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Morocco/Spain deaths: African migrants deserve same treatment as Ukraine refugees – Kenya

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Kenya has condemned the treatment of migrants in the deadly accident that killed and injured dozens last week in Melilla, at the border of Morocco and Spain.

At least eighteen Africans and dozens were injured in the attempt to scale the border fence. According to an official report by Morocco in a statement on Friday, the casualties occurred when a “stampede” of people tried to climb the iron fence that separates Melilla and Morocco.

Kenya made its position on the ugly incident at the UN Security Council on Wednesday when its representative was briefing a media stake-out after it had requested an AOB (any other business) session to discuss the incident.

The East African giant through its Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr Martin Kimani, considered the incident as reminder that African refugees are still treated differently in Europe despite countries signing global refugee laws.

“We have observed the Security Council and its members show great concern about the fate of refugees from other conflicts. The latest and most dramatic instance being the result of the war in Ukraine. We believe that Africans fleeing the wars and insecurity in their countries deserve equal levels of regard.

“As we have done before, Kenya strongly condemns the mistreatment of all migrants and refugees wherever they may be. We reiterate our call for the promotion and protection of the rights of the people of African descent by all countries, without exception.” Kimani said.

The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, on Monday blamed the death of over 20 African migrants at the Morocco/Melillah border while trying to cross to Europe, on a “Mafia” trafficking syndicate.

According to Statista, African immigration is mostly characterized 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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Guinean demonstrators hit UN building in Brussels, Belgium over junta’s anti-protest policy

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Guinean opposition coalition have staged a demonstration in front of European Union (EU) buildings in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday in reaction against the ruling junta’s decision to ban public protest.

An order by the ruling military junta in Guinea suspended a major collective, National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (NFDC) that has been protesting against it.

According to document signed by Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Mory Condé, “the de facto grouping known as the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution is dissolved” and “this order (…) takes effect from the date of its signature.”

“The country or death!” organizers exhorted the crowd, which was watched over by a small contingent of Belgian police.

The rally demanded the exit of junta leader Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who overthrew former president Alpha Conde in September last year.

“We are going to try and tell authorities here (in the EU) that, no, it’s not working in Guinea, no, there has been treason,” said one Guinean civil society activist, Naby Laye Camara.

“They (the CNRD) haven’t come for democracy, they have effectively come to confiscate power and even the liberty of people,” he said.

The decision to suspend the pressure group has been criticized by the opposition. Cellou Dalein Diallo, who is the main Guinean opponent under former president Alpha Conde, condemned the decision, and rated it “a blow to freedom, justice, democracy and peace” on social networks.

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Somali government receives food aid from UAE as dought worsens

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE), has donated 40 containers of food aid to Somalia as severe drought and famine continue to ravage the Horn of Africa country.

Somali state media which confirmed the receipt of the food aid on Sunday, said the items which also include medical supplies, arrived on Saturday and would be distributed to millions of people who have so far displaced by the drought.

In a handover ceremony that took place in Mogadishu’s seaport, government officials said it received much-needed humanitarian assistance from the UAE in the presence of senior Somali government officials.

UAE Ambassador to Somalia Mohamed al-Othmani, who spoke at the handover said the food supplies include more than 1,000 metric tons sent by the UAE Red Crescent, meant to help Somalia fight the drought that has devastated the country.

“We are handing over a thousand tons of aid to the Somali government. You know that earlier this year the UAE donated 35 million Dirham, $9.5 million, to the Somali government,” al-Othmani said.

Somalia’s state Minister for the office of the Prime Minister, Hirsi Jama Gani, who spoke on behalf on the government, said the country welcomed the assistance and thanked the UAE for helping Somalia’s drought relief efforts.

“We thank UAE for this and previous assistance meant to help drought-affected people. We know the situation that our people are in who are in a middle of drought and calling other parties and Somalis to join the efforts to reach people in need,” Gani said.

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