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05 November 2018

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Four couples were married in a group wedding supported by IOM in Haj Ali camp, Iraq. Photo: Sarah Ali/IOM

Love in the Time of Displacement

Mosul – Marwah always dreamed of a big wedding party in a fancy venue and a luxurious white wedding dress with hundreds of family and friends in attendance. But this dream was shattered when ISIL took over the city of Mosul in June 2014, where she was living at the time.

Marwah and her family chose to stay in the ISIL-controlled city. She felt trapped and hopeless, and her wedding plans became an impossible dream. Traditional wedding ceremonies that included music, dancing and mingling between men and women were strictly forbidden by ISIL.

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Desertification is threatening traditional livelihoods in Mongolia. Photo: Nyamdavaa Yondonjamts/IOM

Climate Migration in Mongolia: IOM is Helping the Government Prepare

Ulaanbaatar – Since the 1950s, agriculture has developed steadily into one of Mongolia’s most important economic sectors — employing over one third of the nation’s labour force. Rural Mongolian families are typically herders and have maintained their traditional pastoral practices for centuries. Climate hazards, such as dzuds, have always posed a risk to the Mongolian herder lifestyle. Now they are threatening the traditional way of livestock breeding on which most of rural Mongolia relies.

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Ali and Leili: "On the boat, we had so many fears: fear of the sea, fear of police, of entering Europe, fear not to make it."

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  • UN News reported that IOM is assisting migrants as they cross Central America in several self-styled caravans, while expressing concern over ‘the stress and demands’ they are placing on host countries.

  • CBC reported that after two weeks walking through southern Mexico, a caravan of about 4,000 migrants is pushing north at a faster pace, using vehicles when possible.

  • NPR reported that immigration lawyers and activists say nearly every woman who makes the journey to Spain from Africa is sexually abused along the way – sometimes they come through sex trafficking mafias, who facilitate the crossing in return for a debt of tens of thousands of dollars.

  • Voice of America reported that IOM has begun providing life-saving health care to two Somali towns previously inaccessible because of war and conflict.

  • BuzzFeed News joined the latest rescue mission on the Aquarius for 20 days in September to see how its missions function amid international anti-migrant sentiment.

  • Egypt Today reported that the UN Global Compact Network Egypt will hold the 2018 Business for Peace Annual Event, which brings together business representatives seeking to engage in peace and humanitarian action.

  • South Africa’s Business Day published an op-ed citing migration is a complex issue that politicians should not use for political gain. Their role should be to dispel myths about migrants rather than fuel them.

  • Times of Malta reported on the EU-funded project MARSA – Move Against Rash Decisions and Statements – which aims to engage at least 25 young people from five countries to put together a social media campaign about migration.