<![CDATA[Adega911 - News]]>Mon, 14 Mar 2016 19:27:59 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Episode 1: “243 People Disappeared. Young People. Women. Children. And No One Cares”]]>Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:37:55 GMThttp://www.adega911.com/news/episode-1-243-people-disappeared-young-people-women-children-and-no-one-caresFrom medium.com
How do you find a boat that vanished without a trace?
Her name was Segen. In the early hours of the morning of June 28, 2014, she had boarded a boat in Libya with her youngest daughter, Abigail. Segen was 24, slender; Abi was not quite two years old, a frizz of hair and pudgy baby cheeks. They weren’t alone on the boat: All in, there were at least 243 people on board, crammed together, human cargo.

Segen, like most of the other people on the boat, was a refugee from Eritrea — the “North Korea of Africa,” one of the most repressive countries in the world. Everybody was hoping the boat would get them to Italy, away from the hardships back home.

She called her husband, Yafet, the day before the boat left. They hadn’t seen each other for four weeks: While she travelled across Libya, smuggled thousands of miles to the coast with her baby, he’d stayed behind in Sudan. When she made it to Europe, he planned to follow.

The smuggler didn’t let them speak for long, maybe two minutes. It was OK: Yafet could speak with her once she reached Italy.

Read full story at medium.com
<![CDATA[People smuggler who 'transferred thousands to Europe killed in shootout']]>Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:20:10 GMThttp://www.adega911.com/news/people-smuggler-who-transferred-thousands-to-europe-killed-in-shootoutFrom The Guardian

Man referred to as Maskhout and eight others reportedly killed in shootout in Libya after allegedly masterminding key route for refugees from Africa and the Middle East
An alleged ringleader behind the smuggling of thousands of people from Libya to Europe has been targeted in a shootout, with speculation in Tripoli that foreign agents were behind the attack.

A man known as al-Maskhout was attacked on Friday alongside eight other men in the Tripoli suburb of Furnaj by a four-strong hit squad. The Italian government said he died in the attack, while a relative reportedly insisted he is still alive.

​To read full story visit ... The Guardian
<![CDATA[Libya’s Migrant Trade: Europe or Die]]>Fri, 18 Sep 2015 00:24:03 GMThttp://www.adega911.com/news/libyas-migrant-trade-europe-or-die
<![CDATA[Libyan militia captures smugglers allegedly responsible for migrant deaths]]>Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:29:36 GMThttp://www.adega911.com/news/libyan-militia-captures-smugglers-allegedly-responsible-for-migrant-deaths
Rescue workers on the seashore in Zuwara, where the bodies of many of those who drowned ended up. Photograph: Hamza Turkia/Xinhua Press/Corbis
From The Guardian
A militia in Libya’s most notorious smuggling town has made a rare show of force against the area’s influential gangs, capturing some of those alleged to be responsible for the drowning of up to 300 people on Thursday.

The Masked Brigade, a militia that says it upholds law and order in Zuwara in the absence of a functioning Libyan state, seized three men this weekend.

It accused them of responsibility for the sinking of a boat carrying between 400 and 500 people hoping to reach Europe.

The boat began to sink while still in Libyan waters, and the bodies of many of those who drowned washed up on the seashore close to Zuwara.

Rescuers saved 198 people and 110 bodies have been recovered, leaving as many as 200 people unaccounted for.

This visceral reminder of the human cost of the town’s primary source of income prompted protests from sections of Zuwaran society.

Read more here ...

<![CDATA[202 People Remain Unaccounted for as Hopes For Survivors Fade]]>Thu, 06 Aug 2015 22:15:46 GMThttp://www.adega911.com/news/202-people-remain-unaccounted-for-as-hopes-for-survivors-fade
Search operations are ongoing but few are hopeful that more survivors will be found. Photo: Marta Sozyinska / MSF
From migrantreport.org

Some 200 people remain unaccounted for from Wednesday’s shipwreck off Libya according to the final count from the Italian Navy, as hopes for anymore survivors fade.

A spokesman for the Italian Navy told Migrant Report that 373 people were rescued on Wednesday. Six people were evacuated by air to Italy already because they needed medical attention, while the remaining 367 are on board the Irish Navy Vessel, Le Niamh, headed for Palermo.

In all, 25 people have been confirmed dead after their bodies were recovered yesterday. The search continued overnight with at least five  vessels patrolling a different stretch of sea around the disaster zone but no more survivors or bodies were recovered over those taken in yesterday.
Most of those vessels are now engaged with live rescue operations and the search effort is practically over. The number of people feared dead is still sketchy as information kept changing throughout the day yesterday even from official sources.

However, the Italian Navy confirmed that migrants who launched the May Day to the authorities in Catania on Wednesday at 9am (CET) said there were 600 people on board, which would leave some 202 people unaccounted for.

The tragedy happened around 1:00pm (CET) some 15 nautical miles off Zuwara, Libya. The boat overturned after the Le Niamh, approached it with two Rhibs. This created a rush to the side of the boat and it overturned.

