Central African Republic - Following the outbreak of large-scale violence in early 2013, most schools throughout the Central African Republic (CAR) were closed. They have remained closed now for well over a year, but the Ministry of Education and the UNICEF-led education cluster plan to gradually reopen schools across the country starting next month.
IOM is actively supporting the return to school project through activities funded by the European Union (EU) as part of the project entitled: “Community stabilization and early recovery for at-risk communities in Bangui”. This project supports activities including cash-for-work schemes targeting the most vulnerable people across the capital.
IOM this week established work teams in the 1st and 2nd districts to clean classrooms and schoolyards of debris and overgrowth. The teams are also doing small-scale repairs, including fixing front gates, doors, roofs and guttering as needed and in coordination with the education-cluster actors.
The work teams consist of 50 people for each school, recruited in close coordination with local authorities. They include vulnerable people from each district with a special focus on people who either graduated or left the schools being reopened. Team members will work in 10-day rotations earning roughly USD 50 per rotation. Read more
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