Despite Yemen’s vicious war, a vigorous kidnapping and torture-for-ransom industry, and threats of deportation by Yemenis and Saudis, Ethiopians and Somalis continue to travel to Yemen hoping to reach the Gulf.
They are escaping from compulsory and open-ended national service, political persecution and a failing economy. Over 6% of the population have left.
An overloaded boat, carrying around 500 migrants destined for Italy, capsized. The tragedy has put the spotlight on a worrying trend – the increasing numbers of unaccompanied children
WHAT A MONTH OCTOBER was – great stories, tragedies galore, rumours, spy drama, Nobel Prizes dished out, Mo Ibrahim Foundation refusing yet again to dole out the African Leadership prize, name it. So what should we make of all the exciting – and for sure depressing – stuff? At one point, as I reflected on these events, my mind went …