Like many Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa, I travelled from Cape Town to Harare in the December holidays. Luckily all my documents are in order, but for Zimbabweans who have overstayed their allotted time or who do not have the correct documents, the journey is a corruption nightmare.
As a political solution to address Burundi’s crisis remains elusive, neighbouring countries are experiencing massive overcrowding in refugee camps. More than 230,000 refugees have fled the conflict, seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Relief organisations have been calling for urgent assistance.
“I am sick and tired and wish I could be resettled to another country. They should not treat people like animals,” says a man trying to renew his refugee status. He is one of many complaining about the service at Home Affairs on Cape Town’s foreshore.
A boat carrying Ethiopians and Somalians sank off the coast of Somaliland last week, killing about 112 migrants. The accident occurred after the boat experienced technical problems officials said.
Military conscription, the main reason cited by Eritreans who flee the country remains indefinite, despite the government saying it would be limited to 18 months, human rights group Amnesty International says
Eritrean child refugees in Ethiopia recently attempted to kill themselves, while a fifth reportedly succeeded in committing suicide. Some of the children who don’t make it across the Sahara, to Libya or into Europe attempt to take their own lives
The European Union has launched an emergency fund for Africa to mitigate the influx of asylum-seekers in the region’s biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War