PETER NZABANITA is the national Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist at IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in Uganda. A father of a boy and two little girls, Peter has had to get used to leaving his family behind while he oversees work in Uganda’s refugee settlements hundreds of kilometres away. Yet despite the field pressures and traumas, this engineer finds much more satisfying to put smiles on refugees’ faces than to work in more stable development contexts.
The buses left Algiers almost a day ago. Although the buses are comfortable, it has been a long day on the road for everyone.
It is late June, and the convoy has arrived in Ghardaïa, northern-central Algeria – the door to the desert. As a member of an official delegation, I have come to visit and collect information about the transit facility in Ghardaïa, and the services provided to the migrants headed south. There is media attention on this official visit.
Following a tragic week, during which at least 148 migrants lost their lives in two separate sea incidents off the coasts of Tunisia and Yemen, IOM Deputy Director General Ambassador Laura Thompson participated in the public debate “Migration, from Global to Local” where she discussed the challenges of managing one of the most important phenomena of our times: migration.
Migrants are often among the groups most affected by natural hazards and armed conflicts. Language barriers, limited social networks and isolation are some of the factors that may limit migrants’ ability to ensure their own safety and well-being.
Despite these challenges, migrants frequently fall through the cracks of national and international emergency efforts.
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