#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:April.20:  The EU is facing mounting pressure over its tackling of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, and is gathering for an emergency summit, days after a boat capsized off Libyan coast, leaving hundreds dead.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday that “the EU has no more excuses, the member states have no more excuses.”

“We need immediate action from the EU and the member states,” she added.

Human rights activists lashed out at the EU, accusing the bloc of failing to deal with the migrant crisis.

Amnesty International criticized European governments for “ongoing negligence towards the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean,” which has led to “a more than 50-fold increase in migrant and refugee deaths since the beginning of 2015.”

The UN Refugee Agency expressed its “deep shock” at the latest tragedy.

Spokesman for UNCHR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), Carlotta Sami, described the disaster as “one of the most tragic shipwrecks in the Mediterranean,” and called for “shared responsibility” for the migrant situation of EU countries.

Other human rights activists supported the cause, too.

“In this affair, Europe is guilty of failing to assist a person in danger. That is to our shame,” the founder of the Medecins Sans Frontieres medics charity and ex-French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner told Le Parisien.

“Before anything else, let’s throw a lifeline to all these people who are drowning by creating a European rescue fleet for the 28 members of the European Union. One rescue boat for each country,” he added.

On Sunday, Pope Francis also appealed “to the international community to react decisively and quickly to see that such tragedies are not repeated.”


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` MSF has Confirmed that an `Angry Crowd ‘ has Attacked the Treatment Centre Working on the Ebola Virus ‘

#AceNewsServices – GUINEA – April 05 – (ALJ) – Reports from the agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has confirmed that an angry crowd attacked a treatment centre in Guinea where staff from they were working to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, forcing it to shut down, a spokesman for the medical charity said.

“We have evacuated all our staff and closed the treatment centre,” Sam Taylor told Reuters news agency on Friday, adding that the attackers in Macenta, around 425km south-east of the capital Conakry, had accused MSF of bringing the disease to the south-eastern town.

“We have the full support of the local leaders and we’re working with the authorities to try and resolve this problem as quickly as possible so we can start treating people again,” he said, declining to give further details of the incident.


Foreign mining companies have locked down operations and pulled out some international staff in mineral-rich Guinea. French health authorities have also put doctors and hospitals on alert in case people travelling to and from countries in the region pick up the disease.

Ebola, which has killed some 1,500 people since it was first discovered in 1976 in what is now Democratic Republic of Congo, causes vomiting, diahorea and external bleeding. It has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent.

Many health systems in West Africa are poorly equipped to deal with an epidemic and aid workers have warned of the difficulty of fighting infections scattered across several locations and in densely populated areas such as Conakry.

Some blame the government for not immediately quarantining an individual who carried the virus to the capital from the remote south, where the bulk of the 137 cases are concentrated.

Al Jazeera – Business Insider – Reuters


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