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In November 2016, rains failed for the third year in a row; forcing Somalia into a devastating drought. From then until March 2017, over 600,000 people have been displaced within the country. 

This number is rising. Forced to abandon their homes and livelihoods in search of food and water, more than 8,000 people are newly displaced each day.
Cholbuol and her two-year old son in front of their transitional shelter at Kule Refugee Camp
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  • Safaa, 9, has been living in displacement with her family for two years. She is currently living with her family in Chamakor camp for displaced Iraqis, east of Mosul. 

She goes to the IOM psychosocial center every day to spend time with other children and engage in recreational activities such as drawing. She drew a house, car, and an Iraqi flag flying on the house.Safaa, 9, has been living in displacement with her family for two years. She is currently living with her family in Chamakor camp for displaced Iraqis, east of Mosul. 

She goes to the IOM psychosocial center every day to spend time with other children and engage in recreational activities such as drawing. She drew a house, car, and an Iraqi flag flying on the house.

    IOM's Psychosocial Support to Displaced Iraqis

    IOM's psychosocial centers organize recreational activities to help the displaced Iraqis cope with their new lives, alleviate stress and help IDP children to increase their resilience.

  • Fatima fled her village in Afghanistan with her disabled son Zabi shortly after the Taliban murdered her husband. Like many ethnic Hazara, the family was routinely discriminated against by elements of the Pashtun-dominated extremist group. Blind since birth, Zabi hopes one day to be able to continue his studies. Refugees in Indonesia, the pair now reside in a small home provided by IOM in the bustling port city in the Province of Sulawesi where they have been awaiting resettlement for years.Fatima fled her village in Afghanistan with her disabled son Zabi shortly after the Taliban murdered her husband. Like many ethnic Hazara, the family was routinely discriminated against by elements of the Pashtun-dominated extremist group. Blind since birth, Zabi hopes one day to be able to continue his studies. Refugees in Indonesia, the pair now reside in a small home provided by IOM in the bustling port city in the Province of Sulawesi where they have been awaiting resettlement for years.

    Refugees in Indonesia

    Stories of Afghan refugees who have been resettled or awaiting resettlement in Indonesia.

  • South Sudanese Refugees crossing Pagak border into Ethiopia carrying their belongings.South Sudanese Refugees crossing Pagak border into Ethiopia carrying their belongings.

    South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia

    South Sudanese Refugees transportation assistance from Pagak Reception Centre to Nguenyyiel Refugee Camp and Kule Refugee Camp in Gambella Region, and three-day convoy to Gure-Shembola Refugee Camp in Assosa, Benishangul-Gumuz Region, Ethiopia. South Sudanese beneficiaries of transitional shelter in Nguenyyiel and Kule Refugee Camp in Gambella Region.

  • Five trucks and a group of 12 IOM staffers, from the Rapid Assessment Response Team (RART), visited the Badoush settlement to distribute much-needed NFI assistance to the displaced population, which IOM estimates is about 1,530 individuals. IOM is the first NFI partner to assist here. 
 
Photo: Elham Mohamad Taher / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017Five trucks and a group of 12 IOM staffers, from the Rapid Assessment Response Team (RART), visited the Badoush settlement to distribute much-needed NFI assistance to the displaced population, which IOM estimates is about 1,530 individuals. IOM is the first NFI partner to assist here. 
 
Photo: Elham Mohamad Taher / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

    IOM Distributes Non-Food Items in Badoush, Iraq

    Five trucks and a group of 12 IOM staffers, from the Rapid Assessment Response Team (RART), visited the Badoush settlement to distribute much-needed NFI assistance to the displaced population, which IOM estimates is about 1,530 individuals. IOM is the first NFI partner to assist here.

  • IOM Director General William Lacy Swing spent three days meeting with some of the internally displaced at camps and in communities in the hardest hit areas of Borno state, the epicentre of the conflict. IOM’s emergency response is based in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno and the birthplace of Boko Haram.

It’s been three years since Yagana Hamed, her husband and their five children, including three-year-old twin boys, left late one night from their home in Monguno, 140km north of Maiduguri, to escape Boko Haram.

Photo: Julia Burpee / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017IOM Director General William Lacy Swing spent three days meeting with some of the internally displaced at camps and in communities in the hardest hit areas of Borno state, the epicentre of the conflict. IOM’s emergency response is based in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno and the birthplace of Boko Haram.

It’s been three years since Yagana Hamed, her husband and their five children, including three-year-old twin boys, left late one night from their home in Monguno, 140km north of Maiduguri, to escape Boko Haram.

Photo: Julia Burpee / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

    IOM DG Swing Visits Northeast Nigeria

    IOM Director General William Lacy Swing spent three days meeting with some of the internally displaced at camps and in communities in the hardest hit areas of Borno state, the epicentre of the conflict, now in its eighth year.

  • Fatima, 45, walked out of her house in West Mosul in search of water for her children, when a bomb fell nearby, killing her 19-year-old daughter and severely injuring Fatima’s legs. In early July, Fatima and her two surviving children were brought to IOM’s field hospital in Hammam al-Alil, where the medical team performed surgery on her legs and inserted titanium rods. Her youngest boy, 10-year-old Adam, lies by her side, still in shock.Fatima, 45, walked out of her house in West Mosul in search of water for her children, when a bomb fell nearby, killing her 19-year-old daughter and severely injuring Fatima’s legs. In early July, Fatima and her two surviving children were brought to IOM’s field hospital in Hammam al-Alil, where the medical team performed surgery on her legs and inserted titanium rods. Her youngest boy, 10-year-old Adam, lies by her side, still in shock.

