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2017-03-01 Thousands Killed in Boat Trips to Europe
[CAJ News] Cairo -AT least 700 children are among over 4 500 African nationals that died attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in the past year. Refugee women and migrant children that have survived the deadly journey by boat are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the Central Mediterranean migration route. Recent data in a survey of women and child migrants in Libya during late 2016 reveal the appalling level of abuse along the migration route. At the time of the survey, 2

2017-03-01 Refugee Child Abuse Rampant in Libya - UNICEF
[Al Jazeera] Refugee children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the Central Mediterranean migration route, UNICEF warned in a new report.

2017-03-01 Women and Children Victims of Abuse in Libyan Holding Centres
[RFI] A report issued by United International Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef) on Tuesday reveals that migrants in Libya, mainly women and children, have been victims of abuse, including beatings, rapes and starvation, while living in "hellholes". Unicef says almost 26,000 children, most of them unaccompanied, crossed the Mediterranean last year.

2017-02-28 From Libya With Woes
[Guardian] Within two weeks this month, more than 300 young Nigerians were repatriated from Libya in two batches by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Nigerian embassy in Libya. These are just the latest groups in an exercise that has reportedly been on for the past 14 months. In some cases, the returnees have acted voluntarily; in others, they have been forced out of the country by Libyan authorities. In every case, however, the returnees have nothing but tales of woe and ex

2017-02-28 Women and Child Migrants Raped, Beaten and Detained in Libyan 'Hellholes' - UNICEF
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -"The route is mostly controlled by smugglers, traffickers and other people seeking to prey upon desperate children and women who are simply seeking refuge or a better life"

2017-02-27 Triangular Agreement Allows for Vehicles to Be Shipped From Libya to Sudan Via Egypt
[Radio Dabanga] Tripoli -The Libyan News Agency El Tadamon reports that the authorities allowed the shipment of vehicles from Libya to Sudan through Egypt after the approval of the governments of the three countries.

2017-02-25 What Libya's New Travel Ban Really Means
[RFI] Authorities in control of eastern Libya have banned residents aged between 18 and 45 from travelling abroad without permission. The military government says the aim is to stop people from joining terrorists groups. RFI takes a look at the reasons behind the ban.

2017-02-24 Head of U.S. Africa Command - Rival Libyan Factions Must Work Together
[VOA] The commander of the United States Africa Command -- which oversees military operations across Africa -- has told VOA that the only way to peace in Libya is by bringing together rival governments. General Thomas Waldhauser made the remarks at the recent Munich Security Conference, ahead of Operation Flintlock, a joint military exercise being hosted by seven African nations.

2017-02-24 U.S. Sees a Role for Russia in Trying to Restore Peace in Libya
[VOA] The commander of the United States Africa Command -- which oversees military operations across Africa -- has told VOA that the only way to peace in Libya is by bringing together rival governments. General Thomas Waldhauser made the remarks at the recent Munich Security Conference, ahead of Operation Flintlock, a joint military exercise being hosted by seven African nations.

2017-02-22 171 More Nigerians Voluntarily Return From Libya
[Premium Times] No fewer than 171 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration number TS-1NB.

2017-02-20 Nigeria to Evacuate 230 Nationals From Libya, EU
[Premium Times] The Nigerian government has concluded arrangements to bring back home a fresh set of 180 Nigerians migrants trapped in Libya and 50 deportees from the European Union this week.

2017-02-20 6th Anniversary of Libyan Revolution Marked in Tripoli
[Focac] Tripoli -Celebration for the sixth anniversary of the revolution of February 17 took place on Friday in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

2017-02-20 Nigerian Migrants Recount Ordeals in Libya
[Daily Trust] Lagos -The tales of anguish, pain and maltreatment narrated by recent returnees from Libya confirm the widespread hostilities in the North African country which recently went viral on the cyberspace. Daily Trust on Saturday captured the mood of the returnees who were repatriated on Wednesday.

2017-02-19 Nigerian Libya Returnees Share Dark Stories of Rape and Torture
[Guardian] Nigerian returnees from Libya have appealed to federal and state governments to provide job opportunities for Nigerian youths to prevent them from endangering their lives looking for greener pasture abroad.

2017-02-14 Opinions Differ on EU Deal with Libya to Curb Migration
[VOA] The European Union is touting a plan it says will help Libya curb the number of migrants leaving its shores, but some advocates believe the plan does little more than trap African and Middle Eastern migrants in a war zone.

2017-02-14 The HRC Should Establish the Mandate of an Independent Expert On Libya
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2017-02-14 13 Egyptians Kidnapped in Libya Released - Armed Forces
[Aswat Masriya] Cairo -Egypt's armed forces secured the release of 13 Egyptians who were kidnapped in the northeastern Libyan city of Ajdabia, army spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.

2017-02-12 Trump's Ban Attempt Will Hurt Africa But...
[The Conversation Africa] An Executive Order issued by US President Donald Trump's administration on January 27th suspended all refugee admission for 120 days from seven Muslim countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The political backlash has been severe and US courts have suspended the ban. The Conversation Africa's Samantha Spooner asked Cristiano d'Orsi to explain the impact on Africa's refugees if the ban is reinstated.

2017-02-10 Foreign Minister Gabriel Plays Down Libya As Safe Place to Return Refugees
[Deutsche Welle] At the EU foreign ministers meeting, Germany's Sigmar Gabriel played down proposals to return migrants to Libya. Ministers are pushing the Libyan government to do more to halt an influx of refugees to Europe.

2017-02-08 Father of Slain Is Sympathiser Rescues Granddaughter From Libya
[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -The father of a deceased Islamic State (IS) sympathiser returned to Sudan on Monday with his baby granddaughter, who was born in Libya.

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