Central African Republic - Widespread violence since October 7th has led to a renewed displacement of vulnerable people in and around Bangui, the capital of the Central Africa Republic (CAR), according to IOM.
Preliminary analysis of data provided by IOM’s displacement tracking matrix (DTM) suggests that the new displacement has increased the total number of displaced people in and around Bangui to over 64,300.
The latest movements included the arrival of some 4,300 more internally displaced people (IDPs) in the town of Bimbo, 25 kms southwest of Bangui, some of whom have come from IDP sites in other severely affected areas.
Despite positive return trends from IDP sites over recent weeks, even to areas classified as highly volatile, the renewed surge in inter-communal violence since Tuesday has prompted a significant number of people to seek safety in already established sites in public buildings, churches, seminars, schools and hospitals.
Much of the newly displaced population originates from Bangui’s 3rd and 5th districts, with additional displacement taking place in and around Bimbo. Read more
Tanzania - IOM’s African Capacity Building Centre in Tanzania this week celebrated five years in operation. Since 2009 it has trained some 3,500 border officials from 47 countries in border management and migration.
But the work of ACBC is not only aimed at improving the migration capacity of African states. Ultimately it is migrants themselves that should reap the benefits of enhanced and effective systems of migration management, according to IOM Tanzania Chief of Mission Damien Thuriaux.
For example, when the ACBC conducted an assessment of the border resident card regime along the Angola-Namibia border in 2013, multi-stakeholder consultations included the views of Angolan migrants residing in border areas, who make frequent border crossings to meet their daily needs, he notes.
"The ACBC, which is hosted by the Tanzania Regional Training Academy (TRITA) in Moshi, will also diversify its training programme to include new subjects such as migration, environment and climate change, and migration and health," he added. Read more
Pakistan - When disasters strike, information can be as essential as physical aid. The first questions people need answering in an emergency are “How can I survive this, how can I protect my loved ones, and where can I get help?”
Getting this information to people in need, and listening to their concerns form the subject matter of a new publication released today by the International Organization for Migration and Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International.
In Communicating with Communities: A Case Study and Guide from Pakistan and Elsewhere authors Brian Kelly and Ariane Quentier highlight achievements, ongoing efforts and future plans, in improving information delivery to and communication with affected communities.
“This guide highlights the lack of critical information in emergency response and what needs to be done to ensure that affected populations, especially marginalized groups, can make informed decisions,” noted Brian Kelly, Senior Advisor in Emergencies and Post Conflict with IOM. Read more
United States - On Sunday, 5 October, a community in the US State of Ohio will put out the red carpet for a very special visitor. His name is Never. He was trafficked into the fishing industry in Ghana and later rescued and rehabilitated by IOM.
Never’s heart-wrenching, yet uplifting story will be part of a “Save a Child” event in which IOM and US-based partners will take part to raise awareness among residents of the City of Columbus, Ohio about the plight of trafficked children in Ghana.
Proceeds from the event will support the efforts of IOM and its US-based non-profit partner, the U.S. Association for International Migration (USAIM), and GlobalGrandparenting, a charity founded by two community members, Rosanne and Mark Rosen, who were inspired to support this cause.
The three organizations have been working together to raise USD 100,000 to fund a 2015 rescue of 20 trafficked children exploited by fishing “masters” in the remote Lake Volta region of Ghana.
“We hope this event will bring greater awareness to our community about the incredible challenges children are facing all over the world,” says Rosanne Rosen. “This is all about Never and the kids in Ghana; they keep us motivated to do more.” Read more
Chad - Ten months after the fighting erupted in the Central African Republic (CAR), thousands of Chadian returnees are still living in appalling conditions in transit and temporary sites in Chad. With the rainy season now in full swing, their situation is deteriorating.
As of 17 of September, IOM and partners registered more than 113,000 Chadians who fled the insecurity in CAR and who have entered Chad with air and road evacuations organized by the government of Chad, with IOM assistance or by their own means since the fighting broke up in CAR in December 2013.
While 30,000 of the returnees are hosted by friends and families in different parts of the country, at least 73,000 are still living in tents in transit and temporary sites. They are provided basic facilities by IOM and other humanitarian actors, such as temporary shelters, water and sanitation facilities, health centres, schools, children-friendly spaces, as well as vouchers for their food subsistence.
But, as the rainy season has set in, the rains have damaged and even destroyed some of the sites’ facilities, including the shelters. Read more