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17 October 2018

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Three aid workers were killed on 1 March during an attack in Rann, north-east Nigeria. Photo: OCHA / Yasmina Guerda

UN Secretary General ‘Appalled’ by Killing of Aid Worker in Nigeria; Calls for Release of Remaining Hostages

New York (UN) – The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned on Tuesday the killing of an aid worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in north-east Nigeria. He said he was “appalled” by her death on Monday.  

The aid worker, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, a 24-year-old midwife and nurse had been working in the town of Rann, near the border with Cameroon. She was abducted on 1 March, along with two other nurses, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa and Alice Loksha, following an attack on the town by armed extremists, in which dozens were killed. 

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Women and children caught in a dust-laden gust at an IDP settlement 60km south of Gode, Ethiopia. Photo: James Jeffrey/IPS

Rural Migration: An Opportunity, Not A Challenge

Rome (IPS) – While it can be a challenging issue, migration must be seen as an opportunity and be met with sound, coherent policies that neither stem nor promote the phenomenon.

A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) examines rural migration and urges countries to maximise the contribution of such migrants to economic and social development.

“We cannot ignore the challenges and costs associated with migration,” FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva said.

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  • ANSA reported that IOM has helped 44 Syrian refugees to resettle in Croatia.
  • CGTN reported that IOM has appealed for USD 1 million to provide humanitarian assistance to some 200,000 Congolese returnees from Angola. 
  • Colombia Reports reported that Eduardo Stein, UNHCR and IOM’s joint special representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, arrived in Colombia on Monday to coordinate a regional response to Venezuela’s ongoing migration crisis. EFE-EPA reported that Mr. Stein, the former Guatemalan Vice-President, has called the migration crisis unprecedented in Latin America.
  • IISD reported that IOM has issued a guide to help policymakers integrate the migration aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals into local and national planning processes.
  • IPS interviewed Alexandra Bilak, Director of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, on the use of data to predict internal displacement trends. 
  • Macau News and Macau Daily Times reported on the Good Shepherd Centre in Macau which has been involved in anti-trafficking activities since 2008 — the year after a human trafficking law was passed in Macau.
  • The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reported that thousands of miners are flocking to a remote desert region in Niger marked by high levels of migration, jihadist terrorism and narcotics smuggling.

  • Associated Press reported that hundreds of Honduran migrants crossed the Guatemalan border on Monday hoping to make it to the United States, far from the poverty and violence back home.
  • Psychology Today published an op-ed on the psychological needs of resettled refugee women and how this year’s Nobel Peace Prize recipients, Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege, have brought much-needed attention to the human rights abuses encountered by women in war-torn countries.