Posts Tagged “Libya”

First Christmas as the mother of a young infant

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First Christmas as the mother of a young infant

One conversation in April this year returns to me more than any other this year. It lurks in my mind and its memory steps out into the path of my thinking when I least suspect it. Over the last couple of days in church as we’ve sung familiar carols about the birth of Christ, my…

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EU refugee policy & court case round-up

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EU refugee policy & court case round-up

An Irish-born doctor who spent three months working on board the Medecins Sans Frontieres search and rescue vessel MV Aquarius in the Mediterranean has called on the EU to open safe and legal routes for refugees and migrants rather than ignoring abuse perpetuated by Libyan forces. Dr Conor Kenny recorded a video diary and extracts…

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“Human life has no value there”

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“Human life has no value there”

Damian Jackson is programme officer for the Irish Council of Churches and co-led the recent CTBI delegation to visit refugee projects in Italy. He wrote the lead article for this week’s Church of Ireland Gazette. An abbreviated version of his article is reproduced below. “Human life has no value there.” Emmanuel was telling me of his…

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Serial trafficking, kidnapping & abuse is the norm en route to the Libyan coast

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Serial trafficking, kidnapping & abuse is the norm en route to the Libyan coast

The torrential rain flooding the pavement outside was nothing compared with the dark cloud that gathered over the group as we listened to Esther (not her real name) recount her journey from Nigeria, through Niger, into Libya, to reach Italy. I was prepared to hear about a hazardous sea crossing. That’s that part of the…

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