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Morocco’s child maids suffer like ‘slaves’

Posted by on 19/04/2018
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Morocco’s child maids suffer like ‘slaves’

Morocco’s child maids suffer like ‘slaves’

Underage workers suffer from degrading working, living conditions RABAT: “Even a pet animal is better treated,” sobs 17-year-old Fatima, one of thousands of young girls exploited and too often abused while working as housemaids for unscrupulous employers in Morocco. She has managed to get to the Annajda help centre for battered women in the capital, […]

Migrants face rape, torture

Posted by on 18/04/2018
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Migrants face rape, torture

Migrants face rape, torture

DUBAI: Men, women and children fleeing the Horn of Africa have faced torture and sexual violence in conflict-wracked Yemen at the hands of government officials, Human Rights Watch said yesterday. The watchdog said researchers interviewed eight migrants at a detention facility in the southern city of Aden and Yemeni government officials. The United Nations refugee […]

Calls for ‘proof of life’ after Chibok girls death claims

Posted by on 17/04/2018
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Calls for ‘proof of life’ after Chibok girls death claims

Calls for ‘proof of life’ after Chibok girls death claims

KANO: Nigeria is facing calls to establish how many of the missing Chibok schoolgirls are still alive, after claims that nearly 100 of them may have lost their lives in captivity. Parents of the missing girls and supporters gathered in the small town in remote northeast Nigeria on Saturday to mark the fourth anniversary of […]

DR Congo ex-child fighters trapped in a twilight zone

Posted by on 15/04/2018
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DR Congo ex-child fighters trapped in a twilight zone

DR Congo ex-child fighters trapped in a twilight zone

Unrest claims more than 3,380 lives KANANGA: Hundreds of former child fighters in Democratic Republic of Congo’s volatile Kasai region face an uncertain future, spurned by their families and their dreams brutally shattered. Antho Panu, a 17-year-old, remembers the day when Kamwina Nsapu militia came to her village to recruit fighters to battle government soldiers. […]

Algeria in mourning after its most deadly plane crash

Posted by on 12/04/2018
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Algeria in mourning after its most deadly plane crash

Algeria in mourning after its most deadly plane crash

The country’s worst-ever aviation catastrophe ALGIERS: Algerians yesterday mourned 257 people killed in a military plane crash the day before, the country’s worst-ever aviation catastrophe, with no indication yet of the cause. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced three days of national mourning after the plane slammed into a field near the Boufarik airbase 30 kilometers south […]

Rwandan Hutus in limbo as refugee status evaporates

Posted by on 12/04/2018
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Rwandan Hutus in limbo as refugee status evaporates

Rwandan Hutus in limbo as refugee status evaporates

A ghastly repercussion of the Rwandan genocide BÉTOU, Congo: “They are telling me to go. Go where? What would I do back there? Everyone’s dead,” says Gilbert Bigirimana, an 18-year-old Rwandan living in Republic of Congo who has never set foot on Rwandan soil. Bigirimana is among thousands of Rwandans who, a generation after the […]

Zimbabwe play smashes taboo, mocking ousted Mugabes

Posted by on 12/04/2018
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Zimbabwe play smashes taboo, mocking ousted Mugabes

Zimbabwe play smashes taboo, mocking ousted Mugabes

‘Every Zimbabwean was happy when Mugabe decided to resign.’ “The president is in charge and that means me too,” says Zimbabwe’s “former first lady Grace Mugabe” to howls of laughter from the theatre audience. “Everyone must rally behind me, the mother of the nation. I am the wife of the president.” “Grace” was on the […]

Military plane crash kills 257 in Algeria’s worst air disaster

Posted by on 11/04/2018
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Military plane crash kills 257 in Algeria’s worst air disaster

Military plane crash kills 257 in Algeria’s worst air disaster

Amir sends condolences – Polisario members, Western Sahara refugees among dead ALGIERS: More than 250 people including Western Sahara refugees were killed when a military plane crashed near Algeria’s capital yesterday, state media said, with witnesses saying they saw a wing catch fire shortly after the plane took off. Dozens of firefighters, rescue workers and […]

17 killed in clashes between UN and militia in C African capital

Posted by on 11/04/2018
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17 killed in clashes between UN and militia in C African capital

17 killed in clashes between UN and militia in C African capital

‘Here are the dead, which we have brought here’ BANGUI: Seventeen people and a UN peacekeeper were killed Tuesday in clashes in a Muslim enclave of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), in the city’s bloodiest flare up in years. Hundreds of angry residents of the PK5 district gathered yesterday outside the headquarters […]

African migrants lament Netanyahu’s reversal

Posted by on 09/04/2018
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African migrants lament Netanyahu’s reversal

African migrants lament Netanyahu’s reversal

Netanyahu has repeatedly referred to them as ‘infiltrators’ TEL AVIV: In a park near Tel Aviv’s central bus station, dozens of African migrants waited for Israelis to offer them work, trying to eke out a living in a country where many want them to leave. Only days before, a solution had been announced that would […]

Sudan repatriates seven female ‘IS members’ from Libya

Posted by on 05/04/2018
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Sudan repatriates seven female ‘IS members’ from Libya

Sudan repatriates seven female ‘IS members’ from Libya

KHARTOUM: Sudanese security agents on Wednesday brought home from Libya seven Sudanese women who they said were members of the jihadist Islamic State group. The seven women, dressed in traditional Sudanese clothes and wearing headscarves, were shown to journalists at Khartoum airport where they were welcomed by their relatives amid chants of “Allahu Akbar”. Three […]

Netanyahu cancels deal on African migrants in shock reversal

Posted by on 03/04/2018
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Netanyahu cancels deal on African migrants in shock reversal

Netanyahu cancels deal on African migrants in shock reversal

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled an agreement with the UN refugee agency yesterday aimed at avoiding forced deportations of thousands of African migrants only hours after having announced the deal himself. The stunning turnaround after Netanyahu announced the accord in a televised address on Monday afternoon came as he faced mounting pressure from […]