Following a “Walls come down!” rally at the famous Brandenburg Gate, where the Berlin wall was torn down after almost 30 years of keeping people apart, over 250 civil society leaders from around the world—a majority migrants, refugees or the children and grandchildren of migrants and refugees—met during the Civil Society Days of this year’s Global Forum on Migration and Development in Berlin, 28 June – 1 July 2017.
Pope Francis released the message announcing the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on 14 January 2018, under the title “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees”. The Pope called for a shared response to migration challenges, articulated by the four verbs, to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate.
On 18 September, ICMC Europe will present a scoping research paper on community-based private sponsorship during a one-day conference in Brussels, bringing together around 40 Christian organisations with the overall goal of working together towards a common understanding of, and involvement in, sponsorship of refugees.
Whilst several Western countries have been reluctant to increase their refugee intake beyond urgently needed levels, migrants and refugees continue to arrive on Greece’s shores, placing a major strain on the country’s reception facilities. Anastasia Daviou, from Athens, serves as an ICMC Associate Protection Expert in Kos island, with UNHCR Greece.
After valiant efforts from all involved, after many free kicks, missed shots and scored goals, more than one hundred Jordanian and Syrian boys stand in line for the pinnacle of the day, the awards ceremony. Medals and trophies for each team, regardless of outcome, mean everyone goes home a winner. ICMC and Right to Play Jordan partnered together to provide a week-long summer camp for youth, which included awareness raising sessions on key issues facing young people.
When Oriane, a Photography Facilitator at ICMC’s Protection Centre in Mafraq, Jordan, explains the benefits of learning photography, she speaks from her own experience. “I know firsthand how to use photography as a medium to self-expression. It keeps me curious.” Using the medium of digital photography as an innovative approach to working with vulnerable young people, Oriane explains how this work confirmed her belief that there is “no one is better at telling stories than the people themselves.”
Ransome Nettey was deployed by ICMC as a Resettlement Expert in November 2014. Currently in Tanzania, he conducts interviews with refugees considered for resettlement, most of whom fled Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa. DRC has been ravaged by a decades-long civil war and mounting corruption.
Samina Jamshed, Education Officer at ICMC field office in Pakistan, proudly skims through the book “Fantasy in the real world of a refugee” she has put together to showcase the drawings and stories written by refugee children at the ICMC-run safe shelter in Islamabad. “Although most of them have a new life in a new country, where they are resettled; this book is a connection between me and my students,” she comments.
In the busy, lively ICMC Pakistan office, colleagues warmly hail “Dr. Farah” in the common space. Dr. Farah Amjad is one of the two medical officers at the ICMC field office in Islamabad. She is an experienced general practitioner with a warm, gentle demeanor. Before joining ICMC about two years ago, she worked in a government hospital in Islamabad. After a while, Dr. Amjad dreamed of joining a community-based organization to serve the most vulnerable.