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10 August 2017

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IOM staff tend to the remains of a deceased migrant on a beach in Yemen. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Another 180 Migrants Forced from Boat Today, a Day after 50 Somalis, Ethiopians were Drowned by Smugglers off Yemen
[More information will be released later today]

(IOM) Aden – Up to 180 migrants are reported to have been forced from a boat today (10/08) by smugglers off the coast of Yemen. Five bodies have been recovered so far and around 50 are reported missing. This latest incident comes barely 24 hours after smugglers forced more than 120 Somali and Ethiopian migrants into the sea as they approached the coast of Shabwa, a Yemeni Governorate along the Arabian Sea resulting in the drowning of around 50 migrants. The migrants had been hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen.

Shortly after the tragedy, staff from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, found the shallow graves of 29 migrants on a beach in Shabwa, during a routine patrol. The dead had been quickly buried by those who survived the smuggler’s deadly actions. IOM is working closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross to ensure appropriate care for the deceased migrants’ remains.

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IOM staff prepare a picnic for Syrian refugees near Bozova, southern Turkey. Photo: Joe Lowry/UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

The Healing Game: Providing Psychosocial Support to Syrians in Turkey
(IOM) Turkey 
– 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.)

The appalling stories you hear on the news, about ISIL coming to the city and randomly slitting throats and beheading people, well Wadha saw all that. She left her home place sprinting, with nothing but the clothes on her back. The home she and Mostafa made, with their 11 children, it’s rubble now.

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A scene from the video jointly released by the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Human Rights Office that prompts hiring managers to recognize some unconscious biases.

This Video is Challenging Biases in Recruitment

(Devex) New York — A job candidate named Wu Weixa is on the line with a recruiter for a position at the United Nations. As the Skype call launches, Weixa’s name pops up on the interviewer’s computer screen.

Just as quickly, the questions flow through the interviewer’s mind: Does he call her “Wu” or “Weixa?” A glance at her resume reveals she is female, 32 years old and Chinese. How is her French? She says she wants a UN headquarters position to “settle down for a bit.” Does that mean she wants to become a parent — if so, how will she combine that with her career?

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the UN Human Rights Office are challenging this caricature and other preconceived notions about job candidates with a new video.

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Migration in the News

  • Reuters, BBC, IANS, New York Times, World News Network, AP, Huff Post and other media outlets reported that around 50 teenage Somali and Ethiopian migrants were "deliberately drowned" early on Wednesday by a smuggler who forced 120 passengers into the sea off Yemen's coast.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation and Forbes reported that the European Union recorded the largest increase in slavery of any world region in 2017 to date, with the arrival of more than 100,000 migrants, many of them extremely vulnerable to exploitation.
  • Voice of America reported that IOM is calling for rapid action to prevent a cholera epidemic in South Sudan from spiraling out of control as the rainy season in the country progresses.
  • Scientific American reported that forensic scientist Cristina Cattaneo is attempting to identify the badly decomposed remains of 700 people who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • The Straits Times reported the launch of a UNODC and Thailand Institute of Justice report on human trafficking in Thailand. It cited IOM figures showing that 55,000 undocumented Myanmar and Cambodian migrants fled the country following a recent crackdown on irregular migration.

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  • The Independent reported on an Oxfam report which had testimonies from refugees and migrants who revealed that they faced rape, torture, slave labour and sexual violence in Libya before attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Italy.


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