    A Litany of Horrors from West Mosul

    People of West Mosul has suffered serious injuries. But it is not the injuries that shock, but their stories before reaching safety. Many of these Iraqis from West Mosul are being cared for at IOM's field hospital in Hammam al-Alil town, south east of Mosul where dozens of trauma cases are being treated every week.

  • IOM distributed clothes and toys and held an Eid festival for the children at Haj Ali emergency site, south of Mosul, as the Muslim Eid al-Fitr rolled around.IOM distributed clothes and toys and held an Eid festival for the children at Haj Ali emergency site, south of Mosul, as the Muslim Eid al-Fitr rolled around.

    Eid Celebrations in Displacement

    Eid al-Fitr, which marks theend of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is a time of joy and celebrations, especially for children: new clothes, various dishes, visiting family and friends and collecting candy and small amounts of money. However, many of the the displaced children who spent this year's Eid al-Fitr in the camps and emergency sites did not have more than what they wore, let alone the traditional Eid dishes or money. At Haj Ali emergency site, south of Mosul, as Eid rolled around, IOM distributed new clothes and toys to over 3,400 kids .

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  • Somalis are coming back to fight the drought and its effects in Somalia. You can see more stories from those affected by the drought here: http://features.iom.int/stories/born-into-drought/. 

Help the Somali diaspora save lives by donating to IOM through this link: https://usaim.networkforgood.com/projects/10214-migrant-livesSomalis are coming back to fight the drought and its effects in Somalia. You can see more stories from those affected by the drought here: http://features.iom.int/stories/born-into-drought/. 

Help the Somali diaspora save lives by donating to IOM through this link: https://usaim.networkforgood.com/projects/10214-migrant-lives

    Somalis are Coming Back to Fight the Drought.mp4 

  • IOM Somalia is using Polyglu to treat drinking water and help Somalis affected by the recent drought.IOM Somalia is using Polyglu to treat drinking water and help Somalis affected by the recent drought.

    Treating Water in Somalia.mp4 

  • Chris is thirteen years old. He left Liberia because of poverty and Ebola. He saw on the BBC that the trip to the Mediterranean was very dangerous and he did not want to die there. When we started looking for his family, we did not have much more than some incoherent information. Then, thanks to the support of the ICRC, we could contact his grandfather back in Liberia. After sometime, he told us that Chris’s mother was still in Mauritania, but in another city. We could find her and Chris’s little brother.Chris is thirteen years old. He left Liberia because of poverty and Ebola. He saw on the BBC that the trip to the Mediterranean was very dangerous and he did not want to die there. When we started looking for his family, we did not have much more than some incoherent information. Then, thanks to the support of the ICRC, we could contact his grandfather back in Liberia. After sometime, he told us that Chris’s mother was still in Mauritania, but in another city. We could find her and Chris’s little brother.

    Chris and his mother 

  • 40 million people are internally displaced due to conflict & 26 million by disasters. IOM is supporting states to find durable solutions.40 million people are internally displaced due to conflict & 26 million by disasters. IOM is supporting states to find durable solutions.

    Framework for addressing Internal Displacement.mp4 

  • School Transportation. 
Since mid-February 2017, IOM with UNICEF funding, started providing 
school transportation services for Syrian students. These students are 
enrolled in formal education inside Azraq camp and registered with IOM.School Transportation. 
Since mid-February 2017, IOM with UNICEF funding, started providing 
school transportation services for Syrian students. These students are 
enrolled in formal education inside Azraq camp and registered with IOM.

    Jordan School Transportation in Azraq Refugee Camp.mp4 

  • Born with a hearing disability in Syria, life for Bra’a has not been easy.  This is her journey to overcome the obstacles and have hope for the future.Born with a hearing disability in Syria, life for Bra’a has not been easy.  This is her journey to overcome the obstacles and have hope for the future.

    A Resettlement Tale - Bra'a.mp4 

  • During the first week of March 2017, IOM delivered shelter and winter supplies to 1,112 vulnerable Afghan families who returned to Nangarhar province from Pakistan.During the first week of March 2017, IOM delivered shelter and winter supplies to 1,112 vulnerable Afghan families who returned to Nangarhar province from Pakistan.

    IOM Afghanistan_ Distributing Shelter and Winter Supplies - YouT 

  • Wahde is one of 300 Syrians who are starting up a small business in Turkey with the help of IOM’s unique in-kind grants project. 

The programme distributes professional toolkits to Syrians to provide a steady income, increasing their resilience and decreasing their dependence on humanitarian aid.Wahde is one of 300 Syrians who are starting up a small business in Turkey with the help of IOM’s unique in-kind grants project. 

The programme distributes professional toolkits to Syrians to provide a steady income, increasing their resilience and decreasing their dependence on humanitarian aid.

    Wahda - a Syrian entrepreneur in Turkey - YouTube.mp4 



 

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