Photo Stories

Children use mud to make toys, often depicting what they witnessed before arriving at the site. UN PoC Site, Bentiu. Photo: IOM/Bannon 2015

Life In A UN Protection Of Civilians Site


When fighting erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, people fled to UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) bases in search of safety and protection.

Migrants lining up to cross the Greek border with North Macedonia (FYROM). © IOM/Amanda Nero 2015

Crossing the Greek Border with North Macedonia


Migrants in transit camps at the Greek border with North Macedonia (FYROM).

The only way is by boat: IOM Chuuk staff and community  members board a speedboat to get to the handover ceremony on Tonoas island – halfway between the Philippines and Hawaii.

Federated States of Micronesia: Walking the Talk on Climate Change


By Canita Swigart

While Paris prepares for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 12,210 kilometres away  the tiny Micronesian Island of Yap is celebrating 13 small steps towards building resilience.

This is one of the entrances to the ‘New Jungle’. The boy in the wheelchair hurt himself trying to cross to the UK. Friends take turns to wheel him around the informal settlement. © IOM/Amanda Nero 2015

Night life in the ‘New Jungle’ of Calais


At night, the ‘New Jungle’, the informal migrant and refugee settlement in the port city of Calais, France, comes to life. Several improvised bars, restaurants and shops open after sunset.

Rebecca: “Through their struggle, [a person] can learn a resilience that promises normality and happiness for the future.” © IOM/McLaughlin 2015

Voices from Bor, South Sudan


More than 20 months into the crisis in South Sudan, the psychosocial impact of the conflict persists. Twelve people shared their stories and the impact the crisis has had on their lives.

The area surrounding Sidoktaya town in Sagaing region covered by flood water (13 Aug 2015). © IOM 2015

IOM Flood Response in Myanmar


Heavy monsoon rains during the months of June, July, and August, followed by Cyclone Komen, have caused extensive flash floods and landslides in several parts of central and western Myanmar. Estimates from Myanmar's government say that 1.6 million have been affected with 333,000 being displaced. As flood waters recede, IOM, together with other partners like Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the UN, have scaled up humanitarian assistance in the hard hit areas, providing food, water, shelter and family kits. Plans for longer term assistance are underway.

Internally displaced women receiving cash assistance from the EU and Norway within an IOM project in Kharkiv, Eastern Ukraine. © IOM/Rozhenyuk Alexander 2015

IOM Cash Aid for Displaced People in Ukraine


Over 2,500 vulnerable families displaced to the Kharkiv Region, which borders the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine, have already received cash assistance from the EU and Norway in the framework of the IOM project launched in July. These are over 3,500 women and the same number of children.

Photos: © IOM/Rozhenyuk Alexander 2015


Yanamsa (16 yrs, centre) prepares banana, the staple of Papua New Guinea. Manyang village, Morobe province, Papua New Guinea, 21 June 2015. © Nic Dunlop/IOM 2015

Food Security Based on Indigenous Knowledge in Papua New Guinea


Indigenous communities have been adapting for centuries to climate change and extreme weather. Therefore, they have valuable traditional knowledge on how to survive during the drought and other disaster impacts. IOM and NDC with support from USAID work closely with indigenous communities in Papua New Guinea to harness this knowledge to build resilience to environmental shocks. This series of photographs reveals some of the indigenous knowledge on local sources of food and its preparation that has worked during drought periods.

Photos: Nic Dunlop/IOM 2015

View of Lake Azuei at the Malpasse border. Lake Azuei is a salt-water lake and is the largest lake in Haiti. It is located in the area of Malpasse, one of the four official border crossing points between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. © IOM/Ilaria Lanzoni 2015

Awaiting in Uncertainty


Upon their return from the Dominican Republic in June, dozens of families are hosted at the Fond Bayard school in the locality of Fond Parisien, near the Malpasse border. They are still waiting for solutions and no one knows how long they will stay there.

Up until last week, classrooms were used as dormitories, but recently a local religious group donated a batch of tents that were set up behind the school building - a little improvement that allows families to have some privacy and a place to sleep and store their belongings.

© IOM/Ilaria Lanzoni 2015

Florida 15


A a series of photographs of Filipinos (the Florida 15) who were trafficked 7 years ago by a Filipino company and were hired under false pretenses or coercion to work in a hotel in Miami, Florida. The group eventually escaped from their recruiter and headed to New York where they sought help and were eventually granted T Visas - a 4-year non-immigrant status that enables trafficking victims to stay in the U.S. and assist federal and/or state authorities in the investigation and prosecution of trafficking cases.

MIDA Somalia participant Osman M. Ali (second from the right in a white shirt) says that he joined IOM’s MIDA programme to enable him make a lasting contribution to Somalia’s reconstruction, by upgrading the necessary accounting, auditing and other Public Financial Management (PFM) skills for public sector employees. © IOM/Mary-Sanyu Osire 2015

IOM Programme Helps Africans Manage and Realize Development Goals


IOM’s Migration for Development (MIDA) programme assists in strengthening the institutional capacities of African governments to manage and realize their development goals through the transfer of relevant skills, financial and other resources of Africans in the diaspora for use in development programmes in Africa.

Youth volunteers practicing a song written at a media workshop conducted by IOM in collaboration with DRC and the Myanmar Central Body for Suppression of Trafficking in Persons Division (CBTIP). IOM partnered with Kachin youth groups to develop the campaign following a request from community groups to address human trafficking in the state.

Information Campaigns Against Human Trafficking in Kachin State


In June 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) together with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Myanmar Ministry of Home Affairs, conducted an information campaign against human trafficking in Myanmar’s north-eastern Kachin State. The initiative’s aim was to raise awareness in the state which is a major source area for cross-border trafficking. Enticed by offers of high-paying jobs abroad, large numbers of Kachin youths are often trafficked into China and Thailand.