US renews special status for hundreds of Somalis until 2020

The Trump administration has allowed some 500 Somalis who escaped war from their home country to remain in the US until at least March 2020. The US homeland security department announced on Thursday that it granted the Somalis permission to stay in the country due to the “ongoing armed conflict and

UN special envoy for Somali refugees visits Eritrea

The United Nations special envoy for the Somali refugee situation has visited Eritrea as parts of his efforts to look for solutions to the Somali refugee problem. Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey said on Twitter that he reached Asmara, the Eritrean capital, for a "series of productive meetings and agreements with government

Over 900 people died since January trying to reach Europe – UN

At least 972 people have lost their lives at sea since the beginning of 2018 while trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean, the United Nations migration agency has said. IOM said that 44,957 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 as of 27 June. "Worldwide, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project

MSF faces sex abuse and prostitution claims in Africa 

Several former female employees at Doctors without Borders (MSF) have alleged that aid workers at the charity widely used "local prostitutes" while working in Africa. One former aid worker said MSF employees even gave medication in exchange for sex. The whistle-blowers spoke anonymously to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme. In February, MSF said

Somali child refugees in Uganda outshine hosts in school – report

Somali child refugees in Uganda have better literacy and numeracy skills than their Ugandan counterparts, a new report says. The report (PDF) says that the “levels of learning are poor across refugee and non-refugee contexts, although in some cases; refugee communities perform better than the host communities”. The new adds that “data…show

France honours Muslim migrant for saving child from balcony

A young Muslim migrant from Mali has been granted French citizenship after saving a child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony in Paris. Mamoudou Gassama, since described by the French media as the "Malian Spiderman", scaled the facade of the building with his bare hands to save the four-year-old child. He later met

Kenyan refugee camp to host historic TEDx conference

A refugee camp in Kenya will next month host a TEDx event, an offshoot of the global conference on ideas popularly known as TED Talks. TEDxKakumaCamp at the Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya will take place on 9 June and is set to be livestreamed, the United Nations refugee agency,

More than 140 Somalis return from conflict-hit Yemen

More than 140 Somali refugees returned from Yemen on Tuesday (24 April) amid an ongoing civil war in the Middle Eastern country, the UN refugee agency said. "141 returnees from Yemen this morning arrived at the port city of Berbera... Government officials and other partners were on standby to assist them with