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.

Friends with Benefits? Migrants on the Move


By Joe Lowry

Most people understand the need to screen for TB when people are on the move: it ensures they are healthy to travel, that they will not carry disease with them and that they will be able to work when they get to their destination countries. But here's the thing: IOM also sets out to ensure the health rights of migrants, which means providing health services for people at all stages of the migration cycles.

When Migrants are Seen as a Blessing not a Scourge

By Leonard Doyle

Lets face it, "migration is the original strategy for people seeking to escape poverty, mitigate risk, and build a better life. It has been with us since the dawn of mankind, and its economic impact today is massive."

That these words were published on the eve of St Patrick's Day, by an Irishman - a country with a long track record in migration - is not a surprise. Sutherland's words resonate in today's globalised world because migrants’ remittances are literally pulling the economies of countries of origin up by their bootstraps.

The Scoop! (on gender) in Emergencies

By Ray Leyesa

NATURAL disasters are often big news that create international headlines and bring in their wake the traveling media in all its crazy-quilt diversity. The limelight goes of course to the blow-dried anchormen and women of the networks with their retinues of fixers, producers, drivers and of course security folks.