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EU grapples for fix to migration crisis

Immigration | Porous borders, political strife, and human trafficking compound the problem
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/06/17, 10:36 am

Groups working across the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday rescued some 750 migrants traveling in packed rubber boats off the coast of Libya. The latest rescue comes as the European Union scrambles to find a viable solution to the migration crisis.

The Aquarius rescue ship, which is run by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, rescued 297 people from three rubber boats.

“Late this afternoon the Aquarius rescued a further 136 people, including 14 pregnant women and 33 minors from a rubber boat,” Doctors Without Borders posted on Twitter.

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Death toll rises in refugee camp bombing

Nigeria | Nigerian official says 236 people died in the air strike
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/24/17, 11:00 am

The death toll from an accidental military bombing of a camp for internally displaced people in northeastern Nigeria has risen to 236 people, a government official confirmed Monday. Initial reports claimed about 50 people died from the air strike.

“We buried 234 corpses in Rann after the bombs were dropped on the IDP camp,” said Babagana Malarima, chairman of the Kala Balge local government council of northeast Borno state. “We have two other injured persons that died while in hospital in Maiduguri.”

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Church collapse kills more than 100 in Nigeria

Nigeria | The building was recently constructed for a special ordination service
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/12/16, 10:22 am

ABUJA, Nigeria – A church building collapsed Saturday in southern Nigeria, killing more than 100 people, residents and witnesses said. Government officials have reported the death toll as lower.

Hundreds gathered at Reigners Bible Church International in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, for the ordination of founder Akan Weeks as bishop. Several officials, including state Gov. Udom Emmanuel, attended the event. Weeks and Emmanuel both survived the collapse.

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