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01 October 2018

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Children leave Shebaa, Lebanon, by bus to return to their homes in Syria. Through the end of 2017, 68.5 million people had been forced from their homes worldwide. Photo: Ali Dia/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The Refugee Crisis Is a Test of Our Collective Conscience

By Ban ki Moon, former UN Secretary General

(The New York Times) – In 1951 a young boy and his family fled their burning village during a brutal war that brought immeasurable death and destruction to their country. He witnessed pronounced human suffering that would continue to haunt him in the days and years to come.

This child uprooted by conflict was me — the same boy who would grow up to be elected as the eighth secretary general of the United Nations in 2006.

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Migrants are rescued by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders. Photo: Reuters/G. Mangiapane

Aquarius Migrants Reach Malta after EU Members' Agreement

(DW) – After spending days on the rescue ship Aquarius, a group of 58 migrants was transferred to a Maltese patrol boat and taken on the island. The charity-run ship is keeping out of port after losing its Panama registration.

The authorities in Malta took in all 58 migrants from the unregistered rescue ship Aquarius on Sunday, after France, Germany, Portugal and Spain agreed to distribute the group among themselves earlier this week.

"All migrants who disembarked in Malta will be transferred to four other European countries in the coming days," the Maltese government said in a statement.

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  • AFP reported on Nigerian migrants who were rescued from a Libyan detention centre after they released a video from their cell that went viral on social media and caught the attention of authorities.
  • AFP reported that a total of 675 migrants, including children and babies, were rescued off the Spanish coast over the weekend.
  • DPA reported that at least five migrants drowned in the Aegean Sea after their boat capsized while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece.
  • Radio Tamazuj reported that UNAIDS launched the ‘Right to Health’ campaign on HIV testing and treatment for uniformed forces in South Sudan’s Jonglei State.
  • UN Women reported on a high-level side event at the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York, which discussed the importance of human rights-based and gender-responsive implementation of the Global Compact for Migration. The event was co-organized by IOM.
  • The Asian Age reported that Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been conferred the prestigious 'International Achievement Award' and the '2018 Special Distinction Award for Outstanding Leadership' for her humanitarian approach to hosting Rohingya refugees.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that Bangladeshi workers are being lured with false promises to migrate to Europe via Libya, by organized transnational traffickers.  
  • Xinhua reported that IOM provided humanitarian aid to more than 500 irregular migrants in a Libyan detention centre with the support of the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF).


  • Channel News Asia shared the story of Erwiana, an Indonesian who was once the face of abused maids in Hong Kong but is now a university graduate fighting for the rights of domestic helpers in the southern Chinese city and beyond.
  • South Africa’s The Herald reported that Nelson Mandela Bay municipality has been urged to establish the city’s first migration desk and find out exactly how many foreigners are living in Port Elizabeth and other areas.