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21 August 2017

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Civilians are #NotATarget: World Humanitarian Day 

(IOM) Geneva – Every day, millions of people are trapped in wars that aren’t of their own making. Meanwhile, the world isn’t doing enough to stop their suffering.

This World Humanitarian Day, we demand world leaders do everything in their power to protect the millions of civilians caught in armed conflict.

Join the UN Migration Agency (IOM) Director General, William Lacy Swing and sign the petition here.

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Can We Learn from Yemen and Stop Ignoring Migrants Affected by Armed Conflicts?

(IOM) Yemen – Last week, staff from the UN Migration Agency, all experienced humanitarians operating in Yemen’s war-zone, found the remains of deliberately drowned Ethiopian and Somali teenagers on a remote beach.

The sight of some 50 bodies buried in shallow graves, rapidly dug by the young hands of the distraught survivors in an attempt to bring some dignity to their dead companions was also deeply shocking to our team. There was more to come as survivors recounted how criminal smugglers had forced them at gun-point from the boat they were traveling in, pitching them into Yemen’s notoriously dangerous seas. That the same crime was repeated a day later against another group of migrants with still more children losing their lives.

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"I Will Never Forget Her Face"

(IOM) Somalia – On a hot, flat, stony plateau outside Kismaayo, Somalia, hundreds of people pack into a settlement for displaced people. Bashir Mukhtar stands at a water point, helping weary women lift jerry cans of water. Over the last five years, he has witnessed a wave of humanitarian crises, affecting many communities in south Somalia’s Jubbaland. Mukhtar could have easily opted for another profession but decided that humanitarian work in one of the harshest environments was his calling.

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Sharing Spaces | Stories from the Nigerians sharing their homes  with displaced families across the northeast | Read more

Patrick: “After they found 23 survivors, they also found me somewhere further away between a pile of corpses. They thought I was dead and so did I.”
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Migration in the News

  • Reuters, AFP, Xinhua, Euronews and FNA reported that Iraqi security forces launched on Sunday an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar.
  • Iraqi News reported on the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement’s announcement that around 10,000 civilians had been displaced from Tal Afar town over the past two weeks.
  • IANS reported that a total of 17,000 Iraqi displaced people have returned to their homes in the eastern part of Mosul in the past two months, according to government officials.
  • Reuters and Daily Mail reported that the rising flow of migrants to Spain from North Africa could evolve into a ‘big emergency’ if the pace continues.
  • Xinhua reported that arrivals to Spain had reached 9,000 by the first week of August, the highest in history.
  • Al Jazeera reported that Malta has said a vessel carrying anti-migrant and anti-refugee activists was ‘not welcome’, allegedly denying the boat from docking on its shore.
  • News Deeply reported that 42,190 Syrian refugees went back to Syria from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq in the first seven months of this year.
  • PBS published a series of photos showing how Syrian children play and cool off outside war zones.
  • VOA reported that the UN Children’s Fund says more than 500,000 children in Libya are in need of some kind of humanitarian assistance, and notes that migrant children passing through the country are especially at risk of abuse.
  • VOA reported that smugglers use false promises and intimidation to convince refugees and migrants, many of whom are children, to travel in dangerous, unpredictable circumstances, and abuse them to maintain control and maximize profits.
  • Sudan Tribune reported that the European Union’s department for humanitarian aid and civil protection said it is doubling funding to IOM to support South Sudanese refugees in the Ugandan districts of Yumbe and Moyo.
  • Outbreak News Today reported that the first round of an Oral Cholera Vaccination campaign in four priority counties of South Sudan with active transmission of cholera, has successfully concluded despite security and access challenges in some areas, according to the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa.
  • Zimbabwe’s The Chronicle reported that the Zimbabwean Consulate in South Africa is urging its citizens wishing to work or stay in that country to be wary of bogus agencies who claim to facilitate processing of special permits.
  • Haiti Libre reported that between June 2015 and July 2017,  some 215,121 Haitians living in an irregular migratory situation on the Dominican Republic territory voluntarily returned or were deported to Haiti. 

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian’s Alex Hannaford reports from Ajo, Arizona near the US-Mexico border, where he joins volunteers searching for migrants lost in the vast desert wilderness.
  • The New York Times reported that the main route to Europe is experiencing one of its longest lulls since the migration crisis began in 2014, and migration experts say they do not properly understand why.
  • Reuters reported that two years after it threw open its doors to the latest migrants, Germany has devised an integration strategy based on language and job training intended to get the newcomers into work and off welfare.


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