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‘World Falling Part”: Record number of people displaced in own countries

‘World Falling Part”: Record number of people displaced in own countries

EMMA FARGE IN a world beset by conflicts and natural disasters, the number of people who fled their homes and sought shelter within their own countries hit a record high of close to 60 million by the end of last year, according to new data. Disasters, including weather events such as cyclones and floods in Asia as well as protracted conflicts in places like Syria, Afghanistan and Ethiopia were factors behind high levels of new displacements last year, according to the report compiled by the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). "The world is falling apart, too many countries are…
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Ghana’s human trafficking scourge

Ghana’s human trafficking scourge

JAMILA AKWELEY OKERTCHIRI “It feels like yesterday when I was deceived by one man who claimed to be a travelling agent. He promised me a work opportunity and a good salary,” says 25-year-old Cissy, as she prefers to be called. “As a young lady coming from an average family who really needed help, I fell for his lies.” Cissy says although she was a bit sceptical about the offer and afraid of her destination country, the so-called travel agent convinced her that she had nothing to worry about. “He said I had a host mom who would receive me at…
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Xenophobia is on the rise in South Africa: scholars weigh in on the migrant question

Xenophobia is on the rise in South Africa: scholars weigh in on the migrant question

INTERNATIONAL migration in South Africa, particularly as it relates to the labour market, is a highly contentious topic. We, the undersigned migration scholars, want to share relevant information about this important topic. Our work shows that international migrants make up only a small percentage of the South African population, and that the overall effect of international immigration on the labour market is not detrimental. Preliminary data analysis from the 2021 round of the South African Social Attitudes Survey by the Human Sciences Research Council finds that most South Africans see foreign nationals as a threat. Many believe they are a…
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Kenyan domestic workers’ doomed voyages to the Gulf

Kenyan domestic workers’ doomed voyages to the Gulf

JOYCE CHIMBI DISTRESS calls from vulnerable Kenyan women in Saudi Arabia experiencing mistreatment and torture at the hands of their employers went from 88 in 2019/2020 to 1,025 just one year later. And this fear is all too familiar for 28-year-old Wanjiku Njoki. The young woman’s whose search for greener pastures in the Gulf landed her in the hands of a physically, mentally, and verbally abusive employer. In 2018, she travelled to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. That year, Wanjiku was one of an estimated 57,000 to 100,000 Kenyans who travel to Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain annually,…
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In the year to end child labour, COVID wreaks havoc

In the year to end child labour, COVID wreaks havoc

EMELINE WUILBERCQ FOR Ivorian police commissioner Luc Zaka, 2021 was an especially good year. He and his team rescued more than 1,750 children from harsh work on the country's cocoa plantations and helped put several traffickers behind bars. "We had to do everything possible to ensure our cocoa is quality cocoa that is not produced by children," said Zaka, who heads a specialist unit fighting child labour in Ivory Coast - the world's biggest cocoa supplier. Named International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, 2021 was meant to boost such efforts to stamp out the practice. But despite some…
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Trafficked, trapped in Libya: A Nigerian woman’s story

Trafficked, trapped in Libya: A Nigerian woman’s story

SAM OLUKOYA MIRIAM* hoped for a better life in Europe. Instead, her journey ended in Libya, where, double-crossed by traffickers she was raped and abused.  She has returned to Nigeria and shared her experiences with Sam Olukoya. Miriam fell pregnant and gave birth to a son. In this short documentary, she tells of the growing love for her child, whom she describes as “a very cool guy”.(*Not her real name) https://youtu.be/lWBRHN0wLkY This article is republished from IPS and can be read here.
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Cameroon’s sex workers seek a digital solution

Cameroon’s sex workers seek a digital solution

AMINDEH BLAISE ATABONG AS dusk fell one evening in March 2020, Giftie Ade Kumbi, alias Vanessa, sat in a bar in Cameroon’s capital city of Yaoundé. The 24-year-old sex worker was searching for a customer despite a 6pm curfew on the operation of bars, restaurants and entertainment spots because of the pandemic.  The bar was quiet and the doors partially closed. “I was hoping to make at least 5 000 francs CFA [about R130] that day. But to my great dismay, five policemen swooped on me. One ordered me to get up and go climb on their patrol pickup truck which…
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Congo’s women stepped up to fight Ebola. Now they want equality

Congo’s women stepped up to fight Ebola. Now they want equality

ANGE KASONGO WHEN Ebola hit her town three years ago, Congolese seamstress Zawadi Kavira did something previously unthinkable in her conservative community - she became a builder. Construction was traditionally seen as men's work in Mangina in North Kivu province, where the Democratic Republic of Congo's worst-ever Ebola epidemic began. But the rural community needed extra hands to build a dedicated treatment centre, and although the work - fetching water, digging holes and transporting gravel - was hard, it was rewarding and relatively well-paid. "I tried to make myself useful," said the 39-year-old, one of hundreds of local women engaged…
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From Dadaab to Mogadishu, and back again? A Somali refugee’s journey

From Dadaab to Mogadishu, and back again? A Somali refugee’s journey

ABDIRAHMAN AHMED ADEN I can’t take this city anymore – I need to get out. I’ve spent 10 months trying to build a better future for myself, and now I admit defeat. Nearly all my life I’ve lived as a Somali refugee in Dadaab, a sprawling complex of camps stuck in an arid corner of northeastern Kenya – dependent on humanitarian handouts.  I always wanted more than that. Friends of mine have returned to Somalia and succeeded: They are fulfilling their potential; they're making a difference – so why not me? But what I didn’t bargain for were the bombings,…
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Internally displaced children in Nigeria need more protection from the state

Internally displaced children in Nigeria need more protection from the state

INTERNAL displacement of people has been a recurring challenge in Nigeria. There are several factors that contribute to it, but violent conflicts caused by religious extremism and ethnic clashes remain the most important. OLANIKE ADELAKUN, Instructor, School of Law, American University of Nigeria Violent attacks by Boko Haram since 2009 have displaced over two million people. Between 2005 and 2021, over 8,000 people lost their lives to clashes between farmers and herders across Nigeria, with hundreds of thousands also displaced. Children account for about 60% of the internally displaced persons in Nigeria. Many of them live in camps and one…
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