Julie's blog

Surviving to Tell the Tale

At 5:00 am on a windy weekend morning, 257 people went to sea onboard an old and unseaworthy boat from Janzour, 15 km west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. They were heading for the Italian island of Lampedusa on a smuggler's boat. Twelve hours later 21 of them were in a Libyan centre for irregular migrants, the rest were dead. Here, the stories of two of the survivors, including an unaccompanied minor, is told to IOM's Michele Bombassei.


Another 36 Trafficked Children Rescued by IOM and its Partners

Since 2002, IOM has rescued 684 children who had been trafficked to work with fishermen in Ghana, West Africa.

The children, trafficked for forced or bonded labour into fishing communities in Kete-Krachi and Yeji along the shores of Ghana's Lake Volta had been sold for little money by impoverished parents in the belief that the children would be adequately fed, educated and taught a useful trade.


Finding Home

Six months ago, when I agreed to travel to Nepal to work on a documentary about refugees from Bhutan, I truly had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I had recently escaped the imaginary shackles of life in Los Angeles and had entered into what I was optimistically referring to as a "state of listening."


Community Theatre and Radio Drama for Disaster Management

The district of Morrumbala, in the central province of Zambezia, and other regions of the Zambezi River Valley, including Manica, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia provinces are prone to severe flooding. Floods affected about 285,000 people in the region in January and February 2007, leaving 163,000  homeless and displacing many to resettlement centres.  Severe floods again hit Mozambique in late 2007 and early 2008, causing the displacement of about 76,000 people, most of them from the Zambezi River Valley.