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03 August 2017


Mostafa (left) and his friend Hamad Omar in the small house that he shares with his wife and 11 children in Bozova, Southern Turkey. It’s about 50 kilometres north of his home town of Kobane in Syria. Two of Mostafa’s children are in the background. Photo: Joe Lowry/UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

The Healing Game
By Joe Lowry for IOM 

(Medium) Turkey - "For one hour, I didn’t think about my husband, or my children or the war. I just thought about myself, my own problems. Nothing else existed except for the room I was in and the other women. I did something for myself.”

She smiles.

She says it again.

“I did something for myself."

I don’t know much about 55-year-old Wadha. But let’s piece together the bits I do know, and the other bits that I can deduce. She’s from Kobane, a Kurdish city in the north of Syria, less than 50 kilometres south of where we are sitting. (Incongruously, we are chatting about war, atrocities and trauma, as nearby an IOM, UN Migration Agency, team cooks kebabs on an open fire, but more of that later.)

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Ethiopian stranded migrants at IOM's Migration Response Center in Obock, Djibouti. File photo: Natalie Oren / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2016

Global Compact for Migration Can Promote More Holistic Understanding of Migration

(IOM) Nairobi – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, emphasized the great potential of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) at the East African Consultative Meeting held on 24-25 July in Kenya’s capital. The event was organized by the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as part of the continent-wide consultations that will result in the Common African Perspectives on the GCM.

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A market rehabilitation project in Nigeria. Photo: Julia Burpee/UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

UN Migration Chief Visits Nigeria's Northeast; New Fund Allocates USD 10.5 million

(UN) Nigeria – The United Nations has scaled up its efforts to tackle the humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria, through a visit by its top migration official and the allocation of USD 10.5 million from a new fund.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), nearly two million people fled their homes to escape Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria. More than half of the displaced are children and 133,000 infants.

“We've seen the suffering of the people. We've seen their resilience. We've seen their courage. We've seen their patience,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing during his visit to the area from 28 July to 30 July. 

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Migration in the News


  • CNN reported that Italy will deploy two military ships to Libya in an effort to deter irregular migration and human smuggling into Europe.

  • China Plus reported that the Chinese government has donated 2,800 tons of rice to Somalia to help the drought-ravaged African country.

  • Anadolu Agency reported that three civilians and two policemen have been killed in separate acts of violence in Iraq’s newly liberated northern city of Mosul.

  • Sputnik reported that Human Rights Watch expressed deep concern at the dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied migrant children detained in ‘protective custody’ in police station cells and pre-removal detention centers across Greece. 


Trending on the Internet


  • SBS reported about a new app that helps migrant parents spot dangers children face online and provides information about social media, practical tips on healthy internet use and where to get more information.

  • RT reported that a record 18.6 million people in Germany have a migrant background, according to the Federal Statistical Office.


 

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