador Tuesday, July 4, after Vienna threatened to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year. Continue reading Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya

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General Ayoub Kacem says the boat’s hull was completely destroyed and the survivors, all men, were found clinging to a floating device

TRIPOLI, Libya (Apr. 14, 2017) — At least 97 migrants went missing after their boat sank Thursday, April 13, off the Libyan coast, a navy spokesman said. Continue reading At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya

Iraq forces advance in renewed Mosul push

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Fire and smoke billow following a car bomb explosion as Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters in Mosul on March 5, 2017, during an offensive to retake the western parts of the city from the jihadists. Aris Messinis/AFP

The operation to retake west Mosul, the largest urban population center still in the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, began on February 19, but had slowed amid several days of bad weather until a renewed drive began March 5

MOSUL, Iraq (Mar. 7, 2017) — Iraqi security forces advanced Monday, March 6, towards a compound of jihadist-held government buildings and a bridgehead, on the second day of a renewed push in west Mosul, officers said. Continue reading Iraq forces advance in renewed Mosul push

Thousands flee anti-ISIS offensives in Iraq and Syria

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DISPLACED. Iraqi families walk down a road as they flee Mosul on March 3, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State fighters. File photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

In just a little over a week, more than 45,000 are displaced in Iraq and over 26,000 are forced to flee in Syria

MOSUL, Iraq (Mar. 6, 2017 ) — Tens of thousands of civilians have fled offensives against the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists are battling to keep what remains of their territory, the United Nations (UN) said Sunday, March 5. Continue reading Thousands flee anti-ISIS offensives in Iraq and Syria

Iraq minister criticizes UN efforts for displaced civilians in Mosul

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The UN says it is working as fast as possible to help those displaced in the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Mar. 5, 2017) — An Iraqi minister on Saturday, March 4, sharply criticized UN efforts to aid civilians fleeing fighting in west Mosul, even as the United Nations insisted that providing such assistance was the “top priority”. Continue reading Iraq minister criticizes UN efforts for displaced civilians in Mosul