IOM Organizes a Community Event in Egypt to Mark the International Migrants Day 2018

Cairo, 15 December 2018 - To honour the over 1 billion migrants around the world, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and The European Union Delegation in Egypt held a community event to mark the International Migrants Day 2018 and celebrate the positive contributions of migrants to both their host communities and communities of origin. This day was also an occasion to remember and commemorate the migrants who lost their lives on their journey in search of a better life.

Organized in collaboration with Tadamon, the Egyptian Refugee Multicultural Council, the event was attended by more than 1,700 guests from Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, as well as by Egyptians and many more nationalities.

The event aimed at promoting social cohesion among different communities in Egypt and environment protection.  Under the motto #MigrationWithDignity, the day had a vivid atmosphere and great engagement regardless of age, origin or gender. The event featured live music and dance performances from migrants, including the renowned AfriCairo, in addition to an IOM-sponsored food fair, showcasing different cuisines, complemented by a generous donation of 2,000 fresh drinks from Coca-Cola. Migrant communities showcased their artisanal handicrafts as part of a bazaar that received great attention by attendees.

In parallel to the entertainment, IOM carried out several medical activities. In cooperation with Future University in Egypt, dental checks were conducted for almost 400 adults and children. Hypertension checks were also conducted by IOM’s medical team for almost 300 individuals. In addition to a general hygiene session, another session on Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases was delivered to 200 adults with a special focus on male attendees.

“Such event is not only aimed to mark the International Migrants Day and remind us of how migrants are an integral part of our societies; today is a day when we recall how much humanism and tolerance are key in our daily life. It was refreshing to be with more than 1,700 people from different nationalities celebrating a day of joy and happiness.… it is basically a reflection of our world in one single space.”, said Mr Laurent De Boeck, IOM Egypt's Chief of Mission.

Furthermore, 450 children from different nationalities had the opportunity to visit the interactive Child Museum. The visit started with a journey down the Nile valley through time and space while providing a living experience of how the Nile has changed and formed the landscape of modern Egypt. The interior museum is divided into four floors, each providing a brief on the Egyptian history from exploring the pyramids and discovering the development of Egyptian civilization to examining the development of modern Egypt and looking at the history of science in Egypt.

Attendees interested in volunteering in Egypt also had the chance to interact with Y-Peer Egypt volunteers who participated in the event to raise awareness on reproductive health and prevention of HIV/AIDS among young people. Also, volunteers from MY World Advocates on Migration and the 2030 Agenda supported IOM during the event while raising awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals through interactive games.

On the same note, the event would not have been such a success without the valued participation of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC), Save the Children, Saint Andrews (StARs), Plan International, Caritas Alexandria, Terre des Hommes, British Council, AUC – CMRS and European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). 

This International Migrants Day celebration and activities support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 3 Good Health and Well-Being, 5 Gender Equality, 8 Reduced Inequalities, 15 Life on Land and 17 Partnership for the Goals, and the realization of a “fair, integrated society that is characterized by […] equality in economic and social opportunities” as envisioned in Egypt’s Sustainable Development Strategy: Vision 2030.

For more information, please contact Omar Awwad at IOM Egypt, Tel: +2 02 2736 5140/1 Email: oawwad@iom.int

 

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