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15 October 2015
Evariste Mbonihankuye

In Memoriam:
Evariste Mbonihankuye

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing on Thursday (15/10) expressed his deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Evariste Mbonihankuye, an IOM staff member in Burundi.  Mr. Mbonihankuye, 32, was killed by gunfire at close range, along with eight other civilians, on 13 October 2015 in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura.

“Like all the men and women drawn to our field, Mr. Mbonihankuye was concerned with the work he could do to relieve the suffering of people less fortunate than himself, despite considerable risks to his own safety,” Ambassador Swing said.

“Nothing justifies this level of violence against civilians, much less to those dedicated individuals  serving with international aid agencies."

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A photo taken by IOM’s Amanda Nero in the ‘New Jungle’ in Calais, France, has been selected by the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) for its State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) global exhibition that will be showcased around the world.

The photo of a migrant dejectedly holding his head in his hands at the entrance of the camp, was taken at the migrant informal settlement in August 2015, and is one of several images shown at the SOHS exhibition that started in London at the beginning of October and will also be featured in SOHS materials to help ALNAP show how the humanitarian landscape is changing.

See the winning photos here:

ALNAP is a unique system-wide network dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability.


Migration in the News

  • AFP reported that 317 Ethiopian migrants intercepted en route to South Africa are being held in overcrowded Malawian jails, despite having served their sentences for illegal entry. IOM repatriated 70 Ethiopian prisoners from Malawi in September.
  • Toronto Star interviewed IOM’s Director of the Coordinating Office for the Mediterranean, Federico Soda on the migrant crisis and Canada’s response to it.
  • Arab Today reported that Egyptian Manpower Minister Gamal Serour met with IOM MENA Regional Director Carmela Godeau to discuss ways to train and create jobs for young people to discourage them from irregular migration to Europe.
  • AFP reported that a woman, a young girl and a baby have died after a boat carrying migrants and refugees to the Greek island of Lesbos sank.
  • DPA reported that according to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU member states are failing to deliver on their pledges to help tackle the bloc‘s migration crisis. He wants action from EU  leaders when they meet this week.
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