Kenya Must Respect the Human Rights of Somali Refugees

In the wake of the Garissa University College shootings that left nearly 150 people dead, the Kenyan government has threatened to close the world’s largest refugee camp. In response, US Secretary of State John Kerry promised an extra $45m to the United Nations to cope with their refugee crisis, presenting an opportunity for Kenya to support…

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Tanzania Camp Overstretched by Burundi Refugee Influx

Kigoma, Tanzania – Tanzanian authorities say the camp hosting refugees who fled unrest in neighbouring Burundi is full and will have to be expanded. Isaac Nantanga, spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs, told Al Jazeera the Nyarugusu camp, located close to the town of Kisulu, could not accommodate the number of new arrivals in…

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Somaliland: Risking Torture for a Better Life Abroad

Hargeisa, Somaliland – Outside his two bedroom house made of tin in the heart of Hargeisa, capital of the breakaway Somaliland region, Kosar Dhool cuts an exhausted figure burdened with events far heavier than his slim frame can bear. The father of five has been receiving phone calls from his son, Hamza, who has been captured…

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Deadly Disinformation

The tragic death of hundreds of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea has once again brought to light the deadly hypocrisy of Western leaders and their mainstream press. Omissions and distortions are disconnecting the catastrophic event from its roots, preventing the real culprits from being publicly exposed. Were the victims Libyan “migrants seeking a better life…

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Refugees in Libya Face Despair From All Sides

Thousands of migrants embark on the risky sea journey from Libya to Italy’s Lampedusa Island. The Libyan coast guard is poorly equipped, so are Libyan detention centers where for many the journey ends. Barely a day passes without boats that are hardly seaworthy making their way from the coast of Libya towards Europe. On board…

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To Deal with the Refugee Crisis you Need to Understand the Cause

The ongoing crisis in the Mediterranean, which has seen more than 30 times as many people die as in the same period last year, has evoked unprecedented media attention. What should be about a humanitarian tragedy has become hijacked by opportunist politicians, who in many cases have fundamentally and wilfully misrepresented the underlying causes of…

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