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  • On 4th August 2020, a large explosion occurred at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, injuring more than 5,000 individuals and causing over 150 deaths. The humanitarian impact of this explosion, which occurred amid an economic crisis and the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, is multi-layered, demanding and urgent. IOM is mobilizing to respond to the urgent needs of the affected population and is continuing to work with partners to support the people of Lebanon.

  • Home to 7.2 million people as well as over 800 spoken languages, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a country that ranges greatly in traditions, lifestyles, agriculture, transportation, and local markets. One of the country’s strongest traits is that of tradition and the knowledge and values that is passed down from generation to generation. Over the centuries, humans have been faced with various types of hazards, most of which turned into disasters. For many living in the Pacific nation, disasters are simply a fact of life in both natural and man-made varieties. Additionally, PNG ranks in among the top 6 nations worldwide with having the highest percentage of its population exposed to a multitude of hazards. To make matters worse, large swaths of the…

  • A collection of humanitarian activities by IOM colleagues around the world responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Category Five Hurricane Dorian was the worst disaster to ever hit landfall in the Bahamas. The storm struck in August 2019 and affected more than 70,000 people. As residents of the hurricane-struck island of Abaco begin to return and rebuild their homes, IOM is working with the government and partners to help remove debris, assess and track the needs of affected populations and search for dignified housing solutions for the displaced.

  • On 23 March 2019, a joint monitoring mission led by the Ministry of Interior of Jubaland State Government with participants from various line ministries and MOIFAR was conducted in Kismayo to monitor three Midnimo projects (2 schools and 1 market shed). The monitoring team first visited Gulwade Primary and Secondary School where five latrines as well as three rooms were constructed in December 2017 used as common facility: an examiner›s room, kitchen, and storage. The team also visited Aqoon Bile Primary School, which was constructed in February 2018 and opened in March 2018. Prior to the construction of this school, Aqoon School had two campuses in different locations. One was right outside the school which was comprised of two structures…

  • IOM's Response to Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela

  • The humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is fuelled by multiple armed conflicts that have displaced more than 4.8 million people across the country. Nearly 13 million people are in in need of humanitarian assistance. The population also suffers from the world’s second largest food crisis, after Yemen, with 13 million people classified as food insecure.

  • Ebola Response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa travel through Djibouti on their way towards Yemen, usually hoping to reach Saudi Arabia.

  • South Sudan Shelter and Non-Food Items (S-NFI) Cluster partners International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH), together with IOM Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programming worked hand in hand during a joint distribution of S-NFI and WASH materials in Pieri payam, Uror County in Jonglei State, South Sudan. The response was conducted from 14 – 21 September 2018 and reached a total of 500 households from five bomas within Pieri. Both S-NFI and WASH items were distributed including blanket, mosquito net, sleeping mat and kanga for S-NFIs; and bucket with tap, bucket without tap, collapsible jerry can, soap, and hygiene kit for WASH items. The distribution ran for two days dedicating the first day to…

  • From April-June 2018, some 970,000 people were internally displaced in Ethiopia's Gedeo Zone (SNNPR Region) and West Guji (Oromia Region) due to inter-communal conflict.

  • Locals and IDPs in Pulka enjoy a brief but much needed spell of rain at the tail end of the harmatan season. IDPs here in Bakassi and Pulka come from surrounding villages razed by Boko Haram.

  • IOM S/NFI team, in coordination with CCCM and WaSH, implemented a comprehensive rehabilitation of Wau PoC site with the objective of enhancing the site with more equitable access to services, balanced dispersion of IDPs, and reduce congestion of makeshift shelters. Shelter designs were adapted considering specific situations and space availability. IOM S/NFI team has given special attention to ensure structural quality and to prolong life span of shelters. A total of 622 communal shelters were constructed benefiting of 35,303 individuals in Wau PoC Site.

  • The ongoing crisis in South Sudan is in its fifth year with no clear signs of abating, resulting in protracted or multiple displacement with communities receiving aid several times. Thus, IOM explored other modalities of assistance beyond in-kind interventions. As a response modality, a resilience-based approach centered on community participation through CBI was implemented in 2017. As part of this, the installation of shelter upgrades project was implemented in Wau Protection of Civilians (PoC) site involving the community, including local traders, following with gender-responsive skills training and using locally available sources. A total of 800 communal shelters were upgraded by beneficiaries and benefitted 22,579 individuals

  • The ongoing crisis in South Sudan is in its fifth year with no clear signs of abating, resulting in protracted or multiple displacement with communities receiving aid several times. Thus, IOM explored other modalities of assistance beyond in-kind interventions. As a response modality, a resilience-based approach cantered on community participation through CBI was implemented in 2017. As part of this, the construction of Fuel-Efficient Stoves (FES) project was implemented in Bentiu Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in South Sudan involving the community, including local traders, following with gender-responsive skills training and using locally available sources. A total of 11,180 stoves were constructed by beneficiaries and benefitted 100,620…

  • IOM Global Solar Lantern Initiative

  • After months of devastating conflict, Marawi’s displaced families finally return home.

