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14 May 2018

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IOM’s mobile migrant protection teams are providing assistance across the country. Photo: IOM

Mini-Crisis in Bosnia is a Wakeup Call

Sarajevo (IOM) — When over a million people moved en masse through Central Europe in 2015/16, the small, landlocked country of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was never part of what became known as “the Western Balkans route”.

Now, two years later, it is the newest destination for thousands of stranded migrants. They come from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Algeria, Afghanistan and they are still struggling to continue their journeys to Western European. They are becoming ever more desperate, trapped within the borders of  Balkan countries, falling prey to criminal groups of human traffickers and smugglers.

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Mercy, shortly after she was born on board the Mediteranean rescue boat L'Aquarius. Photo: Grégory Leclerc

Madame Monsieur's 'Mercy': How a Newborn Refugee Inspired France's Eurovision Song Entry

Billboard — On March 21, 2017, a Nigerian refugee named Taiwo Yussif went into labor while on board L'Aquarius — a rescue ship operated by the humanitarian organization SOS Méditerranée. Just hours earlier the ship had saved her and 944 other refugees, who had braved the perilous crossing from northern Africa to Europe. As the boat made its way to the port of Catania, in Sicily, Yussif delivered an eight-pound baby girl. She named her Mercy. "Those people were so kind to me," she'd later say of the crew on board the ship. "I saw a lot of people dying in the sea, it was so difficult for me. I thank God to be alive with Mercy."

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Liliana: "A lot is happening outside, but what never changes is how kind people can be to you."

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  • N1 reported that the Head of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina said that the EU is monitoring development of a migration emergency in Bosnia and has invited the local authorities to adopt a coordinated approach that clearly sets their priorities. 
  • Telesur reported Spanish authorities intercepted 95 sub-Saharan Africans Saturday as they attempted to reach Spain’s southern coast. According to Salvamento Marítimo  the passengers traveled in four over-crowded vessels.
  • Pulse News Nigeria/AFP and Libyan Express reported that more than 70 migrants, including three children, were rescued Saturday off the coast of Libya as the Aquarius, chartered by the NGOs SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, came to their aid. 
  • Xinhua reported that the head of Libya’s anti-irregular immigration department indicated that some  1.5 million migrants reside outside “official”—or government momitores--immigration shelters.
  • Libya Business Info reported that between January 2017 and March 2018, IOM assisted 1,310 women ( mainly from Nigeria and Liberia), as well as 714 accompanied and 445 unaccompanied children, (mainly from Guinea-Conakry and Nigeria) at its six transit centres for migrants in Agadez, Dirkou, Arlit and Niamey.
  • Nigeria’s Daily Trust reported that trafficking survivors say their joy of returning to Nigeria from Libya is being undermined by rejection and feeling stigmatized by family and friends.  
  • News Patrolling reported that WHO and a broad range of partners are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo working with the Government to contain an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Bikoro health zone, Equateur Province.
  • Web India reported that WHO, with the Ministry of Health and partners, is targeting 854,469 people for immunization against cholera in South Sudan's endemic 'hot spots' in the first half of 2018. 
  • Egypt Today reported that the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (MSMEDA) will sign five contracts for youth employment in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Assiut.
  • IANS/AKI and Himalayan Times reported that IOM and the World Bank have boosted cooperation with two new humanitarian and development framework agreements that will rapidly aid over a million Iraqis. 
  • Bangladesh’s Daily Star reported that while locals in Cox's Bazar are bearing the brunt of socio-economic and environmental damages due to the massive influx of Rohingyas, their needs are being largely overlooked, said local government representatives and officials of the district yesterday. 
  • The Daily Star reported that UNHCR will celebrate World Refugee Day 2018 in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar on June 20 to raise global awareness for global responsibility for refugees. 
  • Karen News reported that the Thai government has transferred 93 Myanmar refugees from five refugee camps to Myanmar's government on May 7 under the bilateral agreement on the voluntary repatriation of the refugees from Thailand. 
  • CualeselRollo and Andina reported that a total of 280,000 Venezuelan citizens are currently in  Peru and 43,000 already hold a Temporary Resident Permit.
  • El Heraldo de Chiapas reported that the Episcopal Conferences of Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina, with the assistance of the Vatican dicastery that deals with immigration, have prepared a humanitarian project that will help "several hundred thousand Venezuelans" who have been forced to leave their country. 
  • Dominica’s Dominica Vibes reported that IOM held its first formal community meeting on May 3 in the village of Calibishie to educate the community about the organization as well as the IOM housing project for the area. 
  • The Conversation reported about how modern technology – specifically virtual and augmented reality – can be applied to security training for counter terrorism officers and aid workers. 

  • Time looks at why Venezuelan migrants are making handbags out of worthless banknotes.