Through a partnership between ICMC and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), ICMC deploys experts to UNHCR field offices globally. Fareed Accram, a refugee resettlement expert, was deployed to Melkadida, Ethiopia in 2015 where he interviewed refugees and referred them for resettlement to third countries. He recounts his perspective of living and working in this remote and difficult operation.
The sound of cutting paper, squishing paint and dropping pencils accompanies the laughter, singing and clapping of hands that echo through ICMC’s Child Friendly Space. Eleven-year-old Zaid’s voice can be heard above the buzz. “I’m going to give my story to my mum,” he says.
Mantalin Kyrou, Policy Associate at the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) delivered a statement yesterday during the 1st Thematic Discussion on the Global Compact for Refugees. The statement, entitled “Back to the future: Responsibilities we Share, Solutions we Know” welcomed the idea of multiple solutions, with multiple actors to build a Compact worthy of agreement and implementation.
The Civil Society Days of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD CSD) came to an end on Saturday 1st July, with a clear message from civil society delegates to governments and the world: we need to focus on the implementation of commitments.
Pulling her young daughter, Naya*, into her lap, Rima* gently weaves intricate plaits into the 3-year-old’s hair. Naya’s initial excitement is short lived, though; she soon loses patience and scrambles off, shaking her hair loose again. “She never sits still,” Rima laughs, resignedly.
ICMC social and aid worker, Dalia*, helps Syrian refugee women to speak their minds and overcome silence. Dalia first joined ICMC as a social worker in 2013 and now provides support to both men and women on subjects such as sexual- and gender-based violence, domestic violence and early marriage.
Perched among her combs, brushes, and scissors, Batoul* is surrounded by the evidence of her well-earned success. Amongst the many products, one would be forgiven for thinking this scene was not different from any other hair salon in the world. The difference, however, is that Batoul escaped from her home in Homs.