NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The UN agency said on Thursday that it has rolled
out a mobile app called MigApp to empower migrants in East and
Horn of Africa.
According to the
International Organization for Migration (IOM), MigApp is a
mobile based tool that serves as a one-stop-shop where migrants
can access updated, reliable and practical information as well
as IOM services.
“We developed MigApp
to help migrants make informed decisions throughout their
migration journey. It provides a secure, reliable information
for a safe journey and allows sharing of location with loved
ones,” Alex Dougan, IOM’s MigApp Project Manager, said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
application leverages current technology and the widespread use
of mobile telecommunications to bring a secure, objective and
MigApp has been
rolled out in Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia,
Rwanda, Djibouti, South Sudan and Somalia where the use of
mobile telephony is common.
“In these nine
countries, migrants and IOM partners have been receiving flyers
and business cards containing information on how to use MigApp,”
The UN migration
agency said political instability, drought and economic
challenges continue to drive large-scale mixed migration within
and from the region as people move in search of a better life
for themselves and their loved ones.
MigApp is a tool to
help make migration safer while at the same time allowing users
to access IOM services.
MigApp enables the
capture and analysis of migration trends and patterns at
country, region or global levels. It provides an opportunity for
IOM’s programs to be more proactive in formulating informed
responses to migration.
UNHCR launches campaign in
Ethiopia against dangerous crossing
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday
launched an information campaign in Ethiopia’s capital Addis
Ababa to spread awareness about the dangers of crossing the Gulf
of Aden and Red Sea from the countries of the Horn of African
region to and through war-stricken Yemen.
The campaign dubbed
“Dangerous Crossing” features a music video by prominent artists
from Ethiopia, Somalia, and Egypt, and a video testimony by
victims of the smuggling trade.
utilizes all available media tools, social media, radio TV,
print media, billboards and posters, according to the UNHCR.
Campaign Coordinator, noted that the objective of the campaign
is about informing people about the dangers they may face when
they decide to follow smugglers’ route to and through Yemen.
UNHCR Representative in Ethiopia, said that more than 5,000
people cross the Red Sea or Gulf of Aden to Yemen every week.
The people crossing
the dangerous route face multiple problems, and they are
assisted by smugglers whom the Representative said are organized
and cooperating across borders.