People in North Africa

  • UN wants Libya to agree to shut down migrant camps

    LIBYA, 2017/11/29 The United Nations wants Libya's internationally-backed government to acknowledge to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants, most of whom will be sent back to their nations, the chief of the IOM said Tuesday. The detention of the migrants, most of whom are fleeing poverty, has become a pressing issue next video footage showing African men sold in Libyan slave auctions sparked world outrage. UN wants Libya's internationally-backed government to agree to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants that will be deported back to their countries.
  • Macron visits Africa amid anger over human trafficking and slavery

    LIBYA, 2017/11/29 The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will start a four-day visit to Africa on Monday amid growing anger across the continent about politicians’ collective failure to do additional to clamp down on human trafficking, and even slave auctions, in Libya. The revelations by CNN of apparent slave auctions in Libya a fortnight ago led to widespread condemnation, but as well claims that European politicians had been repeatedly warned about the dire national of Libyan migrant detention centres, inclunding systematic abuse, amounting to slavery. Macron has called for an emergency conference of the United Nations security council this week, saying such auction houses are a crime against humanity. The fierceness of his intervention may have been prompted by his high-profile visit to sub-Saharan Africa built around a carefully crafted theme of empowering Africa’s youth.
  • Extremists attacked mosque in Egypt

    EGYPT, 2017/11/29 Extremists attacked mosque in Egypt because they believe Sufi Muslim worshippers are heretics who must be ‘eradicated’ Rawda Mosque is frequented by Sufi Muslims, followers of a mystical form of Islam that is deemed to be heretical by Islamic National and other Sunni extremists. On Friday, at least 305 Egyptians were killed by terrorists who detonated a bomb in a crowded mosque, again sprayed frantic worshippers with gunfire as they fled. It was deadliest attack in the country’s modern history. It “was horrific,” local Ibrahim Sheteewi told The New York Times.
  • Male rape used systematically in Libya as instrument of war

    LIBYA, 2017/11/04 Videos and testimony expose brutal tactics used by several factions in fractured country. Male rape is being used systematically in Libya as an instrument of war and political domination by rival factions, according to multiple testimonies gathered by investigators. Years of work by a Tunis-based group and witnessed by a journalist from Le Monde have produced harrowing reports from victims, and video footage showing men being sodomised by various objects, inclunding rockets and broom handles. In several instances, witnesses say a victim was thrown into a room with other prisoners, who were ordered to rape him or be killed.
  • Children on the move from Africa do not first aim to go to Europe, new UNICEF study shows

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 Children on the move into Europe from Africa take the decision to leave home on their own and do not initially intend to go to Europe. For the majority the systematic trauma and abuse they witnessed or suffered in Libya caused them to flee to Europe and take the terrifying Central Mediterranean sea route, according to a new study commissioned by UNICEF and carried out by REACH.
  • 'Family Planning is Not Only Life-Saving, But Empowering'

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/12 "Contraceptives empower women. And empowered women ... well, they transform societies" Contraceptives are "one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known", philanthropist Melinda Gates said on Tuesday, calling for family planning to be a world priority. Access to birth control boosts economic productivity by allowing women to earn an gain and leads to smaller families with additional resources to spend on children's health and education, Gates said.
  • Africa population growth key at AU summit

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  • Africa facing shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/02 Unemployment crisis will ravage the continent if it doesn’t opt for market-based development, according to statement by Tony Blair’s Institute Parts of Africa could face a massive unemployment crisis by 2040, with “catastrophic” consequences for the world economy, new research has found. The statement predicted a shortfall of 50 million jobs, which should serve as a “wake up call” for governments across much of the continent, inclunding international donors and agencies. According to the analysis by the Tony Blair Institute for World Change, based on world bank data, the labour force in sub-saharan Africa will be 823 million by 2040, up from 395 million in 2015. However, total number of jobs is only expected to hit 773 million, it said, leaving 50 million people in Africa unemployed.
  • Omar Sharif Dies At 83

    EGYPT, 2015/07/12 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Doctor Zhivago' star multiple award-winning actor, Omar Sharif, died on Friday from a heart attack at a Cairo hospital, aged 83, his agent Steve Kenis said according to a BBC statement. Egypt-born Sharif won two Golden Globe awards and an Oscar nomination for his role as Sherif Ali in David Lean's 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. Before this year, his agent confirmed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Omar Sharif was born on April 10, 1932 as Michel Demetri Chalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt, to a Melkite Catholic family of Lebanese descent. He studied at Victoria College, where he became active in sports and developed interest in theatre and acting. Next obtaining a degree in mathematics and physics at the University of Cairo, he worked for five years in his father's precious wood business before studying acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
  • The European Union (EU) and Tunisia signed an agreement on population

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2014/03/05 The European Union (EU) and Tunisia on Monday signed an agreement on the movement of populations between the Europe and Tunisia. The EU Commissioner in charge of Interior affairs, Mrs Cecilia Malmström, and the Tunisian ambassador to the EU, Tehar Cherif, both read a joint declaration, stating that the agreement is as well meant to promote a common and responsible management of migration -- through the simplification of visa procedures. Mrs. Malmström indicated that the EU will support the Tunisian authorities in their efforts regarding political asylum with a view to establishing a system of protection for refugees and asylum seekers.