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IOM Partnerships in Indonesia Helping Victims of Trafficking

Victims of trafficking cannot usually afford legal assistance. In order to bring justice to Indonesian victims of trafficking, IOM associated with PERADI (Perhimpunan Advokat Indonesia – Indonesian Lawyers’ Association) and they are working together to provide legal assistance to victims. In the last ten years, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has assisted more than 6,000 victims of trafficking in Indonesia.


Have the first “climate refugees” just landed?

I live with someone whose country no longer exists. My wife was born in the Soviet Union, in what is now the Republic of Belarus. The culture she was brought up in as a child, the festivals, the education, the products, like the USSR itself, exist only in books, films and memories. But the land, the land is still there. The people still tell their stories, sing their songs, grow their crops, raise their families.


From shoreline to shelter

Itijah Subahan is glad to have left the sweltering heat of the makeshift dwelling where she and her family had been living for the past 11 months.  Displaced by the fighting that broke out in Zamboanga city between the separatist Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippine army one year ago, she and her husband, seven children and two grandchildren evacuated to a narrow stretch of shoreline, known as “Cawa-Cawa”.