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Migrants Falling Victim to Smuggler Abuses Off the Coast of Yemen

“They told us to jump. Some people shouted and begged the smugglers to take us closer, but they refused and started beating people with sticks. They had AK47s, so everyone was afraid to argue, and people started jumping into the sea. Unfortunately, very few survived. I remember some were very young and did not know how to swim.” - Abdirahim Ilmi Aano, a Somali migrant

Rachel Sanchez
Rachel Sanchez is the Operations Assistant at USAIM. She is a recent graduate of Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program, where her research focused on the nexus between human rights and security in the context of international migration.
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The Women Who Guard Afghanistan and Tajikistan’s Borders

With growing insecurity in northern Afghanistan, women have been playing a greater role in securing the border with Tajikistan. For years, only male border guards were trained to detect threats posed by narcotics and human traffickers. But in 2014 this changed when the UN Migration Agency, IOM, delivered its first joint training course for a dozen Tajik and Afghan female border guards. 

Hajer Naili
Hajer Naili is a Journalist and the Communications and Social Media Coordinator at IOM Washington, D.C. She previously worked as a web-reporter/photojournalist for the New-York based publication Women's eNews and was a freelancer for Al Jazeera Plus.
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Providing Migrant Children An Identity Is Providing Them With Equal Opportunities

In Thailand, statelessness continues to be an issue of concern for thousands of children born to migrant parents. Without birth registration and identification, these children have little chance to access basic services such  as education and healthcare. To address the issue, the UN Migration Agency, IOM, in partnership with a general hospital has established a special clinic to ensure the birth registration of all children. 

Hajer Naili
Hajer Naili is a Journalist and the Communications and Social Media Coordinator at IOM Washington, D.C. She previously worked as a web-reporter/photojournalist for the New-York based publication Women's eNews and was a freelancer for Al Jazeera Plus.

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