The Italian coastguard vessel Mimbelli sent a helicopter to drop life rafts on the site and it is this quick response that saved so many lives. However, the open question concerns how many people were in the boat’s hold.

“Unfortunately, we know through experience that the people who are in the hold have practically no time for escape when a boat capsizes. The hatch is normally no bigger than 1m squared. Unless you happen to be the one sitting right next to that opening, there is little chance of getting out,” MOAS director Martin Xuereb told Migrant Report in a phone call from the Phoenix.

At the time of the phone call (9am CET) the Phoenix was on its way to rescue some 200 people from two rubber dinghies spotted with the vessel’s drone. Earlier, the Italian Navy’s Fiorillo rescued some 390 migrants from a wooden boat.

With the present favourable weather conditions, the likeliness is that more boats will leave between today and tomorrow.

The Italian navy was not in a position to give details on the survivors, but said most were from Syria. The Irish Defence Forces said in a statement on Wednesday that the 367 people they had on board included 342 men, 12 women and 13 children.
<![CDATA[The Mediterranean’s Hidden Body Count]]>Mon, 03 Aug 2015 22:24:35 GMThttp://www.adega911.com/news/the-mediterraneans-hidden-body-count
Libya Red Crescent volunteers recovering three bodies on the shores of Sabratha west of Tripoli on July 2. Photo: LRC
From migrantreport.org

Dozens of bodies are are recovered every month from beaches all along Libya’s west coast. They are almost invariably migrants who would have died on the way to Europe. They are nameless and their deaths don’t even get reported.

Over the past month, Migrant Report tracked the number of bodies recovered by different branches of the Libyan Red Crescent (LRC), the main organisaiton involved in the recovery of these bodies from a 360km stretch of coast between Misurata and the border with Tunisia.

In July alone, the number stands at about 66. None of these deaths made the news. Difficult communication with volunteers and other sources scattered across this vast area makes it hard to pin down details, however, the number is a conservative estimate backed up by multiple sources or photographic evidence of the recovery.

The process has become a gruesome routine, says LRC President Maher Daoub. “This is happening on daily basis, we expect it everyday. It happens so often it has become normal, we are no longer surprised by bodies of migrants washing up,” he said.
Dr. Daoub was originally contacted to confirm information that 100 bodies were found along the coast in Tajoura, a port town 10kms west of Tripoli known as a departure point for migrants.

The LRC had no information on this report but could not deny it either. The alert was raised on July 14 by a spokesman for the capital’s anti-immigration department.

He said the bodies were believed to be of sub-Saharan migrants. They were taken to the morgue at the Tripoli Medical Centre. Officials there also could not confirm the information.

They asked for an official request for information but no reply was forthcoming at the time of writing. However, a source at the morgue said nobody was keeping track of the dead.

“The truth is the centre is swamped, not just with these bodies but with several other problems related to the living. It’s a question of priorities,” the source said.
Libya Red Crescent volunteers recovering 2 bodies of presumed migrants which were buried on the beach in Garabulli on July 26. Photo: LRC
For more go to ... migrantreport.org
<![CDATA[IOM Evacuates Ethiopian Trafficking Victims from Yemen]]>Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:10:55 GMThttp://www.adega911.com/news/iom-evacuates-ethiopian-trafficking-victims-from-yemen
Medical staff check the condition of stranded Ethiopian migrants in Yemen before they return home with IOM. © IOM 2015
Ethiopia - IOM has helped 3,478 vulnerable Ethiopian migrants stranded by the conflict in Yemen, including 229 war casualties, to return home. The majority were stranded en route to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Over the past three weeks, 57 of the returnees have required medical assistance. “We were on board a truck which was taking us to the Saudi border when gunmen started shooting at us. Several of us were shot and two men were killed. The truck had to stop and we were captured by armed men,” said Alemat Fitsum, an 18-year-old returnee, who was shot in the arm. 

IOM organized his return to Ethiopia and referred him to an Ethiopian hospital. Other returnees included migrants suffering burns, gunshot wounds and broken bones – some of them due to the conflict, others inflicted by traffickers, who tortured them to extort ransoms from their families.

Another returnee, Kasim Yesuf, 20, from the Northern Ethiopian province of Wollo, said that his family paid smugglers everything they had to send him to Yemen. But in Yemen he was captured by traffickers, beaten and told to call his family and ask for 5,000 (Saudi) Riyals (USD 1,333) in ransom money.
Kasim’s family borrowed the money from neighbours to save his life. “I would have been burned with melting plastic if they had not sent the money,” he said.

After his family paid the ransom, Kasim was put on a truck to the Saudi border, but an air strike hit the vehicle. “The doctors at the (IOM) transit center said that I will have to wait for a year before the shrapnel in my leg can be taken out,” he explained. 

Another returnee, Melaku Teumai, 20, from Alamata-Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, says that he was lucky to return home uninjured.

