Bringing Clean, Safe Water Supply to Abu Dam, Sudan

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 17:28

By Amani Osman

King Jaer is the royal tribal leader of Abu Dam village, located in Um Baru locality in North Darfur. King Jaer is 51 years, with 10 children, 3 girls and 7 boys. He tells us how he gained his title through family lineage; his ancestors before him were part of the Royal family in Abu Dam village in Um Baru locality for the last 200 years.

“I am the King of Abu Dam. Once my great grandfather was the original King of our village. Now the responsibility is mine, and one day, it will be my son’s”. He goes on to tell us that the most important part of being a leader is ensuring the peace and safety of his people, particularly as they live in areas that are constantly prone to armed conict outbreaks.

Dollars and Sense: The Financial Case for Keeping Migrants Healthy

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:10

As a major regional meeting on migration health opens in the Thai capital today, Reuben Lim reports on the challenges migrants face in accessing healthcare in Asia and the efforts made to include them in national health systems.  

By Reuben Lim

Sixteen year old Sirichai Danwattana twiddles his thumbs as he and his mother wait outside the doctor’s office at IOM Thailand’s Migrant Health Assessment Centre (MHAC) in Bangkok. They travelled all the way down from the northeastern province of Udon Thani a day before and have just gone for his chest x-ray. They hope that the doctor will certify him as tuberculosis-free so that he would be eligible to apply for settlement in the United Kingdom.

The Hidden Faces of Calais

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 17:22

By Amanda Nero

The residents of the ‘New Jungle’ are exposed daily to the world by the media. Journalists with imposing camera equipment scuttle around trying to capture the life and people of this migrant settlement located 7 kilometres from the port city of Calais, France.

Most of the migrants living in this makeshift camp fear the photographers’ lenses for different reasons. Some dread that their family members and friends might suffer retaliation in their home country if certain people find out their whereabouts; others want to hide from their families their current poor living conditions in the ‘New Jungle.’ Some feel compelled to lie to their relatives, telling them that they are staying at good hotels, for instance.

This short series of photos shares the stories of some of these hidden faces of Calais.

Rescued from a Sea of Sorrow

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:00

“I was told I could make a lot of money working on a ship and that my family was going to be paid an advance of my salary even before I started working.” Muang Muang, Myanmar

He told me I will be working in Thailand on board a vessel for six months or maybe a year. I thought why not? I am young, strong, willing to work to support my family, want to see the world, broaden my horizons, and become someone with means; someone who made it in my village!” Vuthy, Cambodia

Calais & the UK: A Balanced, Unified Approach is Necessary to Save Lives, Respect Human Dignity & Manage Migration

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:56

August 17, 2015 - The recent government reaction to the events in Calais has focused on strengthening border control as a primary response.  As many European states, including the UK, take this approach, the complex mixed migration flows and causes of human mobility have been lost in a heated debate characterised by increased security and threats to deport irregular migrants. The reality of what is unfolding across the continent highlights the need for Europe to collaboratively manage the situation in a long-term and rights-based framework, with the initial steps outlined by the European Commission’s European Agenda on Migration as a welcome start to the process.

Community Approach Reaping Significant Benefits in Burundi

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:20

Between 2013 and 2014 over 45,500 Burundian migrants (51% women, 49% men), who, had never regularized their stay in Tanzania, were deported by the Tanzanian authorities after enactment of a new immigration law. Because of the rapid expulsion of Burundian migrants from Tanzania to Burundi, many left without belongings or in some cases, without even their spouses.

Over 500 New Human Trafficking Victims Identified in Indonesia since Benjina ‘Slave Fisheries’ Exposed

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 15:41

By Paul Dillon

A year-long media investigation into the brutal treatment of men trafficked into virtual slavery aboard foreign fishing vessels operating in Indonesia generated stark international headlines:

  • Nearly 550 Modern-day Slaves Were Rescued From Indonesia’s Fish Trade. And That’s Just the Beginning
  • Your Seafood Might Come From Slaves
  • Hundreds Forced to Work as Slaves to Catch Seafood for Global Supply

Xiao Fang is Getting a Second Chance (Thanks to

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:00

"A successful example of the crowdfunding approach, Xiao’s case was fully funded in just 15 days by individuals from around the world."

“Twenty-three-year-old Xiao Fang is from West Kalimantan, in Indonesia. She was still a minor when she was first offered a job in a restaurant with promise of good wages in Java.  Instead she was tricked and forced to work as a domestic worker in Surabaya, East Java, ultimately enduring psychological and physical abuse for six years without being paid.”

Runners, Bikers Access Remote Areas of Nepal to Track Communities Displaced by Earthquakes and Landslides

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 14:25

By Paul Dillon

Ultra-marathoners Seth Wolpin and Sudeep Kandel relied on leg power and iron lungs to traverse a section of the famed Everest Mail Run; Theo Sinkovits thundered into the high country on his 350cc Royal Enfield motorcycle with a couple of pals.

Together with a small army of university teachers and students, they were helping IOM to assess exactly where survivors of the earthquakes that had rocked Nepal for the past three months have moved to, and what their immediate needs and future intentions are, as monsoon clouds settle over the Himalayan nation.

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