The Tajik-Afghan border stretches for over 1300 kilometres through remote, inaccessible, and extremely mountainous terrain. It cuts through the Pamir Mountains, the so-called “Roof of the World”, home to some of the world’s highest mountains at the junction of the Hindu Kush, Tian Shan and Himalayan ranges.
The Global Migration Film Festival featured new films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities.
By William Lacy Swing
Geneva — “I’m a migrant, but didn't have to risk my life on a leaky boat or pay traffickers. Safe migration cannot be limited to the global elite.” Thus spoke United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in September 2017.
With a memorable turn of phrase, he captured what is perhaps one of the overriding challenges facing the world today. While we live at a time when a privileged elite considers global mobility virtually its birth-right, it is denied to countless others trapped in hopelessly bad economic or conflict circumstances.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Migration Agency-International Organization for Migration (IOM) marked the migration-themed World Food Day with series of information events conducted in the country. This year the World Food Day is dedicated to: “Change the future of migration: invest in food security and rural development” and is being celebrated as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Campaigning Month globally.
Behruz Rahmonov, 18, student of the Dalyan University of Languages in China, and Bunyod Pulodzoda, 23, student of the Khujand State University, were awarded with modern big screen smart LG TV sets for winning IOM Tajikistan social media essay contest announced under USAID Dignity and Rights project.
Bishkek – Sadbarg Gazieva, 38, sees more in the photographs than most of the other 100 or so people at the exhibition in the American University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
She looks longer, more deeply at the pictures of the shuffling, awkward people caught in time. The faces peering out of train windows, the cold, pinched faces on a building site, the exhausted faces lying on wooden bunks. The police shakedowns. She sees her life.
Switzerland — The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is inviting professional and emerging filmmakers to submit perception-changing films about the migrant experience for the second annual Global Migration Film Festival (5–18 December).