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23 May 2018

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The Interactive Map report gives an overview of anti-human trafficking initiatives. Photo: Modernslaverymap.org

IOM, Partners to Assist Business Leaders in Combatting Human Trafficking

London – The Interactive Map for Business of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives and Organisations was launched yesterday (22/05) at the British Telecom Centre in London.

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, as part of the RESPECT Initiative, joined the Global Business Coalition Against Trafficking (GBCAT), and the United Nations Global Compact through its Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains organizations in launching this platform.

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Kids at Kakuma refugee camp walk home from school. Photo: Jaime Joyce 2018

Kids of Kakuma

Kakuma, Kenya (TIME) — Wild animals roamed at night, but Rose Peter and the 19 other children she was with still managed to sleep in the bush. In daylight, they walked. “One week,” Rose tells me when I ask how long the trip took. She says they set off alone from South Sudan to Kenya. (Their parents came later.) Aid workers picked them up at the border and drove them two hours south to Kakuma refugee camp. That was in 2014. Rose has lived here ever since.

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  • UN News reported that IOM is overseeing the dredging of more than nine kilometres of abandoned canals, which will then be renovated, in the Cox’s Bazar area, home to around 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in northern Myanmar. 

  • PBS reported that health agencies are hoping to quell the spread of  Ebola before it can spread within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere and are using the lessons they learned from the previous Ebola outbreak in 2014. 

  • Xinhua reported that efforts are needed to enable migrants in different continents to live a decent life. 

  • Reuters reported that the UN had urged Algeria to stop rounding up and expelling sub-Saharan African migrants, highlighting an influx of immigrants from Mali and Niger that Algeria says it needs UN help to address. 

  • The BMJ reported that doctors should challenge anti-migrant rhetoric that legitimizes harmful government policies that deny migrants access to healthcare and leads to social exclusion. 

  • CBC reported about a virtual reality art installation called Carne y Arena which harnesses the Oculus system, headphones and convincing motion effects to mimic the miseries that migrants face on their journey while trying to cross the US-Mexico border.

  • AFP reported that nearly 400 African migrants, short of food and water, were found by a search-and-rescue team in the Sahara last week.

  • The New York Times  followed a young refugee’s journey from the horrors of the Syrian war to his first week of school in Winnipeg, Canada.

  • Kathmandu Post reported that in a move to alleviate the financial burden on Nepali migrants applying to work in Malaysia, the government last week scrapped exorbitant additional fees charged by some authorized agents.