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