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13 April 2018

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Women and children displaced by brutal violence in North Kivu, DRC. Photo: IOM

IOM Calls for Funding to Match Needs, at DR Congo Humanitarian Conference

Posted on Fri. April 13, 2018​​

Geneva – Deadly violence has forced millions of people from their homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bringing the total number of internally displaced persons in the country to 4.5 million.

The funding levels required to address the enormous needs have not been met. Only 11 per cent of IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s appeal for 2018 (USD 75 million) has been funded. The DRC is in urgent need of humanitarian funding to respond to the deteriorating situation and save lives.

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The new homes will house 120 displaced families. Photo: IOM.

USAID, IOM Hand Over New Homes to Sri Lanka Flood, Landslide Victims

Posted on Fri. April 13, 2018​​

Colombo – USAID and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, this week handed over new transitional homes to 120 families affected by the May 2017 floods and landslides in the Rathnapura district of Sri Lanka.

The homes, which were built by IOM in Dombagammana village over the past three months, will house some 445 people, including 194 children. The families either lost their homes to floods and landslides or were unable to return home due to the ongoing risk of landslides.

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Migration in the News

  • Bangladesh Post and Dhaka Tribune reported that some 30,000 Rohingyas living in Cox’s Bazar will soon have easier access to safe water with the recent inauguration of a major new borehole project.
  • El País reported that growing numbers of migrants are crossing the Mediterranean in a bid to reach Spain.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that the government of Bangladesh has approved a three-year IOM project to facilitate sustainable reintegration of returnee migrants from Europe and improve the overall migration governance space in the country.
  • AFP reported that Chile’s special visa for Venezuelans fleeing their country and the tourism visa of only 30 days for Haitians have led to accusations of selective and discriminatory migration.

Trending on the Internet

  • The New York Times interviewed and photographed dozens of the students abducted by Boko Haram. Now free and at university, they say they are the lucky ones.
  • Reuters reported that according to experts, finding ways to help migrants restart productive lives that also produce benefits, not just costs, for their new communities will be crucial to global stability.


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