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09 October 2017

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IOM staff speak to survivors from a fishing boat that capsized in stormy weather in waters between Bangladesh and Myanmar. Photo: IOM 2017

Rohingya Children Drown Fleeing Myanmar Violence: IOM

Cox’s Bazar – Tragedy struck more Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar last night. At least 13 people, mostly children, drowned when the fishing boat carrying them to safety in Bangladesh capsized in stormy weather.

The Bangladesh coast guard found 13 bodies, including seven boys between the ages of 3-10 years, and four girls aged 2-3 years. The bodies of a 70-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman were also recovered from the waves.

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Some of the migrants arriving at a location in Subratah, Libya where IOM is providing food, water and core relief packages.

IOM Providing Emergency Assistance to Over 4,000 Migrants After End of Sabratah Conflict

Sabratah – In the aftermath of weeks of conflict in the Libyan coastal city of Sabratah, at least 4,000 migrants, previously held in numerous informal detention centres and camps, have been transferred to a hangar in the city’s Dahman area, where IOM, the UN Migration Agency is providing emergency assistance.

Sabratah is approximately 80 kilometres west of Tripoli and is one of the main departure points for migrant boats attempting to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

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Talawa's Story – A Reggae Revival on the Migrant Trail Chapter 2: A Lurking Coyote

Central America (IOM) – The reggae band Talawa was formed in 2006, and it released  three records in ten years. This is the second part of a documentary that follows the band and their sound engineer during a journey in Central America and the United States motivated by the false expectations of a tour contract.

Watch Chapter 2 here | Watch Chapter 1 here



Youssouf: "Ces enfants qui sont sur la route, ils n'ont rien. Il faut leur donner ‘les bonnes idées’ parce qu’ils sont le futur de demain."
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Migration in the News

  • DPA reported that an estimated 100,000 more Rohingya Muslims have been waiting on the border to cross into Bangladesh after more than half a million others fled unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
  • Reuters reported that the UN is braced for a possible further exodus of Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into Bangladesh six weeks after the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency began.
  • Xinhua reported that an estimated 2,000 refugees per day are still arriving from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar on the other side of the border in Bangladesh.
  • AFP reported on Robert Watkins, UN resident coordinator in Dhaka’s comments that Bangladesh’s plan to build the world’s biggest refugee camp for 800,000-plus Rohingya was dangerous because overcrowding could heighten the risks of deadly diseases spreading quickly.
  • The Premium Times reported the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has urged the International Criminal Court to intervene on behalf of Rohingya Muslims.
  • RFA reported that Bangladesh’s Buddhist minority this week cut back on colorful traditions that mark Probarona Purnima (Full Moon Night) – the community’s second-biggest religious festival – as a show of sympathy for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees sheltering in their country.
  • IANS reported that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government was very cautious and did not respond to any provocations by Myanmar, thereby defusing tensions between the two neighbours in the wake of a mass exodus of Rohingyas from Rakhine State.
  • Green Watch reported that Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has ordered the use of his private 747 plane and the opening of an air bridge to provide aid to Rohingya refugees. The air bridge will see flights loaded with hundreds of tonnes of relief items to be distributed by agencies.
  • Xinhua reported that a senior official in the western Libyan city of Sabratha said on Saturday that more than 3,000 irregular migrants bound for Europe have been found in the city's detention centers. It noted that shelter is being prepared to house the migrants in Sabratha.
  • Xinhua reported that more than 33,000 people have been displaced in the retaking of the town of Hawija near Kirkuk in northern Iraq in the fight against the so-called Islamic State group.

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  • The Economist reported that Australia admits more migrants than any other major western country with over 28 per cent of its residents born overseas – a higher share than in Canada or New Zealand, let alone the United Kingdom or the United States.



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