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Again, fire kills 14 migrants in Southern Senegal, scores missing

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The mayor Casamance town of Kafountine and a medical official has confirmed that a fire outbreak has killed at least 14 migrants on a pirogue in a southern Senegalese town.

The mayor, David Diatta, told journalists by phone “as I speak, we have been able to fish out 14 lifeless bodies …it is likely that the toll will rise.”

The search for bodies continues as about 140 people were on the pirogue which officials said had Guineans, Nigerians, Gambians and Senegalese on it.

It is also reported that about 90 of them survived and were identified by local authorities.

An investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of the accident but survivors say the fire started because of someone smoking a cigarette in a place where there was fuel.

According to the mayor, help delayed as the fire brigade, and the navy were several dozen kilometres away and that the nearest hospital where the seriously injured were evacuated was in Ziguinchor, more than 100 km from the town.

“There are no doctors here, only nurses. And we don’t have a morgue so we have to bury the bodies right away,” he said.

“We also have 21 injured, including four with second-degree burns,” said Bourama Faboure, the town’s chief nurse.

Just last week, 18 Africans migrants seeking to cross into the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco were confirmed killed in a stampede on Friday.

According to Statista, African immigration is mostly characterised by movements within the continent itself. More than half of African migrants migrate across African countries, while around one of every four migrants has Europe as a destination region.

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UN peacekeeping mission to resume operations in Mali month after suspension

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Barely a month after the Malian junta suspended operations of UN peacekeeping troops on its soil, a spokesperson of the mission has confirmed that mission will resume again on Monday.

Malian authorities in a statement in July suspended all rotations of the military and police contingents of the United Nations Mission in Mali (UNMIS). The suspension was in continuation of its position of severing foreign relations, the suspension includes UN mission that are already scheduled.

The spokesperson said the mission and Malian authorities had agreed on a streamlined rotation procedure and that the mission’s request to resume rotations on Monday had been accepted.

Mali’s foreign ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

Relations between Mali and troop-contributing countries remain strained. On Friday, Germany said it was suspending its military reconnaissance mission, which provides intelligence to MINUSMA, after Malian authorities withheld a flight clearance

Mali under the current Junta of Colonel Goita has been on a thread of breaking diplomatic relations with allies.

It started by breaking defense alliance with the French, the junta also quit the anti-jihadist force, G-5 force but has enjoyed good relationship with Russia.

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15 African migrants found dead in the Libyan-Sudan border desert

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At least 15 African migrants were found dead on Saturday in the desert on the Libyan borders with Sudan, with authorities saying the tragedy involved migrants seeking a better life in Europe while perilous journeys through the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea.

The discovery of the victims was made by the Libyan Department for Combating Irregular Migration, in the southeastern city of Kufra, which said the migrants were on their way from Sudan to Libya when their vehicle broke down due to lack of fuel.

The agency, in a statement, said nine other migrants survived while two remain missing in the desert.

It added that there were women and children among the migrants, but did not elaborate on how many they were.

It also did not reveal causes of the migrants’ death, but said they did not have enough food and water.

“All the migrants were Sudanese, from a country in turmoil for years. The migrants likely attempted to reach western Libya in efforts to board trafficking boats to Europe,” the department said on its Facebook page.

In June, the Libya authorities had also discovered bodies of 20 migrants in the sprawling Kufra desert who they said died of thirst after their vehicle broke down close to the border with Chad.

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