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12 February 2018

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UN Migration Agency Hosts World Radio Day Event

Geneva – Tuesday, 13 February is World Radio Day and IOM, the UN Migration Agency is marking the day by hosting a Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network event: Radio – A Beacon of Progress in Today’s Tech-led Communication Landscape which explores radio’s vital role in communicating with communities.

Tomorrow’s (13/02) event, in Geneva, will see several speakers discuss a range of topics which include exploring the link between use of radio and the health of disaster-affected communities and radio’s vital role for communities, on the move and in conflict. 

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A young refugee boy stands outside of his home in a camp in Bangladesh. Photo: IOM

The Hidden Tragedy in Bangladesh's Rohingya Refugee Camps

Cox’s Bazar (HuffPost) – Modina Khatun stared blankly at the hilltop holding the grave of her 5-year-old daughter Romaida, the latest refugee to be buried in a makeshift cemetery overlooking a patchwork of thousands of plastic emergency tents.

Khatun’s daughter died on a hot morning last November in Kutupalong, a vast refugee camp in south-eastern Bangladesh. Khatun had arrived in the camp just a month before. Like hundreds of thousands of fellow Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, a brutal military offensive against Rohingya militants forced her family out of their home.

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Migration in the News

  • UN News and Just Earth News reported that surging violence across Yemen has resulted in the displacement of more than 85,000 people in just the last 10 weeks, the United Nations refugee agency reported Friday.  
  • Voice of America reported that the UN Migration Agency said that thousands of Ethiopian migrants continue to make the perilous journey to war-torn Yemen in search of better economic opportunities despite the dangerous security conditions. 
  • AP and Reuters reported that 25 Ethiopian migrants are missing off war-torn Yemen after being forced into the sea, the United Nations migration agency said Friday.  
  • AFP, Xinhua and Khaleej Times reported that months after declaring victory over jihadists, war-battered Iraq hopes to attract billions of dollars from private investors as well as donors to fund its reconstruction. 
  • Xinhua reported that one in four Iraqi children live in poverty as a result of the war against the so-called Islamic State, the United Nations Children's Fund said Sunday.  
  • Libya Observer reported that IOM has distributed aid to some 3,900 internally displaced persons in Libya over the past two months. 
  • The New Nation and Dhaka Tribune reported that British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said the United Kingdom is working for the safe and dignified return of the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar, after visiting Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar.
  • Reliefweb reported that Boris Johnson, United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary, met with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh on 10 February and described as “unimaginable” the conditions they will face when the monsoon hits their camps in coming weeks.  
  • News Deeply reported that as the route to Australia has shut, Indonesia is making a reluctant and contradictory switch from being a transit country. But refugees there often face a struggle to survive. 
  • Envronment Guru reported that IOM has facilitated the release of over 500 refugees from immigration detention centres in North Sumatra, Riau, and Riau Island provinces to community housing.
  • Pakistan Point News reported that IOM announced the return of 52,000 Afghan refugees from Iran and Pakistan last month to Afghanistan.
  • Pakistan’s The News ran a commentary on the potentially deadly consequences of irregular migration.
  • Global Voices reported that in Tajikistan, local pop music has become an important medium to reflect on the social transformations triggered by the mass exodus of young men from the country.  
  • PressTV reported that Italy's President Sergio Mattarella has warned against the "grave risks of extreme nationalism" amid rising racially-motivated violence against migrants and refugees in the European country.  
  • My San Antonio News reported that the number of immigrants who died along the Texas border increased by 26 percent, the sharpest rise in the nation along the southern border.
  • Sahara Reporters reported that government and international agencies in Nigeria continue to try to stem the tide of hardship faced by its resilient but vulnerable people in the wake of Boko Haram attacks.  
  • EgyptianStreets.com reported about “Share the Friendship”, a campaign aimed at promoting togetherness between Egyptian children and migrants.  
  • The Africa Center for Strategic Studies reported that the G5 Sahel is ramping up its joint security force in order to address the growing threat posed by militant Islamist groups in the Sahel.  

Trending on the Internet

  • ABS-CBN News reported that the Philippines will announce a total employment ban on overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait after the recent deaths of 7 migrant workers, including a Filipina whose body was found in a freezer.
  • Sky News reported that as bodies of migrants are found almost daily on the Greek banks of the Evros river – which forms the border with Turkey – one man is trying to reunite the dead with their families.



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