(2014/9/2) IOM, 방기(Bangui)시 평화 구축 위한 메가 콘서트 지원

Central African Republic - As part of its effort to promote social cohesion in the Central African Republic (CAR), IOM’s Community Stabilization project supported the “Compagnie Artistique Assoungba Système” to organize a “mega-concert” including traditional dancers, comedians, and musicians in Bangui’s fifth district.

Between 500 and 700 people attended the “mega-concert” on August 30, held at a local community centre known as “CPJ”. IOM provided technical support with funding from the European Union.

Six groups performed, including Central African comedian Dr. Mandjeke and the Zeke ti be Africa dance group, among the most renowned performers in the country. Also, children aged 8-12 from the fifth district performed a song promoting peace that they had written in an artistic workshop funded by IOM’s Community Stabilization project.

The “mega-concert” was advertised through posters along the roads of the fifth district. Community mobilizers also drove through local neighbourhoods promoting the event with megaphones. According to organizers, the objective of the “mega-concert” was to promote peace and social cohesion among the population of the fifth district. The message offered by theatre sketches was that everyone is equal no matter the differences in their appearances.

Prudence, a resident of Miskine in the fifth district, learned of the concert through promotions in her neighbourhood. The community mobilizers said: “Today we are going to assemble to show that we want peace.”

Prudence added: “I came to the concert today because I want peace in my country. There are people here today from all different neighbourhoods, including PK12. Even people who are not attending are passing by and are hearing the messages of the event.”

The “mega-concert” is one of a series of events that IOM’s EU-funded Community Stabilization Unit is running in the third and fifth districts to encourage residents to come together as a community and offer a space for social interaction and dialogue. IOM works directly with grassroots organizations who decide on community initiatives and submit proposals for funding.

“This is a very difficult moment in CAR. Artists must use their voices to show people that we should have peace,” said Eric Makanda, a comedian and general secretary of the Fédération Centrafricaine de Thêatre.  “We are the voice of the population and they listen to us. By organizing this concert, we aim to sensitize the population and promote social cohesion. Our art is our weapon.”

For more information please contact

Anne Schaefer
Email: aschaefer@iom.int
Tel. +236 7218 7635


Giovanni Cassani
Email: gcassani@iom.int
Tel. +236 7218 7639

Posted on Tue, Sep-02-2014

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(2014/9/2) IOM, 우간다에서 이민관료 대상으로 국경관리 교육

Posted on Tue, Sep-02-2014

Uganda - In cooperation with the African Capacity Building Centre (ACBC), IOM recently carried out a study visit for 15 Immigration Officers from Uganda to the ACBC center in Moshi, Tanzania, to deliver a series of three training sessions to Immigration officers from Uganda’s Directorate for Citizenship and Immigration Control.

The training was conducted under the “Strengthening Border Management in Uganda” (IBM) project implemented by IOM Uganda in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uganda and funded by the Government of Japan. The main objective of the IBM project is to assist the Government of Uganda in enhancing its performance of border controls through investments in infrastructure and training. The IBM project shall refurbish and equip four border crossing points at the border with South Sudan (Afoji), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Goli and Bunagana) and Rwanda (Kyanika) with the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) IT system developed by IOM.

The first training on the utilization of the Migration Information and Data Analysis System was successfully conducted on 26th–28th of August. Participants were divided into two groups for the additional training that are currently taking place in passport examination and document forgery training.

MIDAS already has been installed in 16 countries in Africa, allowing for the electronic capture of travelers’ data and the creation of central databases. MIDAS also provides data for the creation of “alert lists” to strengthen border security and prevent irregular and illegal crossings over the border. MIDAS allows interconnectivity with the INTERPOL database. To date, this has been done in Tanzania, Djibouti and Belize.

For more information, please contact

Anna Tapia
IOM Uganda
Email: atapia@iom.int
Tel: +256(0) 772 709 918

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(2014/8/29) 이라크 무력사태로 160만 명의 이재민 발생

Iraq - Over 1.6 million people have been internally displaced in 1,577 locations across Iraq since the beginning of the year following unrest in Anbar and Ninewa governorates, according to IOM’s latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).

The August 28th DTM shows that a total of 850,858 people have been displaced since the fighting broke out in the northern part of the country in August. Most of the displaced have found refuge in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and in the adjacent districts of Ninewa and Diyala.

