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Working to reunite Parents and Children along Tunisian/Libyan Border

At least 150 unaccompanied minors and children have been identified along the Tunisian-Libyan border since the early days of the Libyan crisis. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), along with other NGOs and local authorities, has been working aggressively to reunite these children with their parents. They are mostly boys from 15 to...

Rights Group Calls on Tunisia to Protect Migrants

A human rights group says Tunisia must do more to protect migrant workers who fled the violence in neighboring Libya. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says there are about 3,000 foreign nationals living in the camps, mostly from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia. Some, it said, have been the targets of violence. “They’re being held in camps along the...

Tunisia Begins Trial Against Former President

Tunisia began a trial in absentia Monday of former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who is facing charges including conspiring against the state, voluntary manslaughter and drug trafficking.Ben Ali and his entourage are facing more than 90 cases.  Officials say he will be tried in a military and a civilian court.  He has denied all charges...

Tunisia's Former President Denies Charges Ahead of Monday Trial

Former Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has denied all charges against him on the eve of his trial in absentia. Mr. Ben Ali's lawyer said Sunday the former president hopes Tunisia will overcome its "chaos." Six months after massive popular protests ousted Ben Ali, the North African country is bringing him to trial - but in absentia. Many...

UN Report: Higher Food Prices Here to Stay

Higher food prices and volatile commodity markets are here to stay. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD]. The report said a good harvest in the coming months “may keep prices below the extreme levels seen earlier this year.”...

Libyan Forces Fire Rockets Along Tunisian Border

Libyan rebels say forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have fired rockets at opposition fighters near the border with Tunisia.The Reuters news agency quotes witnesses who say the Libyan rockets crossed the border into Tunisia, an act that could raise tensions that are already high between the two countries.Libya fired rockets into Tunisia...

Fighting Continues in Libya, Creeps Toward Capital

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have hammered rebels in the west with heavy weapons, as separate fighting creeps toward the capital, Tripoli.Reporters at the front line near the western rebel-held town of Zintan say intense fighting Sunday caused damage, but had no immediate report on casualties. In Zawiyah, 50 kilometers west of...

UN Asks For Privacy For Alleged Libyan Rape Victim

The United Nations refugee agency on Wednesday appealed for privacy for alleged Libyan rape victim Iman al-Obeidi who has been taken with other refugees to a special center in Romania.UNHCR spokeswoman Sybella Wilkes told VOA on Wednesday that al-Obeidi is safe and recovering. The UNHCR center in Romania is for refugees who have undergone...

Migrant Workers Stranded in Conflict-Ridden Libya

The International Organization for Migration expresses great concern about the plight of thousands of migrant workers stranded in conflict-ridden Libya. IOM says the migrants have been abandoned by their employers and have few means of survival.  According to the IOM, migrants in Libya had a tough life even before the conflict broke out.  It says...

Thousands of sub-Saharan Africans Remain Stranded in Libya

Many sub-Saharan migrants remain stranded in Libya as the conflict there continues. Most are from Ghana, Togo, Sudan, Nigeria and Cameroon, but many Malian and Egyptian migrants are also unable to return home. The International Organization for Migration [IOM] says the migrants, often unskilled and undocumented, have been without jobs since the...

150 Migrants' Bodies Recovered in Sinking Off Tunisia

Rescuers have recovered 150 bodies of African refugees fleeing the military violence in Libya.International migration officials said Friday that operations continue in the Mediterranean Sea off Tunisia following the disappearance of some 200 migrants after the vessel they were on encountered rough waters this week.At least 570 people were rescued...

At Least 200 Fleeing Libya Missing off Tunisia

Tunisian rescuers combed the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday for some 200 migrants reported missing after a vessel they were aboard ran into problems in rough waters off the Tunisian coast.At least 570 people were rescued from the boat off the southern Tunisian port of Sfax. Some have been hospitalized and at least three people died after being...

UN Panel: Libyan Forces, Opposition Committed War Crimes

A U.N. panel investigating the conflict in Libya says forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and opposition forces in the country have committed war crimes.The report, published Wednesday by three U.N.-appointed experts, says the violations committed by pro-Gadhafi forces were severe enough to also constitute crimes against humanity.  They...

Burkina Faso Regime Under Strain, Analysts Say

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore is facing what appears to be the stiffest resistance ever to his nearly quarter-century rule of the West African nation. Analysts are seeing connections between Burkina's unrest and the revolutions sweeping the Arab world. Hundreds of military rank-and-file, just 200 miles from this nation's capital, fired...

Tensions Remain High in Refugee Camp Near Tunisia-Libya Border

The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to international donors to step up aid for thousands of refugees and migrant workers caught up in deadly disturbances over the past week at a camp near the Tunisia-Libya border.  The UNHCR is also urging countries to resettle refugees who cannot safely return to their home countries.  Serious disturbances broke...