We see them on the news nearly on a daily basis – refugees fleeing their homes, leaving everything behind in search of safety. But how many of us have really ever stopped to think what we would do if we were in their shoes? What tough decisions would we be forced to make if we were in their place?
An arc of instability from Afghanistan through the Middle East to West Africa is leading to unprecedented displacement and forced migration with a staggering 87.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
After Haiti’s earthquake in 2010, a story about IOM’s then novel idea of putting suggestion boxes in camps for displaced people made the front page of the New York Times, writes Nick van Praag of Ground Truth Solutions.
You have probably have seen one recently – at the airport, perhaps after the security check or at the local public service office and after pressing one, you have wondered ‘what next?’ Where does this information go, who does what with it and does anything happen after you press the button?
The nearly over two decades of conflict in Somalia destroyed infrastructure and social systems leading to shocks such as price fluctuations, poor rainfall, potential eruption of resourced-based conflicts and loss of valuable community assets and livelihood sources. Despite efforts and interventions by the international community to improve the situation, pastoral, agro-pastoral and agricultural communities continue to experience numerous challenges that have left thousands of people in need of assistance and support.