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  • Social Media Campaign Warns African Migrants: Don’t Leave

    social media campaign warns African migrants By Dana Sanchez, 10:15 am

    Many migrants who make it to Italy don’t tell friends and family about the hardship. A campaign that exposes the realities is now targeting potential African migrants on social media in 15 West and Central African countries — where most arrivals in Italy originate. Posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram give testimonials created by migrants in multiple languages. All end with the warning, “Be aware, brother” and “Be aware, sister.” A record 181,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean in 2016 on flimsy boats operated by smugglers. Of those, 25,000 were mostly unaccompanied children. Arrivals in Italy are up 66% so far in 2017.

  • Remittances To Eritrea Shrink As Refugees Spend Money On Helping Others Leave

    Remittances to Eritrea shrink By Dana Sanchez, 12:35 pm

    In the past, Eritrean authorities were happy for disaffected youth to leave the country, a diplomat told BBC. They were a potential threat to stability and once working abroad, were likely to send remittances home if they made it safely to their destinations. But the outflow is unsustainable. Eritrea now faces a shortage of workers and is doing more to encourage youth to stay, including saying it’s upping the pay for national service.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki

    Isaias Afwerki By Keren Mikva, 4:14 pm

    Afwerki has a shoot-to-kill policy for his border patrols, but many Eritreans take the risk and flee across the border anyway. Eritrea’s refugee crisis has drawn attention to Afwerki’s administration and forced international observers to look more closely at his actions. Last year alone, over 47,000 Eritreans applied for asylum in Europe. The country has about 7 million people. Recently Afwerki was accused of crimes against humanity by the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. He could go before the ICC.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Shell Oil Controversy In Niger Delta

    By Keren Mikva, 12:08 pm AFKI Original

    The Bodo community took Shell Oil to court in the U.K. for 2008 oil spills, in which the Bodo claimed thousands of barrels of oil fouled the land they depended on for livlihood, severely impacting the ecosystem. The $83.4-million agreement, reached in January 2015, is the highest oil spill-related compensation in Nigerian history. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about the decades-long Shell Oil controversy in the Niger Delta.

  • Countries With The Most Slavery In The World In 2014

    By Keren Mikva, 11:14 am AFKI Original

    An estimated 35.8 million people around the world were slaves in 2014, according to the Global Slavery Index. By definition, modern slavery includes forced labor, sexual exploitation, child labor and inter-generational bonded servitude. Every country on Earth is affected, but Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, are disproportionately so. The following are 15 countries with the most slavery in the world in 2014, according to Global Slavery Index.

  • 15 Things You Need To Know About The CIA Torture Report

    By Keren Mikva, 1:29 am AFKI Original

    The recently-released report from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee outlines the controversial EIT (Enhanced Interrogation Technique) practices of the CIA post-9/11 interrogation program. The report delves into the specific torture techniques utilized by CIA operatives against detainees

  • Tunisia Inches Closer Toward Institutional Human Rights Protection

    By Makula Dunbar, 10:25 am

    Tunisia will soon activate special commissions to investigate and prevent torture, child abuse, discrimination and police violence, Human Rights and Transitional Justice Minister Samir Dilou announced on Monday (November 11th).

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