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Published on December 20th, 2017 | by Georgia Archonti

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Koreans Hear Untold Stories of Forgotten Migrants, Refugees

IOM in the Republic of Korea (ROK) has hosted a second public event to highlight the plight of migrants and refugees forced to leave their homes by conflicts in remote corners of the world rarely covered by international media.

Moving Stories: Untold Journeys of People on the Move, an IOM ROK initiative designed to raise Korean public awareness of forced migration, presented IOM’s work in Bangladesh, South Sudan and Afghanistan. It also highlighted ROK government humanitarian aid. Hosted at the KT Olleh Square auditorium in Seoul on Friday evening (24/11), it attracted an audience of over 200 mostly young people.

“The stories of displaced people in protracted crises like South Sudan and Afghanistan often go unheard, because they are so difficult (for media) to access,” said Miah Park, IOM ROK Head of Office. “The current Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh may also disappear from the headlines. But it is important that we do not forget their stories.”

Peppi Kivinimei-Siddiq, IOM project manager described life in the vast, squalid Rohingya refugee settlements of Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh, where IOM is working to help over 800,000 people who fled Myanmar to escape what has been described by the UN as “ethnic cleansing.”

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