IOM has addressed a Sudan National Assembly hearing on migration and refugees at the invitation of the Assembly’s Committee on External Affairs and International Cooperation, in coordination with the Defense and Security, Justice and Legislation, and Human Rights Committees. The invitation, from Chairman of the National Assembly Professor Ibrahim Mohamed Omer, was the first of its kind since IOM opened an office in the country in 2000. Sudan became an IOM Member State in 1998.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has supported training of sixty men and forty women from Ganes, El Roseiris locality in Blue Nile State on how to conduct successful fishing trips in compliance with fishing regulations, as well as on how to pack fishery products. The first training, held from 17 to 22 February 2016, was delivered by the Fisheries Department of the State Ministry of Agriculture and will contribute to creating income generating opportunities in the fishing sector. Forty women from Shanisha also received training from 21 to 29 February 2016 on food processing skills, including making salted fish, smoked fish as well as preservation and packing techniques.
Some 215 trainees, including 100 young men and 115 young women, have graduated from a 5-week IOM-sponsored program at Sudan’s El Fasher Technical Schools for Boys and Girls in North Darfur. The young men graduated in plumbing, welding, construction and automechanics and the young women in tailoring, handicrafts, food processing and computer skills. Participants received start-up kits that will enable them to apply their skills in the local labour market.
IOM has helped a group of 42 stranded, vulnerable Nigerian migrants, including 31 women and 19 children, to voluntarily return home to Nigeria. They flew to Kano International Airport from Khartoum. The operation was part of the project “Enhancing Protection and Improving Knowledge on the Risks of Irregular Migration in Sudan”, which was launched in December 2014 and has established a Migrant Resource and Response Centre (MRRC) in Khartoum.
IOM Sudan officially handed over the Zamzam Women’s Center to the Ministry of Social Welfare and local communities in North Darfur. Established in 2015 in the Zamzam Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, the center is a training venue to enhance income generating activities for vulnerable women and female-headed households. Generously funded by the Government of Japan under the project “Responding to needs of newly displaced IDPs and breaking the cycle of dependency of IDPs in Darfur, Sudan”.
Voices from Sudan
"All the children are well and play like the way they used to do before they fell sick." Thanks to USAID/OFDA, the Rapid Response Fund (RRF) managed by IOM, provides emergency health assistance in West Darfur State.
Zakia is 18, She is the only one to earn income in the household. “Through the Women’s Center in Zamzam fully operating, I will be able to sell my products directly and will gain for all the profit”.
Juumia and her four children were among a group of Nigerians referred to IOM by their embassy in Khartoum for assisted return. After 9 months hand to mouth survival, she was referred for assistance in returning back to Nigeria.
Issues in focus
The Rapid Response Fund (RRF) is a funding mechanism supported by USAID/OFDA to provide swift response to emerging critical needs of vulnerable, newly displaced people.
The newly opened Migrant Resource and Response Center (MRRC) in Khartoum on the 15th of December, first of its kind in Sudan, provides migrants with medical assistance, counselling, information on the risks of irregular migration, and facilitates assisted voluntary return and reintegration to countries of origin.
The Conflict that erupted in South Sudan in Decemeber 2013 has contintued throughtout 2015, forcing 198,707 (UNHCR) South Sudanese to flee into Sudan, both increasing the vulnerable mobile population and further straining existing resources.
Having an accurate and timely source of displacement data not only ensures that urgent assistance finds its way to IDPs and affected populations in need, it also informs the strategic allocation of limited resources. In Sudan, the strength of DTM is in its ability to verify new displaced populations within the context of a protracted crisis. In particular, biometric verification of IDPs provides stakeholders with updated information about a camp or site populations and their vulnerabilities as well as identification of new vs. old caseloads.