In early June 2016, IOM Libya received a call from Michael, a Nigerian national who told IOM that his brother John was being held at a detention centre in Libya.
It is the night of November 7, 2013. The winds are howling deafeningly against the windows. The lights are flickering. Phone screens are lit, with everyone monitoring the latest developments on Typhoon Haiyan.
Boutros is a refugee: he left Syria three years ago after his village was attacked. He paid over USD 5,000 to smugglers and it took him more than two years to get to Europe. The most precious thing he carried with him was his smartphone.
New York – IOM Director General Swing and Joseph M. McShane, S.J. president of Fordham University, on 27 September, signed a memorandum of understanding linking the two institutions closer together.
Thirty-two-year-old Diini Abdi Yusuf travelled 1,541 kilometres because he needed an income. It was a decision, he says, he wishes he had never made.