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01 February 2018

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Residents of Rukoro spontaneous camp, Democratic Republic of the Congo. H. Vesperini, 2017

Crisis in the Congo: Where is the International Community?

Foreign Policy Journal – The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently drew attention to the disintegrating situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and appealed for desperately needed funding to address the humanitarian emergency. IOM warned that the country’s ongoing constitutional crisis, along with rapidly spreading violence, deadly flooding and a cholera outbreak, have pushed the country to its ‘breaking point’. With less than 5 per cent of the necessary funding secured in 2017, programs meant to assist the DRC’s estimated 4.3 million internally displaced persons have not been implemented yet.

IOM mission chief Jean-Philippe Chauzy’s appeal that “we need to see a similar level of funding to other crises” highlights a critical question: why has the international community so overlooked and mismanaged the humanitarian travesty in the DRC?

IOM’s warning comes as violence and repression in the DRC escalate daily. 

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Migration in the News

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported about a group of returned Gambian migrants, fresh out of Libyan detention centres, who are travelling around the country on a mission to dispel rumours about the journey and persuade young people not to risk it.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that the Rohingya camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar are at high risk of catching fire. Several water reservoirs are being set up around the camp.
  • Al Jazeera followed the rescue missions of migrants and refugees who fled Libya to reach European shores. It noted that nearly 200 people died trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean in the first half of January this year.
  • Branding in Asia and Campaign Brief Asia reported about the launch of a new campaign by IOM X in Bangkok, which aims to break down the myths associated with trafficking for sexual exploitation through a film entitled Unexpected Victim.
  • Africa Check reported that a post doing the rounds on Facebook claims that 2,880 children are kidnapped each day in South Africa. There is no research or data supporting such a figure.
  • IDMC reported that while experts at the first International Forum on Migration Statistics this month talked extensively about the need for more data on human mobility to support the 2030 Agenda, little attention has been given to the issue of internal displacement.
  • Malawi News Agency reported that the NGO Eye of the Child has commended the government of Malawi for its commitment to ending child trafficking.

Trending on the Internet

  • Al Jazeera reported about a group of volunteers in Brussels who host up to 400 refugees and migrants every night.
  • FT reported that the UK has hit its cap on skilled visas for non-EU workers for two months in a row for the first time as companies were forced to look further afield to make up for falling numbers of European immigrants.


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