Our final digest: Repatriated Somalis stranded at Kenya border

Refugees stand at Dadaab refugee complex during a visit of Pakistani activist and Nobel prize Malala Yousafzai, July 12, 2016. (Photo: Tony Karumaba/FP/Getty)
Refugees stand at Dadaab refugee complex during a visit of Pakistani activist and Nobel prize Malala Yousafzai, July 12, 2016. (Photo: Tony Karumaba/FP/Getty)
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Today is the last installment of the Daily Digest, as reported.ly is suspending operations tonight due to a loss of funding. We’re exploring options for moving reported.ly to a new home, so here’s hoping that this “final” digest is only final for the time being.

In today’s digest:

  • Repatriated Somali refugees stranded at border with Kenya
  • Another 35 arrest warrants issued for journalists in Turkey
  • Opposition leaders arrested, reporters denied entry in Venezuela
  • Student found dead in Cairo hours after being arrested
  • UN say over 10,000 civilians died in Yemen conflict
  • South African school suspends its racist dress code
  • Two more universities in Mississippi no longer to fly state flag
  • EU issues document in support of right to protest in Zimbabwe


Refugees repatriated from Dadaab camp in Kenya to Somalia are stuck at the border. Sixteen buses full of refugees left Dadaab camp earlier this week but are being denied entry at the Jubbaland border crossing. Somali officials say they’re having issues providing for the thousands of refugees who have repatriated so far. Kenya has pledged to close the largest refugee camp in the world by November.

Turkish officials issued another 35 arrest warrants for journalists. Hundreds of media professionals, activists and public servants have been targeted as part of Turkey’s post-coup purge, including a Twitter account documenting the purge itself. Over 100 journalists have been detained, along with more than 100 media and press enterprises closed, in the space of a month. Istanbul’s ex-police chief and several governors were also among those ordered arrested in the latest wave of the crackdown.

Venezuelan opposition leaders have been arrested, just days ahead of a long-planned rally in support of recalling the country’s president. Several activists and opposition leaders were arrested as President Nicolas Maduro held a rally of his own. Maduro claims the opposition party was involved in a coup against him, and announced a plan to reinvigorate Caracas. The opposition rally, scheduled for September 1, was called for by jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. Amnesty International also reports that a team of Al Jazeera English journalists was denied entry into the country to cover the protests. 

An Egyptian student attending Ain Shams University was found dead at a morgue in Cairo by his parents Tuesday, hours after being arrested. He had been sentenced to two years of jail in absentia for protesting against the gift of two Egyptian islands to Saudi Arabia.

The United Nations said that more than 10,000 civilians have died during the conflict in Yemen. The number is significantly higher than originally thought, and possibly “much higher” than even the latest estimate, according to UN humanitarian coordinator Jamie McGoldrick. Saudi airstrikes on Tuesday killed dozens in Saada, including at least 13 members of a single family, according to local reports. 

A South African school has suspended a racist dress code after student complaints. Students at Pretoria Girl’s School said they were told their natural hair needed to be straightened because it was “untidy.” Gauteng province’s Education Department said the dress code was unacceptable and planned to investigate the matter.

Two additional public universities in Mississippi will no longer fly the state flag because of its Confederate battle emblems. Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women removed the flag from their campuses after a series of conversations with students and faculty in the year following the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting. Delta University remains the only public university in the state to continue flying the flag.

Zimbabwe’s EU delegation published a document on the right to hold peaceful protests directed at the government of Zimbabwe. Anti-government protests are regularly met with teargas and beatings, while courts and the government continue their tug-of-war over whether rallies are a form of protected speech.


Quick bites…

The vote at Brazil’s Senate on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff starts Wednesday at 10am ET. We’ll post live updates on our @reportedly Twitter account.

Colombia’s parliament gave the green light on Tuesday for President Manuel Santos to call a referendum that would seal the peace deal with FARC. The referendum will be held on October 2. Santos signed a decree Tuesday that includes the referendum question.

On Tuesday, 462 refugees arrived at four Greek islands, accounting for the highest increase in weeks. Island camps are over capacity, hosting almost double their 7,450 capacity. Over 270,000 refugees and migrants have crossed over to Europe so far in 2016, and at least 3,100 people died trying, according to data by the International Organization for Migration. A baby was born Tuesday on the CP274 border patrol boat of the Italian Coast Guard. The mother had just been rescued along with 6,500 others in 40 separate rescue operations.

British and French interior ministers agreed on Tuesday to stick to a joint Calais migrant deal “now and when the United Kingdom leaves the EU.Britain’s new interior minister, Amber Rudd, met her French counterpart in Paris, seeking assurances on a deal which allows Britain to make border checks in Calais and keep thousands of would-be migrants and asylum seekers in France.

Hundreds of protesters took over the state capitol lawn in Maine demanding Governor Paul Le Page’s resignation. The governor has been under fire several racists remarks and other disturbing behavior. He is currently exploring his options and told a local radio station he may or may not finish his term, though he later backtracked his remarks.

A massive report was released on the 2015 Fundão Tailings Dam collapse. The dam collapse in Brazil that left more than a dozen people dead and pollution in a major river was caused by engineering failures over years.

Mexico’s police commissioner was fired over allegations of arbitrary executions. Enrique Galindo was fired a couple of weeks after Mexico’s Human Rights Commission alleged 22 civilians were executed by federal police in 2015.

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