Migrants detained in Tripoli face rising food prices

Migrants held in Tripoli’s detention centres are struggling to cope with rising food prices as conflict continues in and around the cityAl Jazeera reported.

Detainees at the Abu Salim detention centre say food prices have more than doubled since clashes started on 4 April 2019. More than 400 people including about 30 children are now living at the centre in southern Tripoli.

The Libyan government should provide for the people it detains, but migrants said they have been buying their own food for the last six months. They either work for the cash or wait for money sent by their families such as those in Eritrea, Somalia, and Sudan.

The escalation of the conflict in Libya has now made it much harder for them to receive money from home. “At this time, because of the war, the way of receiving money from family [is] completely closed. Also, there’s no transportation. Due to the war, it’s impossible to bring any food from outside,” said a teenager at the centre.  “We don’t have any food from any NGO. Like me, people don’t have money… It is very hard.”

Hunger at the Abu Salim centre is disproportionately affecting those who are already weak, such as those suffering from tuberculosis.

“We adapt to hunger, […] we accept [it],” said an Eritrean teenager there. “[We don’t care] about the scarcity of food, but we care about our life. How to leave the worst country of Libya to [a] safe place. Please, you do your best to evacuate us to a safe place.”

According to a report from Al Jazeera, there are roughly 3,000 migrants held in detention centres run by the Libyan authorities.

A spokesperson from Doctors Without Borders, Craig Kenzie, told Al Jazeera that food has been a chronic issue before and since the conflict. “We reiterate the obligation that the [UN-backed Tripoli] government has in providing sufficient amounts of quantity and quality of food for people that they have chosen to arbitrarily detain in these detention centres,” he said.

Aid agencies are working to evacuate migrants caught in the crossfire. On 1 May 2019, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) evacuated 325 Eritrean, Sudanese and Nigerian migrants from the Qasr Ben Gashir detention centre in southern Tripoli to Azzawya in western Libya where they will be “at reduced risk of being caught up in the hostilities.”

 

Sources: https://www.themigrantproject.org/tripoli-rising-food-prices/

 

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Kabbee – An association for Refugees

Khartoum, Sudan – Kabbee is an Eritrean association founded in California USA, in December 2017 by committed Eritreans. The main purpose of the association is to provide trainings to Eritrean refugees and equip them with different skills such as computer applications, English language, wood and metal works, driving, etc… Currently its activities are limited in Sudan, Egypt and through time Kabbee will expand to Uganda and Ethiopia.

Some of the trainees

 The association has conducted seminar on May 13th in Khartoum, Sudan. Founder of the association Mr. Alazar Yosief Hashenkit explained to the participants how and why the association was established and so far what are achieved and what future plan does the association has. In his explanation, Mr. Alazar, said that though the association was founded in December 2017, however it became functional and active starting from March 2018. Mr. Yosief added that the association started its activities, with limited resources, by providing training on computer and wood and metal works to limited number of Eritrean refugees in Khartoum, Sudan. He added that with time the training was made to include different skills and since its inception Kabbee has provided training to 822 refugees of which 632 have completed their training.

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Objectives of Kabbee

Eritrean refugees in the countries where they live in or stay for transition face different challenges such as language barrier, financial problems and unemployment. To address these challenges Kabbee has taken the initiative to play a role. One of the main objectives of the association is to help Eritrean refugees to acquire skills and knowledge which will help them to develop themselves and use their time purposefully.

Future Plan

Mr. Yonas Head of Training in Sudan and Egypt pointed out that Kabbee will expand its activities to Uganda and Ethiopia to create similar opportunity for Eritrean refugees residing in these countries. In addition Mr. Yonas indicated that the association will expand its limited activities in Cairo to include different training and skills, introduce advanced education, open training and testing centres. Furthermore, graduate and post graduate programs through online are also part of the long term plan of the association.”

Kabbee is an association independent of any religion or any political organization which only strives to help Eritrean refugees. All trainings provided by Kabbee are free of charge. The word ‘Kabbee ’ is in Belien (which is one of the languages spoken in Eritrean) and its meaning is to help.

22 Eritreans arrested in Kenya

22 Eritreans were arrested on Wednesday 15 May, 2019 on suspicion of victims of human trafficking. Here follows the news according to http://www.mediamaxnetwork.co.ke .

Special Crimes Prevention Unit detectives are holding 22 Eritreans suspected to be victims of human trafficking.  They were arrested during a sting operation on Thika Road on Wednesday night. They include 18 women and four men aged between 15 and 38 years. Four Kenyans believed to be the masterminds of the racket are in police custody.

Police said the Eritreans were being ferried in two vehicles and escorted by another vehicle with two occupants. Two drivers, identified as Amin Shariff Abdul Qadir and Elias Mahabub, are being interrogated.  “They are being held at Kasarani Police Station,” a senior detective said.

Muhsan Shariff Abdikadir, a Kenyan, is believed to be the facilitator of movements of the illegal aliens into the country before the transit to South Africa. Sharrif and his driver, Muhamed Doyo, are also in police custody.

Kenya has been cited as a key source, point of transit and destination of domestic and international human trafficking web targeting women and children.

EU funding for African entrepreneurs to boost jobs

A new EU programme aims to invest in young entrepreneurs and women in Africa and in turn deter them from migrating abroad.

The EU ‘Small Loans and Guarantee Programme Risk-Sharing Facility’ which forms part of the ‘External Investment Plan’ (EIP), will give young African entrepreneurs the opportunity to boost their small businesses. Under the programme, EUR 4.2 million has been allocated to help banks in Africa better assist small businesses and boost job creation. Local banks in Africa will be able to administer tailored loans and financial products to young Africans in low-income, fragile and conflict-affected countries.

The Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica said; “This new programme worth over EUR 4 million will make a real difference for those who often struggle to access sources of financing for their business ideas: women, young entrepreneurs or small businesses in low-income countries. We expect to support some 50,000 small businesses and help to create up to 200,000 jobs.”

Europe has been supporting young Africans and equipping them with the skills they need to get a job at home and in turn deter young people from migrating abroad. For example, in August 2018, the UK signed a GBP 115 million grant designed to create 100,000 jobs for locals and refugees in Ethiopia. In August 2018, Italy also announced plans to invest EUR 1 billion in Northern African countries to help stem migration flows from the region. North Africa is a major point of transit for irregular migrants heading towards Europe.

In December 2018, the EU also introduced the ‘EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa’ which aims to assist vulnerable migrants, foster labour migration and reduce irregular migration to Europe. Since 2015, the EU fund has allocated EUR 582.2 million to finance 23 programs to deal with migration-related challenges in Africa.

 

 

Libyan coastguard stops migrant rescue

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The Libyan coastguard has not been operating in its maritime rescue zone over the past month, according to reports from German search and rescue NGO Sea-Eye.

Instead, they are being deployed for combat operations in the civil war between Haftar Libyan National Army and the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord. Some of these boats were supplied to Libya by Italy and France.

The Libyan coastguard has largely been responsible for rescues in the Mediterranean Sea, in the absence of NGO rescue boats and the halting of Operation Sophia’s naval operations. Between 1 January and 1 May 2019, 257 people lost their lives while attempting to migrate to Europe from Libya by sea, according to latest data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

“Obviously, the government of Tripoli has its own problems instead of dealing with EU border protection,” says Gorden Isler, a spokesperson for the German humanitarian rescue organisation Sea-Eye.

 

For the full story Visit https://www.themigrantproject.org/libyan-coastguard-stops-rescues/