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14 September 2017

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Some of the migrants stranded in Tanzania who were assisted by IOM to return to their countries of origin. Photo: IOM 2017

Incredible Journeys of Hope: The Story of Stranded Migrants in Kigoma

Kigoma (IOM) –  Seated on a boulder, under a tree, near the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kigoma – a lake port city in Tanzania – Samaya Yusuf looks around her with suspicion as she narrates her story to the IOM, the UN Migration Agency team. She has a gentle smile. Every now and then, she interlocks her fingers and pulls them apart as she tells her story. Two children are seated next to her. One hers and the other, her niece. With the innocence of a child, they are oblivious of their fate. Life has been unbearably hard for them the past few days.

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Participants follow proceedings during the IOM-NGO consultation forum in Nairobi this week. Photo: Kenneth Odiwuor / IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency, ICVA Hold Consultations with NGOs to Better Protect Displaced, Crisis Affected People

Nairobi (IOM) – IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, in partnership with International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), on 11 and 12 September held consultations with non-governmental organizations in East and Horn of Africa. The consultations explored ways to work better together to protect and assist people in need including those in crisis and displaced populations. The consultations were held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

An upsurge in the number of people on the move and the growth and complexity of crisis have meant the need for context-specific, flexible humanitarian response has never been more pressing.

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Sort: "To my twenty-year old younger self, I say "thank you," as the decision to migrate has enriched my life."
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Migration in the News

  • EU Observer, Al Arabiya and ORF reported that children and young people trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses as 77 per cent of young people traveling along the Central Mediterranean route report direct experiences of exploitation. They cited IOM and UNICEF’s joint report, Harrowing Journeys.
  • Nine News and VOA Indonesia reported that an estimated 370,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled to Bangladesh from violence in Myanmar since late August.
  • UN Radio reported that the flow of desperate Rohingya fleeing across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh is unprecedented in terms of volume and speed.
  • AP reported that with Myanmar drawing condemnation for violence that has driven at least 370,000 Rohingya to flee the country, the government said its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will skip this month’s UN General Assembly meetings.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that an outbreak of diseases is feared in Cox’s Bazar as nearly four lakh Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since August 25 and are surviving on inadequate food, water and sanitation facilities at makeshift settlements or under open sky.
  • Al Jazeera reported that according to a government spokesman, nearly a third of Rohingya villages have been emptied after the violence broke out two-and-a-half weeks ago.
  • DPA reported that Romania’s coastguard on Wednesday rescued a group of migrants from a boat drifting on the Black Sea, in another incident on the new route for smugglers transporting people from Turkey towards Europe.
  • Slovak Spectator reported that foreigners can now more easily learn what type of visa and residence they need when coming to Slovakia using a new application called Visa Check.
  • Foreign Policy reported that a decimated economy, a resurgent Taliban, and growing tensions with Iran are leaving  many disenchanted Afghans with the only option to seek opportunities abroad.

Trending on the Internet

  • Canberra Times shared the story of Theogene Ngamije, a former refugee from Rwanda who was inspired to join the Australian Army from the Australian peacekeeper who welcomed him 23 years ago.
  • Tech Crunch reported that Oracle is one of the few in the tech industry backing a bipartisan bill to hold websites facilitating human trafficking legally accountable.
  • CNN reported that 12 Nobel Prize laureates have written an open letter to the UN Security Council urging it to intervene in the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.



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