Photo Stories

Children and women hosted at the Fond Bayard school, where they sought shelter after returning from the Dominican Republic in June 2015. © IOM/Ilaria Lanzoni 2015

Stories from the Border


IOM is monitoring migration flows from the Dominican Republic to Haiti. In these photos, IOM staff conduct interviews with returnees sheltered at a school in Fond Bayard. © IOM/Ilaria Lanzoni 2015

Fatos Tokaji - Fatos decided to return voluntarily to Kosovo with the assistance of IOM’s AVRR programme. Within a month following his return, he applied for the business grant at the IOM office in Pristina. The main reason he left Kosovo was the bad economic situation at home and the hope for better opportunities abroad. Fatos decided to use the funds of the assistance to purchase a motor-cultivator for a small parcel in the family estate. Parts of the funds were used to purchase more land for the family.

IOM Reintegration Programme Helps Kosovar Migrants


The majority of the migrants taking part in the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme by IOM Hungary are people of Kosovar origin. Currently, the struggling economy, which results in a lack of prospects, is the major push factor for the people who decide to emigrate from Kosovo. Since the first assistance programmes were implemented in 2006, more than one hundred Kosovar people have been granted reintegration assistance in order to contribute to a sustainable return and ease the highly vulnerable situation that these returnees often face.

IOM set up a health facility in Kandak for the two-week RRT mission to respond to critical health needs in the area. Patients wait for consultation and treatment at the IOM health facility. The closest health care facility is a six-hour walk to Mogok. © IOM/Jacob Zocherman 2015

IOM Rapid Response Team Provides Health, Water and Sanitation Assistance to an Isolated Village in South Sudan


IOM South Sudan’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) spent two weeks in the village of Kandak in Jonglei State's Ayod County to extend humanitarian assistance to displaced and vulnerable host community households.

IOM staff registering arrivals at Aceh Timor camp. © IOM/Joe Lowry 2015

Caring for Migrants in Indonesian Camps


Photo Story: Over 1,700 migrants are currently being cared for in rapidly established camps and small hotels in Aceh province, Indonesia.

26 March 2015, Mataso island, Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Pam slammed into Mataso island on 13 March 2015, demolishing almost every structure. After the cyclone, the more vulnerable residents were evacuated while their families rebuilt. Two months later, they returned home. © IOM/Maria Moita 2015

Return to Mataso – Community Reunited After Tropical Cyclone Pam


A photo story. Also read Karina Coates' blog "No ordinary homecoming – the Mataso community reunited".

Evacuating Somalis from Yemen


IOM, in close coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, conducts its first evacuation of 95 Somali nationals stranded in Yemen with the flight leaving Sana’a, Yemen for Djibouti on 17 May and, after overnighting in Djibouti, continued to Mogadishu, Somalia’s Aden Abdulle International Airport, arriving on the afternoon of 18 May.

A behaviour change communication workshop conducted in Chiang Mai province at the migrants' work place. © IOM 2014

Malaria Communication Campaign in Thailand


How do you teach migrant workers about malaria and achieve changes in their behaviour to protect themselves from the disease? This is the question an IOM Behaviour Change Communication campaign in Thailand is trying to address.

Lifesaving assistance from day one


Since the onset of the displacement crisis in January 2014, IOM has worked in coordination with the Kurdish Government, UN partners and humanitarian actors to meet the urgent needs of affected populations.

In Santa Catalina, Zamboanga, the Philippine national flag put up by government soldiers a year ago still flutters on a building which was riddled with bullet holes during clashes with separatist rebels of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). © IOM 2014 (Photo by Alan Motus)

Zamboanga: One Year On


The fighting that broke out in Zamboanga city between the separatist Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippine army one year ago lasted three weeks, leaving more than 10,000 houses destroyed and over 120,000 people displaced.

IOM’s EU-funded Community Stabilization project and the Association Nationale des Comediens organized a day of traditional dance, a football match, and a community theatre performance on 13 August 2014 in the fifth district of Bangui. © IOM 2014 (Photo by Nina Papachristou)

IOM Promotes Social Cohesion in Bangui


One of the major objectives of IOM’s Community Stabilization project, funded by the European Union, is to promote social cohesion among mixed communities in Bangui.

Aziz Ahmad Rahimi, Senior Program Assistant - AFGHANISTAN. He is currently working with IOM Cross Border Return and Reintegration (CBRR) program providing post arrival humanitarian and transportation assistance to vulnerable undocumented Afghan returnees from Iran.

Celebrating the work of humanitarians around the world


World Humanitarian Day is the day on which we honour humanitarian workers who have lost their lives, and those that continue to risk them every day in order to provide aid to people in need. But the day is also now established as a global celebration of the spirit of humanity.

Support on the Ground


IOM Director General William Lacy Swing reviews IOM’s operations in northern Iraq, meets with Kurdish leaders and partner agencies, and joins staff in Kalak to distribute critical aid to displaced Iraqis fleeing the violence in Mosul and other areas.