“Such overwhelming numbers point to a longer-term crisis – one that may find many more in need of critical lifesaving assistance, especially as many fleeing into the KRI have already been on the move for weeks and months,” said IOM Emergency Coordinator in Iraq Brian Kelly.

IOM’s DTM is a sophisticated information management tool that tracks the locations, needs, and vulnerabilities of IDPs throughout the country to inform the actions of whole humanitarian community.

According to Kelly: “The current crisis in Iraq is unparalleled. We are witnessing people who had livelihoods, families and relatively stable lives arriving exhausted physically, financially and emotionally. Everyone is living in a state of acute anxiety about what will come next, as many are unable to return home.”

In the KRI, uprooted Iraqis have settled temporarily in towns like Khanke, Shariya, Zahko, Shekhan and in and around Dahok City.

Families told IOM of their long journey from Mosul to Sinjar City, then to the Sinjar Mountains, across Syria and back into Iraq via the Feshkapour border crossing, finally landing in various locations across the Dahok Governorate. Most now live in schools, churches, mosques, parks and in unfinished apartment buildings with no water or electricity.

IOM has distributed 200 substantial family non-food item (NFI) kits – including kerosene cooking stoves, large water coolers, kitchen sets, floor mats, mattresses, bedding and towels, laundry soap and toiletry items – to displaced families from Mosul City, Ninewa and Sinjar, who have settled in the Mangesh district of Dahok Governorate.

For former teacher Abdullah, who has already been displaced four times with his six children, this help came at the right time. “We had no way to cook and had been sleeping on concrete for weeks,” he said.

“Most of the internally displaced (IDPs) had to walk for several days to reach safety. Many of their loved ones were killed or abducted by Islamic State (IS) forces. Groups of people were reportedly forced by IS to jump off mountain cliffs, while others were taken away to an uncertain fate,” noted Brian Kelly.

“A lot of people will need also psychosocial help over the coming weeks to cope with what they have witnessed,” added IOM Chief of Mission in Iraq Thomas Weiss.

Displaced Iraqis in Mangesh include Yezidi, Christian and Muslim groups. They were all displaced from Mosul City, Sinjar City and surrounding areas.

In response to the crisis, to date IOM has distributed 23,377 NFI kits, 16,685 food parcels on behalf of the WFP, 2,050 women’s dignity kits on behalf of the UNFPA, and 1,513 hygiene kits on behalf of UNICEF. IOM has also provided transport to 17,242 internally displaced persons since 4th August.

It plans to distribute some 60,000 NFI kits and 10,000 tents, while also addressing health and mental health needs among the IDPs through mobile health clinics and by supporting existing local health infrastructure.

IOM donors include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the USA, Japan, Sweden, Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the European Union (ECHO) and UN agencies.

The DTM report is available online at: http://iomiraq.net/dtm-page.

For more information, please contact
Susan Megy
IOM Iraq
Email: smegy@iom.int
Tel. +964 750 0166 072

Posted on Fri, Aug-29-2014

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(2014/8/29) 리비아 내 불안정한 치안으로 지중해 보트피플 더욱 늘어날듯

Libya - IOM is concerned that the number of migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya by sea could increase in the coming weeks, as more people decide to opt for the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to escape ongoing fighting in the Libyan capital.

For the last six weeks, Tripoli has seen fighting between rival militias, including indiscriminate shelling of the main airport and surrounding areas. The increasing use of heavy artillery and missiles have caused an unknown number of casualties, many of them civilians.

The Libyan capital lacks petrol, diesel, electricity and gas, and the price of basic commodities is skyrocketing. Insecurity is preventing movement in the western part of the city and on roads to the Tunisian border, which many Libyans and foreign nationals are trying to reach. There are checkpoints along the main roads.

Insecurity is also preventing IOM’s 25 staff in Tripoli from moving freely.  Many frequently have to work from home.

The Libyan authorities report that some 50,000 people have been forced to leave their homes and to move on safer areas in and around Tripoli. Many displaced families are living with local communities or in shelters provided by the Libyan Red Crescent.

Their most pressing needs include medicine, food and hygiene kits. If the situation continues to deteriorate, they will also need shelter, cooking utensils and sanitation facilities, according to IOM Tripoli staff.

