Daily World News Digest, 20 August 2015

Stymied at English Channel, migrants with money turn to smugglers

Wall Street Journal reported on 19th August that a site which has been set up on the shores of the English Channel ,for migrants who are passing through, is no longer under the control of authorities.  The site, which offers running water, heat and electricity, has recently fallen into the hands of smugglers who use luxury vehicles to sneak migrants past border patrols in the nearby port city of Calais. As French authorities crack down in Calais—long a way station for people trying to sneak through the Channel Tunnel or onto ferries to the U.K.—thousands of more well-heeled migrants are turning to smuggling rings that promise a safer passage. http://on.wsj.com/1J6CMwd

Mexico missing

Latin American Herald Tribune: In late July, Amnesty International said “Mexico’s federal Attorney General’s office has admitted that 60 mass graves with the remains of at least 129 people have been found in the southern state of Guerrero since last October.”Those graves were unearthed during the search for the 43 missing students. “This latest macabre revelation confirms what we had already found: the sheer magnitude of the crisis of enforced disappearances in Guerrero and elsewhere in Mexico is truly shocking,” Erika Guevara-Rosas, the London-based human rights group’s Americas director, said. http://bit.ly/1K7HhLh

Three years since the disappearance of a Syrian journalist and film maker

Pen-international issued a statement on 18th August on the disappearance of Osama al-Habali, a Syrian citizen, journalist and film-maker, three years ago today. Al-Habali was arrested a s he sought to cross the border from Lebanon into his native Syria. He has not been heard from since his disappearance. On 4 April 2012, citizen journalist and film-maker Osama al-Habali sustained life-threatening injuries to his neck and back as a result of shelling. After receiving treatment in Beirut and four months recuperation, he was arrested near the town of Talkalakh as he attempted to cross the border back into Syria on 18 August 2012. Three years after his arrest, al-Habali’s fate remains shrouded in mystery. http://bit.ly/1hNBH5N

Children bearing brunt of Yemen’s war

Al Jazeera reported on 19th August that nearly 400 children were killed and 377 children recruited as child soldiers since the Saudi-led bombing began in March. UNICEF reports that as of a week ago,398 children had died as a result of the war to date, while 377 others have been lured into battle since the Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes in Yemen. But this death toll could be much higher, the UN has warned. http://bit.ly/1PAXc4O 

Somali refugees in Yemen

Voice of America on 19th August carried a story on Somali refugees in Yemen. Somali refugees who fled their country for Yemen to escape war and poverty are facing similar turmoil in their adoptive country and now want to return to their homeland. About 30,000 have been able to return to Somalia, some with the help of the Somali business community. http://bit.ly/1EEedVr

DNA data storage lasts thousands of years

Biotechnology reported on 17th August – a few years back, a multinational research team based out of Europe announced they had developed a process for storing massive amounts of digital data in microscopic DNA strands. Theoretically, according to the research, the process could store up to 300,000 terabytes of data in a fraction of an ounce of DNA — which could last for thousands of years. By comparison, today’s most powerful desktop hard drives hold around 6 terabytes of data, and might last 50 years. http://bit.ly/1Kx8jaA


Items in Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff.  These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.