Reflections on the Sudanese Lost Boys

By Pindie Stephen

PICTURE the scene:  Representatives from  IOM, UNHCR, JVA (Church World Service) and the US  Embassy sitting around a conference table on the second floor of a relatively spacious two-story converted home which served as the offices for Church World Services at the time. Here we sparred; our team -- IOM Medical, Cultural Orientation, and Operations staff – and our partners in crime – all engaged in one of the regular resettlement coordination pow wows held every month in Nairobi.

On the Outside Looking In

MAPS are fascinating tools and when combined with news or video they can offer useful insight into migration. Everybody comes from somewhere after all and when people click on the diaspora map on IOM's home page, they inevitably want to know what's going on in their homeland. Where are migrants coming from and where are our emigrants heading?

Under the bridge

(Photo by Mikel Flamm)

By Joe Lowry

Doy Sen is 24 and has a permanent look of confusion etched upon his face. He left his native town of Tuanggoo, Myanmar ten years ago because of the conflict there. “I am not from a poor family”, he says, but now he is, indisputably, badly off. Three years ago he “settled” under his bridge on highway 1095, where he lives in a mosquito net, his clothes hanging on a line, his pots and plates his only real possessions. His nearest neighbours are two oxen.