IOM psychosocial experts have also highlighted the need for psychosocial support and protection for vulnerable groups, including children and migrants. Trainers are working with the Libyan NGOs and local councils to provide an intensive 6-day training course for some 40 frontline social workers helping displaced people and migrants.

Displaced migrants trapped in Tripoli have been particularly hard hit. Last Friday (22/8), ten Sudanese were killed when a stray missile destroyed a house in Tripoli’s Karmiya district. An estimated 15,000 Sudanese live in the district and the Sunday market area, which are under siege.

The situation of migrants in detention centers is also deteriorating. There are 18 detention centers for migrants, normally hosting between 4,000 to 6,000 people.  Most of the centers are operational, but are experiencing shortages of calor gas for cooking, water and food. Some have released migrants, as they can no longer afford to provide adequate food and sanitation.

IOM staff  have also identified some 2,000 Pakistanis who have found refuge in a school in central Tripoli. “The place is overcrowded and everyone is anxious to be repatriated. But in the meantime, they urgently need food and medical care,” says IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi.

IOM and the Libyan Red Crescent is working to improve sanitation at the site and arranging the delivery of food, water and hygiene kits.

IOM is also working with the Ethiopian Embassy in Cairo to provide travel documents and help a number of Ethiopian women detained at the Surman detention center for women to return home.

It has also received requests from Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam to help their citizens to leave Libya.

For more information please contact
Othman Belbeisi
IOM Libya
Email: obelbeisi@iom.int

Posted on Fri, Aug-29-2014

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(2014/8/29) IOM, 중앙아프리카공화국 내 이재민 귀환 돕는 중

Central African Republic - In Bangui’s Third District a community association “Tournons la Page” (“Turn the Page”) is helping people displaced by the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis to return to their homes, supported by a pilot initiative of IOM’s EU-funded Community Stabilization Unit.

“Turn the Page” is working with IOM to provide cleaning and tool kits to displaced people who want to return to their homes in the Third District.  The kits include shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes, cleaning and disinfectant products, carpentry equipment, and tools to trim overgrowth.

By receiving the kits, displaced people commit to returning home. Fifty kits are available each week. After one week people are expected to return them to the association in order to allow them to be given to other returnees.

The Third District was the site of some of the most intense violence in the CAR crisis. The situation has since improved, but continues to be unstable, as demonstrated by the widespread violence of August 20th, 2014. Hundreds of houses in the area have been damaged and many homes have been deserted for several months.

The most recent IOM return intention survey in July found that 50 per cent of displaced people stated that “destruction of their homes” was the main reason for their displacement. Some 68 per cent cited “lack of means” as the primary reason preventing them from leaving displacement sites.

Now in its second week, the programme has assisted 47 households to rehabilitate their houses in order to be able to return home. In total, the project aims to assist more than 200 households to clean and rehabilitate their homes.

“Turn the Page” also organizes communal street cleaning twice a week to encourage returned families to engage with their neighbours, and coordinates group transport from displacement sites back to homes in the Third District.

Recently, there has been a gradual return from displacement sites to homes in the Third District. Residents hope that support from IOM and “Turn the Page” will accelerate the process.

The president of “Turn the Page” Mansour Mangui said: “The process is going very well. We work together with all communities. The majority of displaced people from the Third District are at the Ledger [Mpoko airport displacement site]. Our dream is to be finished with the Ledger and end the conflict so we can live together in peace. IOM helped us with the return kits. Through these activities everyone can to return to the Third District in security to work on their houses. Our work motivates other people to come home.”

The two-month pilot initiative will continue through mid-October. IOM provides funding and technical advice for the community cleaning projects. The initiative is IOM’s first effort to facilitate durable return solutions for continuously displaced populations. IOM is actively seeking funding support for projects related to return solutions.

IOM’s EU-funded Community Stabilization Unit project “Support to early recovery and community stabilization for communities at risk in Bangui” supports social cohesion and peaceful cohabitation among communities through economic revitalization, infrastructure rehabilitation, and grassroots events to promote reconciliation. The project is focused on Bangui’s Third and Fifth Districts.

For more information please contact
Anne Schaefer, IOM CAR
Email: aschaefer@iom.int
Tel. +236 7218 7635


Giuseppe Loprete
Email: gloprete@iom.int
Tel. +236 7218 7639

Posted on Fri, Aug-29-2014

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