IOM Unsung Heroes: Libya Evacuation 2011
In February 2011, civil unrest in Libya rapidly evolved into an armed conflict. Thousands of migrants found refuge in the port of Misrata, living in fear and inhuman conditions, in the open air or abandoned containers. On 15 April 2011, IOM begun its first rescue operation by sea.
Over the last two decades, Somalia has constantly been on the news, all for the wrong reasons. We often hear of Al Shabaab attacks and the term ‘failed state’ is invoked so often as if it’s Somalia’s second name.
"IOM is deeply concerned by the resumption of violence in Juba five years after independence," IOM Director General William Swing said in a statement issued in Geneva.
The catchphrase “Take Back Control” which turbocharged the "Brexit" campaign for Britain to leave the EU brilliantly exploited an anxious nation’s concerns about sovereignty and change in an encroaching multicultural world.
For IOM and its partners, partnership is about more than funding; partnership is about ensuring the quality of humanitarian response, saving lives and alleviating suffering.