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04 June 2018

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Syrian refugees cheered on England, which won 2-1 against Nigeria at Wembley on 2 June. Photo: IOM

Dreams Come True as Refugees Cheer on England Ahead of World Cup

London (IOM) – Fifteen Syrian refugees cheered on England’s Three Lions 2-1 victory in a friendly match against Nigeria at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday (02/06).

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and England’s Football Association (FA) partnered in the initiative that invited and brought the Syrians to Wembley for the match which took place just two weeks before the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia.

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Sami Hary arrived in England as a refugee from Sudan and now plays regularly at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.

Find Out How Football is Helping Sami, a Refugee from Sudan, Find His Feet in England

Preston (The FA) – For six days, we were in the boat and on the sea from Egypt. There was waves and water getting into the boat. There were 600 people on the boat, including women and children and with no water or food, people were dying.

The ship was going to Italy and it was supposed to take seven days but after six days, a ship from France or Italy – I’m not quite sure – came and saved the people.

Before that, I was living a very good life in Sudan, I was happy there. I was born in the Darfur region and grew up in Nyala, where I played football with my friends every day and for a team at U17 and U19 level.

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“Colosseo band” is a music street-band performing in Rome for years. Photo: Maged Srour / IPS

Migrants Bringing Melodies to the Streets of Rome: Traditional Music Returns to the Eternal City

Rome (IPS) – During the past recent years, the city of Rome has experienced a rise in the presence of musicians in its streets and in particular those playing traditional sounds. It does not take a long time, while walking in the streets of Rome, to see a band playing joyful traditional sounds in Piazza Navona. The group renamed itself “Colosseo Band” but they are all from Eastern Europe. A double bass, violins, guitars and a xylophone: this unique assortment gives rise to an explosion of pleasant sounds that make people dance in the same square.

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  • BBC, Hurriyet Daily News, Voice of America, El País and Reuters reported that at least 48 migrants died after their boat capsized off the eastern coast of Tunisia.

  • AFP reported that nine Syrian refugees, including seven children, trying to reach Europe drowned on Sunday when their speedboat sank off Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.

  • Voice of America reported that  IOM has repatriated 150 Somali migrants stranded in Libya this past week. Most had been held in government-run detention centres for months under abysmal conditions.

  • Dhaka Tribune reported that the decision to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between UN agencies and Myanmar is being seen as a first and necessary step since ‘conditions are not yet conducive’ for the return of Rohingyas, says the UN.

  • AFP reported that Ghana's economy is expected to grow by 8.3 per cent this year –the fastest in the world. But unemployment is still a major issue.

  • MENA FM reported that around 305,000 Afghan refugees have returned home since the beginning of 2018, amid increasing security threats.

  • The Guardian shared the story of a couple’s desperate voyage to Sicily, during which the husband lost his wife. Now, a year on, he has finally been able to mark her grave.

  • News Deeply spoke with anthropologist Nathalie Peutz and photographer Nadia Benchallal about self-representation and the social significance of imagery after working with nine Yemeni refugees to document their lives in Djibouti over a year.