By Morgane Wirtz. The turquoise sea bordering Zarzis in the south of Tunisia beckons young people to leave for Europe. In this small town, only old people and children are left.
By Morgane Wirtz. At the end of August, at least 500 migrants and asylum seekers from Tunisia landed on the island of Lampedusa. Tunisians represent nearly 40% of all illegal arrivals in Italy this year. Lampedusa is overwhelmed.
In this week’s news highlights: Alarm Phone’s reconstruction of deadly week of shipwrecks off Libya’s coast; 15-fold increase in Libyan COVID-19 cases; IOM resumes migrant repatriation flights from Libya; Major food ration cuts for refugees in East Africa amid funding shortages; Many missing persons from Horn countries and Libya; Eritrean activist missing for over two years in Ethiopia; Italy convicts three men to twenty years in prison for crimes in Libyan detention centre; NGO Mediterranea to resume search-and-rescue operations; France relocates 49 unaccompanied children from Greece; Bosnia and Herzegovina’s restrictions on asylum seekers “discriminatory and reckless”; And Greece continues to claim ‘fake news’ as evidence of abuse and illegal pushbacks mount.