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23 July 2018

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Mohammad poses for a photo wearing a Brazil jersey at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on July 19, 2018. AFP / Munir Uz Zaman

World Cup Fever Still Raging in Rohingya Refugee Camps

Bangladesh (The Peninsula Qatar) – The World Cup may be over but passion for the game burns bright in the world's largest refugee camp, where Brazil and Argentina flags still flutter alongside the red and green of Bangladesh, which hosts nearly a million Rohingya Muslims forced out of Myanmar.

For many young refugees in Bangladesh's southeast this World Cup was their first, and the excitement of the final shows no sign of abating any time soon.

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Malian Ibrahim Assanoko leans on a car labourers use to reach work. Photo: Elisa Oddone/Al Jazeera

Exploited, Hated, Killed: The Lives of African Fruit Pickers

Italy (Aljazeera) –  Drame Madiheri is a Malian crop-picker in Italy's southern Calabria region.

Filling one crate with oranges earns him a euro ($1.17) during harvest season, which runs from November until March.

If he's lucky, a nine-hour workday in the biting winter of the vast Gioia Tauro Plain will bring in 25 euros.

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Fekadu: "After many challenges, my wife and I decided to return to Ethiopia and work. We are now in a good situation."

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  • Maritime Executive reported that the 2018 Global Slavery Index produced by Walk Free, ILO and IOM confirmed that modern slavery is a crime that affects all countries globally, including highly developed countries.
     
  • UN News reported that one year after the liberation of Iraq’s Mosul city from ISIL, the UN noted there have been ‘many humanitarian achievements’ and ‘a multitude of challenges’.
     
  • Rudaw reported that according to USAID, explosives and contamination hazards pose a real threat to internally displaced people who have returned to Mosul since the liberation of the city.
     
  • Sri Lanka’s The Island, Daily FT and Asian Mirror reported that Sri Lankan Minister Harin Fernando highlighted the long-term productive contributions made by Sri Lankan migrant workers to the growth of the country’s economy during a meeting with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and senior IOM officials in Geneva.
     
  • AFP/Tico Times reported that Costa Rica has built two shelters to house Nicaraguan migrants fleeing the country’s ongoing political crisis.
     
  • The Telegraph reported that Afghanistan is facing the most severe drought in decades, due to the cumulative effect of several years of low rainfall that has seen agriculture collapse. 
     
  • Xinhua reported that violent clashes between communities on the border of Ethiopia's largest Oromia regional state and Southern region have forced at least 970,000 people to flee their homes since April.
     
  • The Leadership reported that the absence of automated border posts is heightening insecurity in Nigeria.

  • The Conversation published an op-ed which noted that immigration can offset the potential adverse consequences for the future as Australia’s population ages.