Migration in the News | 6 March 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Voice of America and UN News reported on IOM’s USD 24 million appeal for Somalia, as the country faces famine following years of drought. The Huffington Post reported that over 100 people in a single region of the country died in just two days last week.
  • Reuters and AFP reported that according to IOM over 45,000 people have been displaced by the battle to retake the western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State. The battle for the city has displaced over 200,000 people to date.
  • The Washington Post reported that the number of bodies of migrants washing up on Libyan beaches is escalating as the refugee crisis worsens. But migrants face perils even before they step into a boat. It cited IOM data.
  • Reuters reported that almost 1,300 migrants arrived in Sicily on rescue ships over the weekend after crossing the Mediterranean. A 16-year-old boy died on one of the ships. It cited IOM figures.
  • Sputnik and KUNA reported that according to IOM, nearly 17,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea, mainly from Libya, in the first two months of 2017. At least 487 drowned attempting the journey.
  • Sputnik reported that internal displacement could end in Mali this year, if there is no further outbreak of violence. It quoted IOM’s Bakary Doumbia.
  • UN News reported a spike in displacement in Yemen’s Taiz governorate, which has suffered from two years of conflict. It cited IOM data.
  • Xinhua reported that international donors at a humanitarian conference in Olso pledged USD 672 million in aid to northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. The funds will be channeled through IOM, UN partners, ICRC and Norwegian NGOs.

Trending on the Internet

  • The New York Times reported how Ali Sonko, a Gambian migrant who washed dishes for 14 years at Noma, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Denmark, has been made a part-owner of the restaurant.

Quote of the day

"We mustn’t wait for widespread famine to be declared before we act. There’s enough food on the planet for everyone, we just need to ensure that help is reaching those who need it most." – Saleh Saeed, CEO, Disasters Emergency Committee, on Yemen. Read more here

For the latest Mediterranean Update data on arrvals and fatalities please visit: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

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