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08 November 2018

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Internally displaced persons construct makeshift shelter in Gode IDP settlement in Ethiopia's Somali Region. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

Overcoming the Drought in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa – As Ethiopia battles the lingering effects of 2015–2016’s El Niño-induced drought, poor seasonal rains from a year ago in the southern and southeastern parts of the country have brought new drought conditions to the region.

This has resulted in over 5.5 million Ethiopians requiring emergency food relief assistance in the past year. Across the country, some 7.9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Born in Somalia, Ilhan Omar fled war with her family and grew up partly in Dadaab, Kenya, one of the world’s largest refugee camps. Photo: Reuters/Eric Miller

A Historic Election of a Somali Ex-refugee Woman to Congress Shows How the American Dream Evolves

(Quartz Africa) – Somali, Muslim, refugee, woman: Ilhan Omar made history in all those categories last night as voters backed her bid to the US Congress.

The 36-year-old Democrat candidate was resoundingly elected with over 78 per cent of the vote in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, joining the surge of fresh new candidates who helped the Democrats take back the House. Her Republican opponent Jennifer Zielinski got only 22% of the vote. Her election was among many firsts in the high-stakes midterm polls, including the victory of an openly gay governor in Colorado, and the first Native American women elected to Congress from Kansas and New Mexico.

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Big Name Brands Visit Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar – IOM Bangladesh Chief of Mission, Giorgi Gigauri reflects on a successful visit by private sector reps to meet staff and refugees IOM is assisting at the sprawling Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.

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  • Reuters and Adnkronos reported that the Libyan Coast Guard rescued 315 migrants in the Mediterranean on Wednesday who were trying to cross to Europe aboard three inflatable boats, according to Libyan authorities.
  • Xinhua reported that IOM facilitated the voluntary return of 124 irregular Somali migrants from Libya's capital Tripoli, after clashes erupted near Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport.
  • ANSAmed reported that this year has been a deadly one for migrants in Morocco so far, with 102 dead. 
  • Libya Business Info and Libya Observer  reported that IOM has delivered essential medical items and equipment to the Libyan Ministry of Health through the support of the European Union Trust Fund.
  • Passblue reported that IOM and UNHCR are backing the asylum rights of Central American migrants as they head towards the United States.
  • The World Bank reported that migration from Venezuela has brought additional demand for basic services in Colombia like health and education, placing pressure on finances over the short-term and affecting the most vulnerable, including indigenous people and children, both among migrant and local communities.
  • Rudaw reported on Kurdistan’s nascent solar power industry. Despite the technology’s enormous potential, there are just a handful of solar power projects in the region – a couple of health clinics, a school, and a water pumping station.
  • Cebu News Daily caught up with the Olivar family in San Remigio, Cebu, Philippines, five years after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated their town and left them homeless.
  • Zambian Daily Mail reported on the challenges faced by Zambian women in Senegal.
  • Egypt Today reported that the UN Global Compact Network Egypt launched the fifth edition of its Business for Peace Annual Event (B4P) on Wednesday. 
  • TASS reported that the Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact will bring together about 40 United Nations agencies.

  • CBS reported that two former refugees, Ilhan Omar from Somalia and Safiya Wazir from Afghanistan, made history during the United States midterm elections when they were elected to national Congress and New Hampshire state house respectively.
  • The Independent reported on Mimycri, a Berlin project where migrants make refugee boats into bags.
  • The New York Times reported on how migrants are bringing cricket, and victory, to northern France.
  • DW interviewed a number of Central American migrants heading to the US who have decided to end their perilous journeys and apply for asylum in Mexico.