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01 August 2018

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Villagers wait to be screened in Itipo, Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: IOM

End of Ebola Epidemic in DR Congo “A Collective Victory for Us All”

Democratic Republic of the Congo (IOM) – The end of the ninth Ebola virus epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), announced on 24 July by the Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO), is “a collective victory for all of us” Oly Ilunga, DRC Health Minister, told partners at a dinner that night.

“Since 06 June 2018, no new confirmed case of Ebola has been recorded in Equateur Province. The last confirmed case was cured and discharged from the Ebola treatment centre in Bikoro on 12 June 2018,” said Ilunga. “Therefore, after an observation period of 42 days without any new confirmed case being recorded I declare, starting from today 24 July 2018, the end of the Ebola epidemic in Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” 

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María was trafficked and forced to work in a wheelchair. Now she sews clothes ‘free of human trafficking’ . Photo: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS

Latin American Migrants Targeted by Trafficking Networks

Rio De Janeiro (IPS) – The rescue earlier this month of 12 Venezuelan and three Colombian women from a prostitution network that recruits migrants in Peru is an example of the complex web where migration and human trafficking often involve victims of forced labour and sexual exploitation.

The sex trade ring that preys on migrants was dismantled by police in Peru on July 4. Three of the women were minors.

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Enock: "I'm not sure where the plane will take me but I know my grandchildren are there waiting for me."

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  • IRIN’s multi-part special report explores the choices and challenges of hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking to reach Europe.
  • CNN reported that Nigeria's anti-trafficking agency has launched an app called iReport that allows people to report cases of human trafficking in the country.
  • The Guardian reported that an operation in which an Italian towboat rescued more than 100 people in the Mediterranean and returned them to Libya may have been in breach of international law, according to the UN.
  • Kenya’s The Star reported that Mombasa is Kenya’s biggest human trafficking hotspot, a new report by IOM said.
  • Botswana Guardian reported that Africa is projected to have the largest population growth of any geographical region by 2050, which will have important consequences for international migration, and major implications for the continent’s economic development. 
  • Jamaica Observer reported that Guyana plans to establish a temporary settlement area for over 200 Venezuelan refugees and is working with various agencies to determine areas of collaboration and support.
  • Radio România Actualitaţi reported that more than 100,000 foreign citizens lived in Romania during the first half of 2018.

  • Sprudge reported that coffee production in Guatemala is facing a new crisis as greater numbers of workers and some landowners are abandoning the coffee farms and migrating north to the United States.
  • Devex reported that Mexico has been a recipient of international development assistance for decades, but in recent years the country has been working to provide similar help to its neighbours in Central America, with the goal of stemming migration.