“I was told that there are good paying jobs in Saudi herding goats, being a security guard, or working at a factory,” he said.  “Because my father has passed away, I was supporting my family; I had the money to pay the smugglers. After I paid, I was put on a boat. There were 53 of us on the six hour voyage to Yemen. When we got there the Mishwar (traffickers) were waiting for us.”

Melaku and three friends were taken to a compound, where traffickers were beating migrants and demanding ransom money. Melaku’s sister, who lives in Saudi Arabia, paid 4,500 Riyals (USD 1,199) to get him released.

“Because of the war, the Mishwar did not want to take us near the border. They let us go on foot. But we were captured by another armed group who took another 2,500 Riyals (USD 666) from us. There were 12 of us walking for 12 days. A lot of Yemeni people on the street were kind and gave us food and water,” he added.
<![CDATA[Africans seeking better lives pass through Ethiopian town]]>Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:45:38 GMThttp://www.adega911.com/news/africans-seeking-better-lives-pass-through-ethiopian-town
Adamo Anshebo, who is under detention as a suspected smuggling kingpin though he denies the charges, stands in the detention center in Metema.
From yahoo.com

METEMA, Ethiopia (AP) — The mood in the border town of Metema these days is quiet and watchful.

Dozens of houses on the hot, dusty main road that stretches from Ethiopia into Sudan look like they have been hastily closed. Guards grimly patrol the border, stopping anyone who looks like an illegal migrant. The nightclubs and bars are emptier than usual, although they still attract Sudanese who are not allowed to drink alcohol in their own country under Shariah law.

Metema, with about 100,000 people, is one of a handful of towns across the region that serve as feeders for a booming trade in migrants from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, many hoping to make their way to Europe. Life here is now a cat-and-mouse game: The authorities are cracking down, yet the migrants just keep coming, often risking death.

Since 30 Ethiopian Christians who passed through Metema were killed by the Islamic State group in Libya a few months ago, the Ethiopian government has become far more vigilant. It claims it has detained 200 smugglers across the country, and police say about 28 of them are from Metema.

The effect of the crackdown is clear in this town. But while the flow of migrants is down from about 250 a day, it's still strong at 100 to 150, according to Teshome Agmas, the mayor.

"It's just a pity that people choose to endanger their lives in an effort to move out of their country and work in inhumane conditions abroad," he said.

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<![CDATA[Ethiopia mulls tough trafficking law, including death penalty]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:26:39 GMThttp://www.adega911.com/news/ethiopia-mulls-tough-trafficking-law-including-death-penaltyFrom af.reuters.com

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Human traffickers in Ethiopia could face life in jail or the death penalty under a bill presented to parliament on Tuesday aimed at curbing the illegal flow of people in and out of the Horn of Africa country.

The move comes two months after at least 30 Ethiopian migrants were shot and killed by Islamic State militants in Libya and after others have died while heading to Europe on rickety boats across the Mediterranean.

The legislation, proposed by the Ministry of Justice, contains a range of penalties for trafficking and smuggling including fines of up to 500,000 birr ($7,500) and the death penalty in cases where victims suffer severe injury or death.

The bill must be approved by the House of Representatives, which could take several months, officials said.

Although Ethiopia's economy is growing at one of Africa's fastest rates, unemployment still remains high and thousands of people opt to take treacherous treks across the Sahara to reach Europe via the Mediterranean or brave the Gulf of Aden to reach wealthy Gulf states in search of jobs.

For a period of several months beginning in late 2013, Saudi Arabia deported more than 163,000 Ethiopians it said lived in the Kingdom illegally.

The U.S. State Department urged Addis Ababa last year to amend and strengthen its laws to tackle people smuggling, toughen penalties, boost judicial understanding and police capacity, as well as improve oversight of recruitment agencies.

The draft legislation provides immunity to victims and proposes the formation of a national committee led by Ethiopia's deputy prime minister to coordinate anti-trafficking activity.

<![CDATA[Police free 47 hostages in Sudan]]>Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:27:33 GMThttp://www.adega911.com/news/police-free-47-hostages-in-sudan
Human trafficking is widespread on the border between Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia. Hundreds of Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees in Sudan have been abducted and taken as hostages for ransoms. [file photo]
From middleeastmonitor.com

Sudanese police say they have freed 47 foreign nationals being held by human traffickers in the east of the country.

Police director of Kassala state in eastern Sudan, General Omer Almukhtar, said Saturday that the people were freed after heavy clashes between security forces and 10 heavily armed men.

The general revealed that the hostages - all adult males - were from Eritrea and Ethiopia. He said the traffickers were also foreign, but refused to be drawn on their exact nationalities.

"We clashed with the gang groups at the Bahar area on the border between Sudan and Eritrea and we managed to free the hostages and arrest the perpetrators," he said.

Human trafficking is widespread on the border between Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Hundreds of Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees in Sudan have been abducted and taken as hostages for ransoms. Some human rights organizations have accused officials in the local border authorities in Sudan of participating in the trade.

Sudan has refuted these claims.