Moshi, United Republic of Tanzania. For the first time since its inception in 2009, the IOMUN African Capacity Building Centre celebrated the UN International Migrants Day – IMD on December 18, 2017 and took part to the second edition of the IOM Global Migration Film Festival - GMFF organized worldwide from 5-18 December 2017.
The event which was jointly organized with the Tanzania Regional Immigration Training Academy (TRITA), gathered representatives from Courage House Tanzania, the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), the UN Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS), students and lecturers from the Stefano Moshi Memorial College University (SMMCU) and the Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU).
The event started with the screening of Inside Story, a GMFF movie selection, which tells the story of a football star whose journey to soccer stardom is complicated when he learns he is HIV/positive. Besides sharing a prevention message against STD/HIV and the means to protect against acquiring or transmitting infection, the movie promotes the importance of health access for migrants and for all. “Inside Story is a very good movie selection with a strong and important message - not only on health but on labour migration, responsibilities and life”, Mr. Wilfred Shangali, lecturer from SMMCU said.
The afternoon roundtable session on human trafficking, migrant smuggling, organized crime and corruption in the context of migration followed by the screening of IOMUN Migration Agency’s Aware Migrants campaign and stories benefited all in terms of insights and understanding of the benefits, challenges and concerns of migration. For Mrs. Stephanie Midthun, Executive Director of Courage House Tanzania “such events are key means to spread the word on human trafficking, encourage active engagement of youth and build partnerships with agencies involved in combating modern day slavery.”
On returnees’ stories, students from MoCU welcomed the IOM-UN initiative and encouraged the organization to continue fighting against irregular migration and organized crime through information sharing. “These stories are more than heartbreaking and need to be heard by all potential migrants” one participant said. “It is the duty of our political leaders to create opportunities on the continent to change these migration dynamics and save lives of thousands of our brothers embarking themselves on these deadly journeys because they have no vision for future,” another participant from the SMMCU added.
The UN International Migrants Day (IMD), observed each year on December 18, was appointed by the UN General Assembly in December 2000 to recognize the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide. IOMUN Director General, Ambassador William Lacy Swing made an urgent call for #SafeMigrationInaWorldOnTheMove, which was the theme for this 2017 IMD edition.