  • Stories and Dreams of Conflict-displaced Children

  • On 1 December, a group of 16 Rohingya refugees met with Pope Francis in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. IOM, the UN Migration Agency worked with community leaders in the refugee settlements to identify a group to represent the Rohingya in the meeting with the pontiff. Caritas, a confederation of Catholic relief organizations, organized the group’s travel to Dhaka, as well as, their meeting with the Pope.

  • Healthcare response for Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, following the continuing influx of refugees following extreme violence that broke out in Myanmar's Northern Rakhine State on 25 August 2017. Locations: Kutupalong Primary Healthcare Clinic, Kutupalong Community Healthcare Clinic, Ukhiya Health Complex, Leda Healthcare Clinic. Verbal consent was given by the people in these photos.

  • Construction of an arrival centre for Rohingya refugees in Balukhali settlement, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. An outbreak of violence on 25 August in Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, forced over 600,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh.

  • Half of the displaced Iraqis at Haj and Qayara emergency sites are under the age of 17. They did not have enough recreational spaces to release stress and frustration caused by displacement. Thanks to our US-based partner, IOM Iraq was able to construct playgrounds at both sites that include football and volleyball pitches. At the inauguration on 10 September 2017, little girls played obstacle races while boys played football.

  • Vulnerable members of three host communities,namely Itang, Bonga and Jewi, in Gambella Region were provided with transitional shelter and livelihood assistance.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The military crisis may be over in Mosul city, but the humanitarian calamity continues. To help people return, the city needs tremendous humanitarian assistance. Massive destruction meets the eye across West Mosul

  • Hammam Al-Alil Transition Zone, south east of Mosul city, became a major hub for displaced Iraqis from Mosul as the Iraqi forces pushed deeper into West Mosul. IDPs would be brought here by buses where they went through screening and receiving primary assistance such as health care support, food and water. They would then be transported in buses toother areas around the city that could shelter them, be it a camp, and emergency site, or other safe areas in the liberated East Mosul where the IDPs had relatives that could take them in.

  • The heavy rains that began in January 2017 have caused severe flooding in communities and urban areas across Peru with several locations devastated by mudslides and falling rocks. This has left 124,000 people affected and 97 fatalities to date, according to the Government.

  • Turkey is home to one of the largest refugee populations in the world with over 2.5 million. Many of these refugees are Syrian who have fled the ongoing war. As they try to rebuild their lives, IOM continues to provide multi-sector assistance to refugees throughout the country to meet their various needs.

  • During the first six months of 2016, only 7,804 registered Afghans returned and 33,892 undocumented Afghans spontaneously returned or were deported. This trend was reversed following Eid celebrations in late June and again in mid- September, when the return of registered refugees and undocumented Afghans skyrocketed: in July, August and September, over 160,000 registered Afghan refugees and more than 110,000 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan. IOM is the lead agency providing post-arrival humanitarian assistance to undocumented Afghan returnees and is reaching an average of 20% of returnees each week at the Torkham border in Nangahar.

  • IOM activities and operations within Maiduguri, Nigeria

  • A collection of portraits of migrants from everywhere IOM works to help make migration humane.

  • Diffa: the collateral effects of Boko Haram

  • Since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador’s coast on 16 April 2016, it is estimated that thousands of people are in need of humanitarian aid. As of 28 April, 659 deaths and at least 4,605 injured have been reported as a result of the disaster. Individuals have sought refuge in temporary shelters, whilst an unknown number reside in spontaneous sites and within host communities.

  • British photographer Ben Robinson visited Zhytomyr with IOM’s team to meet the IDPs and tell the world their story. Here are the results of this project.

  • The “New Jungle”, a migrant settlement in the port city of Calais, France. August, 2015

  • Syrian refugees crossing the Serbian-Croatian border.

  • Migrants in transition camps at the Greek border with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

  • Migrants and refugees in the Greek island of Lesbos.

  • 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. Its residents gather together to dance, play games, drink and eat. Some make bonfires and chat outside, others play football, and traditional music floats in the air.

  • A collection of Images centered on migrant arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region.

  • IOM is continuing to support the Malian Government in responding to the emergency caused by floods that hit the capital Bamako on the 28th of August. It is reported that the floods left 37 dead and affected some 2,133 families or 20,000 people. As part of the response, IOM has already handed over 500 non-food (NFI) relief kits containing sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and kitchen supplies to the Malian Government to help the worst affected families.

  • The response to a severe drought in the Marshall Islands is entering its second phase, as initial deliveries of emergency food supplies, principally funded by USAID. IOM’s rapidly-established air and sea bridges have delivered an estimated 45 metric tons (100,000 pounds) of food to 677 households on islands over 400 miles (640 km) from Majuro, one of the farthest-flung capitals on the planet.

  • IOM continues to give a variety of assistance to South Sudanese returnees