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IOM Builds Shelters for Vulnerable Communities

Following the impact of the flooding in Myanmar caused by cyclone Komen, IOM Myanmar has been involved in building shelters, which are funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO). Rakhine State was one of the regions most severely affected by the floods. IOM engineer Naw Moe Thida Aung was in Rakhine State during the post-flood activities and she describes her experiences in building shelters in the village of Minbya.

Migration, Kidnap, Relief: Amina’s Story

Yemen - When her husband left her alone with four children, Amina decided to leave her home country of Nigeria to seek a better life for her family. Unfortunately, Amina and her children fell victim to one of the smuggling networks that operates between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Gulf. They were held captive for three months by a gang who tried to extort money from Amina’s family. Eventually, after a dramatic rescue, Amina and her children were referred to IOM Yemen’s Migrant Assistance and Protection team.

Intensive Rehabilitation Helps Quake Survivors

Nepal - “I was at home massaging my 4-old-month baby when the first earthquake hit. I remember the day quite vaguely. I remember that the wall of my house started to collapse and next thing I know I was on a bamboo stretcher and I can hear my baby was crying so hard. My husband told me that he had me and my baby rescued from the house and immediately built a makeshift stretcher then took us to the hospital on foot. It took us 5 hours to get to the closest hospital which is Dhulikhel hospital,” said Bimala Majhi, a 22-year-old mother of two daughters. 

Migration: Global Report on Journalism’s Biggest Test in 2015

An international report on media and the global migration and refugee crisis, issued to coincide with International Migrants Day on December 18th, says journalists often fail to tell the full story and routinely fall into propaganda traps laid by politicians. The report, Moving Stories, is published by the Ethical Journalism Network and reviews media coverage of migration in the European Union and in 14 countries across the globe.