Los Angeles Times reported that according to IOM, there were 7,763 deaths in 2016, a 27% jump over the previous year with most of the increase occurring in the Mediterranean Sea. It quoted IOM’s Frank Laczko.
Reuters, News 24, Sudan Tribune, AP, Sputnik and AFP reported the attack on an aid convoy in South Sudan that killed two and injured three, including an IOM health officer. They also quoted IOM DG Swing.
Quartz reported that with former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh gone, some young Gambians are abandoning their risky journey to Europe. Last week, for the first time, IOM helped to repatriate a group of young Gambians willing to return home from Libya.
Deutsche Welle reported the European Court of Justice's decision that EU member states are not obliged to issue humanitarian visas to asylum seekers at their embassies. It quoted IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi.
Reuters reported that fighting between rival people-smuggling gangs on Libya's Mediterranean coast has killed 22 people and injured over 100. Most are believed to have been migrants. It quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
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.
Los Angeles Times reported that as Iraqi security forces breach IS-held neighborhoods in western Mosul, thousands of residents have seized the chance to escape in the ensuing chaos. It quoted IOM’s Hala Jaber.