Last 18 November, the fourth flight carrying 255 Syrian refugees departed from Lebanon to Germany. Since September 11, IOM has assisted 643 Syrians to leave Lebanon to Germany under the Government's Humanitarian Admissions Programme (HAP).
IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin learned first hand from governor Victor Tanco of badly stricken Capiz what the actual situation is in an emergency center.
A week after it was smashed by super typhoon Haiyan, Tacloban, Central Philippines, is a city in shock. The wall of water which hit as the storm surged has left the city of 220,000 in ruins, without essential services, in short, in a state of profound crisis. There’s no food, precious little water, no health services, no schools, and the military is enforcing an 8pm to 5am curfew across the stricken city.
Zamboanga, the sixth largest city in the Philippines, was the scene of violent clashes between the Moro National Liberation Front and the national army in September. Some 130,000 people fled form the fighting, ending up in displaced camps in schools, a local sports stadium, or in tents and shelters along the sea front.
On the morning of October 15 a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the islands of Bohol and Cebu in the central Philippines. As it was a holiday many people were outdoors so fatalities were kept to under 200, but, over 45,000 houses were damaged and 350,000 people displaced. In all, some 3 million people are affected, with many still frightened to go into their homes due to the 2,193 aftershocks that have hit the area.
On 10 October 2013, IOM assisted 106 Syrian refugees to fly from Beirut to Hanover, Germany. The plane carried 67 adults and 39 children and was operated by Jordan Aviation. The refugees have been accepted for temporary stay in Germany under the government’s Humanitarian Admissions Program (HAP). IOM provides medical, transit, and cultural orientation assistance to refugees accepted for resettlement.
On 11th of September 107 Syrian refugees boarded a plane in Beirut, Lebanon and landed on the afternoon of the same day in Hannover, Germany. As part of the German Humanitarian Admissions Programme (HAP), IOM will assist 4,000 Syrian refugees to reach Germany in the next year where they will be temporarily welcomed until they are able to return home in safety and dignity or find other durable solutions.
IOM is continuing to support the Malian Government in responding to the emergency caused by floods that hit the capital Bamako on the 28th of August. It is reported that the floods left 37 dead and affected some 2,133 families or 20,000 people. As part of the response, IOM has already handed over 500 non-food (NFI) relief kits containing sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and kitchen supplies to the Malian Government to help the worst affected families.
Life conditions in camps can be tough. The forced cohabitation in a limited space and the consequent lack of privacy and security issues can take a toll on camp dwellers. In this context, the theater workshops organized by IOM provide them with an opportunity to give voice to the difficulties and challenges encountered in their everyday life in camps, with beneficial effects in terms of stress reduction and management of negative feelings. The workshops also represent a unique moment for diversion, self-expression and communal learning in a context that doesn't offer many amusement opportunities.
The Colombian Government’s efforts to find peace through mediation with humanitarian goals and civil society initiatives have been compiled and published in The Peace Library or La Biblioteca de la Paz, a nine-volume series which follows presidential periods from 1982 until 2012, and the peace initiatives carried out by each president.
The response to a severe drought in the Marshall Islands is entering its second phase, as initial deliveries of emergency food supplies, principally funded by USAID. IOM’s rapidly-established air and sea bridges have delivered an estimated 45 metric tons (100,000 pounds) of food to 677 households on islands over 400 miles (640 km) from Majuro.