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28 November 2018

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Rocaya Alangadi, an IDP from Marawi City to Lanao del Norte, Philippines. Photo: IOM/Julie Batula

Holding On: Their Most Cherished Possession

(IOM Podcast) – Around the world, the number of people forced from their homes and neighbourhoods has more than doubled in the past twenty years. The current official estimate of displaced persons is more than 68 million.

In this podcast episode, we ask: What would you hold onto if you were forced to flee your home and had only moments to decide what to take with you?

A landap (a traditional article of clothing), a pot and a government-issued health card are some of the answers from three internally displaced people, who fled Marawi City in the Southern Philippines during intense fighting in 2017. We hear their personal stories as they explain why these items are their most cherished possessions.

These interviews are part of IOM’s global art exhibition and digital campaign, Holding On: Symbols of Displacement.


Click here to listen


A woman stands with her grandchildren outside their small straw house in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

ANNOUNCEMENT: Shelter Projects Photography Competition 2018

(Global Shelter Cluster) – How can we capture the essence of a shelter project in a single picture? The Shelter Projects Working Group of the Global Shelter Cluster, led by IOM, challenges humanitarian practitioners to participate in the 2018 Shelter Projects Photo Competition.

The submissions will be displayed on the Global Shelter Cluster website, available to humanitarian practitioners around the world, and the winning photos will be published in the upcoming edition of Shelter Projects (www.shelterprojects.org).  

Submit your photos by the end of December 2018. 


Find more details here

 

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Oza, Internally Displaced From Baga to Maiduguri, Nigeria

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  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that asylum seekers at the Mexican border fleeing violence or persecution are entitled to lodge claims in the United States, according to UN agencies.

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