Since early 2015, Boko Haram-related violence and military action have resulted in significant displacement in the Lack Chad Basin as Chadian citizens and Nigerian refugees seek safety.
Contemporary patterns and processes of forced displacement do not easily lend themselves to resolution through the three classic durable solutions of return, local integration or resettlement (or relocation for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)).
When I was a young boy, I yearned to leave Somalia. I wanted to travel wherever my feet could carry me, in search of a better life. Eventually, I attempted to travel to Europe through Libya. I was arrested in Libya, and sent back to Somalia. I tried to leave Somalia once again. This time, I wanted to travel to Saudi Arabia through Yemen. When I got to Yemen, I ran out money. I thought I would only stay in the country for a few days, but I ended up staying for much longer. In fact, I made Yemen my home for six years. And now, my feet have carried me back home to Somalia.
I lived with my family in Al Mukalla, Yemen for close to 10 years. We had a blessed life together. When the war broke out, we thought it would pass.
It has been almost 2 years since Somali refugees in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, one of the world largest refugee camps, started returning to Somalia. With support from various donors (Japan, France, UNHCR, etc), IOM and its partners, in close collaboration with the government, have so far assisted over 33,000 returnees at the way stations at the Kenya-Somalia border as well as in the areas of return, mostly in the southern part of Somalia.