Foreword from the Regional Director
Welcome to the August edition of the UN Migration Agency Bulletin for the East and Horn of Africa.
Like in many parts of the globe, migration continues to dominate debates in our region. On 6 August, IOM and its partners, launched a Regional Migrant Response Plan for the Horn of Africa and Yemen appealing to the international community for USD 45 million. It is the first of such plan to be launched ever.
Irregular migration from the Horn of Africa to the Gulf countries has been steadily increasing over the past few years, with approximately 100,000 people entering Yemen in 2017. The countries on this route are grappling with humanitarian challenges. In Yemen, for example, partners estimate that more than 22 million people need humanitarian assistance, while Somalia and Ethiopia are also in the grip of complex emergencies because of conflict and recurrent disasters.
Developed in coordination with regional and country-level non-governmental and intergovernmental partners, the plan details support to migrants on the move in the Horn of Africa and Yemen from 2018 to 2020. The plan targets some 81,000 people.
This issue also highlights the struggle of aid workers in South Sudan to provide humanitarian assistance, in extremely difficult and challenging conditions, to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. In Burundi, IOM provided emergency shelters and rental support to more than 1,000 flood-displaced households, while in Ethiopia, we continue to provide the much-needed humanitarian support to more than 900,000 displaced people in Gedeo and West Guji regions. In a bid to promote cohesion in Somalia, IOM in partnership with the Camp Coordination and Camp Management outreach team in Baidoa, Somalia, organized an environmental clean-up campaign bringing together nearly 13,000 internally displaced persons. Whilst in Uganda, some 87,000 people will benefit from water, sanitation and hygiene services, thanks to funding from the European Union's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department. 30th July marked World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which was commemorated by our missions in the United Republic of Tanzania and Kenya.
We appreciate and welcome continued cooperation from our partners and governments in the region.
IOM Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa