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15 May 2018

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IOM and partners have deployed an investigation mission to Bikoro Health Zone. Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency Supports Ebola Response in DR Congo, Border-Crossings

Posted on Tue. May 15, 2018​​

Kinshasa  – Over the past few days, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has raced to support the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Congolese Ministry of Health in addressing the needs of communities affected by the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). IOM is focusing on population mobility mapping at border-crossings and in the affected province, as well as risk communication and sanitary control.

DRC’s Ministry of Health declared an Ebola outbreak a week ago (08/05), reporting 21 suspected cases including 17 deaths in the Ikoko Impenge Health Area of Bikoro Health Zone, located in the Equateur Province. Since then, the number of suspected cases and deaths has grown.

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Aid agencies race to relocate Rohingya refugees to safer ground ahead of monsoon. Photo: IOM/Saikat Mojumder 2018

IOM Moves Thousands of Rohingya Refugees to Safer Ground

Posted on Tue. May 15, 2018​​

Cox's Bazar – Almost 12,000 Rohingya refugees have now been moved to safer ground by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, as storms continue to lash southern Bangladesh, damaging tarpaulin shelters and raising the risk of landslides on the steep sandy slopes of the refugee settlements. IOM is racing to support the ongoing relocation of 24,000 people recognized as being highest risk.

The inter-agency Site Maintenance Engineering Project (SMEP) – a joint effort between IOM, WFP and UNHCR – is also working at full speed to prepare new land made available by the government to the southwest of the existing camps to allow more people to move to safer ground.

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  • Anadolu Agency reported that the European Council on Monday adopted a decision allowing for the creation of an information cell under its naval mission Operation Sophia launched in 2015, aimed at intensifying the fight against human smuggling and trafficking.
  • OpenCanada.org reported about the plight of Syrian refugees stuck in limbo in Turkey, and the problematic intake process within the Canadian refugee system.
  • Pulse News reported that Korea’s KT Corp. has celebrated the first anniversary of the GiGA Island project which addresses the digital divide by connecting Moheshkhali, a small island located in the southeast part of the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh, with wireless services. 
  • Circa shared the story of Renu, who, like many Rohingya children who have fled Myanmar, is now at risk of being trafficked in Bangladesh’s refugee camps.
  • Kazinform reported about the meeting of Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • Kyrgyzstan’s Kabar News Agency hosted a teleconference on safe migration, in which Kyrgyz and Kazakh experts discussed the problems of migrants.
  • My Joy Online shared the story of a Ghanaian migrant who went to Libya in search of a better life, only to find misfortune.
  • Biznews ran an op-ed explaining why South Africa needs a more migrant-friendly policy while also luring back its expats.

  • Finance Magnates reported that digital transactions via blockchain can become the innovative way to make the remittance industry fairer and people-friendly. 
  • Broadway World reported about A Migrant's Son, a cabaret tale exploring true stories of Greek migration to Australia in the 1930's. It tells the story of a man, the son of a poor migrant, who defied all odds and rose above his circumstances.