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New Hope for Rohingya Refugees with Disabilities in Cox’s Bazar

Twenty-six-year-old Anuara was born with a congenital limb defect. However, this does not stop the single mother from doing her household chores, getting around the camp and looking after her two-year-old. “I have been using my hands to walk my entire life,” Anaura explains. Yet, since the onset of COVID-19, she is increasingly relying on her neighbours for errands. Anaura is one of the 59 Rohingya refugees with disabilities who will receive assistive devices in the coming weeks. “I hope the wheelchair will be the right height for me, so I can get into the seat by myself,” she says. Most of the people with disabilities living in the camps have been disabled their entire lives, but have never owned an assistive device to facilitate their daily tasks. 

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16 Days of Activism: Women Migrant Returnees to Nigeria Rise Against Violence

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) is a day to stand taller. We begin the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, collaboration and working together at all levels to root out gender-based violence that damages communities everywhere. Over my life, I have learnt much about the vital role women play in society. As a migrant and a woman, for me, violence was unavoidable during my journey that took me over land and sea. The women I know from home and those I have met have had little control over their own bodies. I have seen women experience terrible pain with no one to speak up for them. 

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How Sewing Face Masks is Helping Displaced Women in Yemen

Six years of conflict, disease outbreaks and extreme weather conditions have crippled Yemen’s economy. According to the World Bank, more than 40 per cent of Yemeni families have lost their primary source of income over the past four years. Most people who were previously able to live a comfortable life are now struggling to afford their daily necessities. Among those suffering the fallout of the economic decline are the displaced. No matter how well-off they were before, having to leave behind their homes, jobs and belongings to start over has left millions of people in dire need of all forms of humanitarian assistance.

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Cashing in for the Future: IOM Provides Cash for Rent Assistance to Thousands of Conflict Affected Families in Ethiopia

Conflict has displaced thousands of households in Ethiopia, many of which often face hard options. In the absence of decent housing or a source of income, the International Organization for Migration is now offering them a lifeline in the form of cash support. Since September 2018, localized conflicts have caused an estimated 191,752 individuals to be displaced in Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region (BSG) as well as in the East and West Wollega zones of Oromia region. More than 50,000 of these  internally displaced persons (IDPs) are living in the Haro Limmu woreda (district).

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Phoenix Centre: Addressing social exclusion in Moldova through philanthropy and diaspora engagement

Victoria Dunford is guided by a motto: “Change starts with each of us.” The social cohesion activists was born in Moldova, a tiny state bordering Ukraine and the Russian Federation. She now lives in London. Victoria’s motto continues: "And when you offer concrete examples of development and support, others get inspired, too.” She believes that it is up to every citizen and especially civil society organizations to eliminate barriers that may hinder persons with disabilities, which will contribute to greater levels of social inclusion and cohesion and reduce inequalities in Moldova, as foreseen by Goal 10 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Empowering Communities to Build Peace in Somalia

After four years living under the control of non-state armed groups, residents of two small towns in Hirshabelle, Somalia are beginning to imagine a peaceful future. The transition has not been easy. Threats and attacks on civilians continue despite the increased military presence and efforts by the Somali National Army (SNA) and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), who helped liberate both towns between 2012 and 2014.

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Clean Water and Improved Sanitation for Ethiopia’s Formerly Displaced

Kefyalew Mengesha and his family of four boys and four girls are returnees in West Guji zone, which borders Gedeo zone in the south of Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state. They survived communal conflict that broke out in 2018, forcing them and their neighbours to flee their homes. 

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Women at the Forefront of COVID-19 Containment in Cox’s Bazar

The unprecedented spread of COVID-19 has not spared the world’s displaced communities. In Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, the largest refugee settlement in the world, women leaders are...

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Women-led Water Management Committee Makes Waves in Jebel Kheir, South Sudan

IOM has constructed the water points the Management Committee oversees that benefit over 4,500 individuals living in the vicinity through provision of safe drinking water as a result. 

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Enriching Rural Communities Through Migration for Sustainable Agriculture

The agriculture sector in South Africa attracts migrant workers from across the region. When their skills are effectively channelled, and their labour rights protected, migrant workers have the potential to help improve agricultural value chains and accelerate sustainable development outcomes for themselves, their families and communities.

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Bangkok-Belarus-Bishkek: The Long Way Home

Plenty of people take a dream holiday in Thailand, the “Land of Smiles”, to escape the cold and gloom of a Central Asian winter. Some stay longer, working as tour guides for the huge Russian-speaking market.

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Yemen’s Hygiene Heroes Helping their Community Fight COVID-19

Huwaida Obaid, a hygiene promoter working with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Aden, Yemen, believes that conflict-affected communities need information now more than ever.

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