Photo Stories

IOM staff registering arrivals at Aceh Timor camp. © IOM/Joe Lowry 2015

Caring for Migrants in Indonesian Camps


Photo Story: Over 1,700 migrants are currently being cared for in rapidly established camps and small hotels in Aceh province, Indonesia.

26 March 2015, Mataso island, Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Pam slammed into Mataso island on 13 March 2015, demolishing almost every structure. After the cyclone, the more vulnerable residents were evacuated while their families rebuilt. Two months later, they returned home. © IOM/Maria Moita 2015

Return to Mataso – Community Reunited After Tropical Cyclone Pam


A photo story. Also read Karina Coates' blog "No ordinary homecoming – the Mataso community reunited".

Evacuating Somalis from Yemen


IOM, in close coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, conducts its first evacuation of 95 Somali nationals stranded in Yemen with the flight leaving Sana’a, Yemen for Djibouti on 17 May and, after overnighting in Djibouti, continued to Mogadishu, Somalia’s Aden Abdulle International Airport, arriving on the afternoon of 18 May.

A behaviour change communication workshop conducted in Chiang Mai province at the migrants' work place. © IOM 2014

Malaria Communication Campaign in Thailand


How do you teach migrant workers about malaria and achieve changes in their behaviour to protect themselves from the disease? This is the question an IOM Behaviour Change Communication campaign in Thailand is trying to address.

Lifesaving assistance from day one


Since the onset of the displacement crisis in January 2014, IOM has worked in coordination with the Kurdish Government, UN partners and humanitarian actors to meet the urgent needs of affected populations.

In Santa Catalina, Zamboanga, the Philippine national flag put up by government soldiers a year ago still flutters on a building which was riddled with bullet holes during clashes with separatist rebels of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). © IOM 2014 (Photo by Alan Motus)

Zamboanga: One Year On


The fighting that broke out in Zamboanga city between the separatist Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippine army one year ago lasted three weeks, leaving more than 10,000 houses destroyed and over 120,000 people displaced.

IOM’s EU-funded Community Stabilization project and the Association Nationale des Comediens organized a day of traditional dance, a football match, and a community theatre performance on 13 August 2014 in the fifth district of Bangui. © IOM 2014 (Photo by Nina Papachristou)

IOM Promotes Social Cohesion in Bangui


One of the major objectives of IOM’s Community Stabilization project, funded by the European Union, is to promote social cohesion among mixed communities in Bangui.

Aziz Ahmad Rahimi, Senior Program Assistant - AFGHANISTAN. He is currently working with IOM Cross Border Return and Reintegration (CBRR) program providing post arrival humanitarian and transportation assistance to vulnerable undocumented Afghan returnees from Iran.

Celebrating the work of humanitarians around the world


World Humanitarian Day is the day on which we honour humanitarian workers who have lost their lives, and those that continue to risk them every day in order to provide aid to people in need. But the day is also now established as a global celebration of the spirit of humanity.

Support on the Ground


IOM Director General William Lacy Swing reviews IOM’s operations in northern Iraq, meets with Kurdish leaders and partner agencies, and joins staff in Kalak to distribute critical aid to displaced Iraqis fleeing the violence in Mosul and other areas.

© IOM 2014

Relief around the clock


From June 15 to 19, IOM has served nearly 7,000 people fleeing the recent violence in Mosul and the surrounding governorates. Working around the clock, the Organization provided much needed assistance together with local authorities and the UN Country Team.

© IOM/Jennifer Pro 2014

Residents of Kakuma Refugee Camp Celebrate World Refugee Day


Various refugee groups in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya celebrated World Refugee Day on 20 June 2014. The camp is unique in that it is currently home to people of different nationalities and ethnicities such as South Sudanese, Somalians, Ethiopians, Congolese and Burundians.

Cambodian migrants wait in Poi Pet for IOM transport to their home provinces. © IOM 2014 (Photo by Joe Lowry)

Thousands of irregular migrants continue to pour into Cambodia


IOM provides transport assistance for vulnerable people who lack the means to get home. A break in the transportation pipeline could be a serious humanitarian situation on the border.