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April 18, 2017

Child refugees in Europe ‘forced to sell bodies’ to pay smugglers

Governments urged to end ‘most heinous human rights violation’ as report finds widespread sexual exploitation of migrant children in Greece

Unaccompanied child refugees in Greece desperate to reach the UK and other parts of northern Europe are being forced to sell their bodies in order to pay smugglers to help them with their journeys, according to a new report from Harvard University.

The report, from Dr Vasileia Digidiki and Prof Jacqueline Bhabha at the university’s centre for health and human rights, reveals what they [...]

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April 10, 2017

Migrants from west Africa being ‘sold in Libyan slave markets’

UN migration agency says selling of people is rife in African nation that has slid into violent chaos since overthrow of Gaddafi

West African migrants are being bought and sold openly in modern-day slave markets in Libya, survivors have told a UN agency helping them return home.

Trafficked people passing through Libya have previously reported violence, extortion and slave labour. But the new testimony from the International Organization for Migration suggests that the trade in human beings has become so [...]

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March 11, 2017

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns Stephen O’Brien

The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, a senior United Nations official has warned.

Without collective and coordinated global efforts, “people will simply starve to death” and “many more will suffer and die from disease”, Stephen O’Brien, the UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the security council in New York on Friday.

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February 6, 2017

Furious Trump says judge who defied him has put US ‘in peril’

Despite rebukes over criticism of judge, president sends angry tweets about suspension of order on refugees and travel from Muslim-majority countries

Donald Trump has escalated his criticism of a federal judge who blocked a ban on travel from seven mainly Muslim countries, and said courts were making US border security more difficult, intensifying the first major legal battle of his presidency.

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