The highlight of this reporting period was no doubt my
visit to Baghdad to make contacts with the new government. We were
able to pass on our congratulations to H.E. Dr. Abdul Samid Rahman
Sultan Minister of Displacement and Migration as well as to H.E. Jewad
Bolani Minister of Interior and discuss our Capacity Building
Projects. Observing the situation firsthand has been an eye opening
experience. IOM local staff and consultants received us with open arms
making the visit in total a success and an experience we plan to repeat
in the future.
Close to our heart is still the fate of the Internally
Displaced Persons in Iraq, for whom we are providing emergency relief.
We are trying hard to interest the international donor community to fund
longer-term solutions such as income generation, vocational training,
and rehabilitation of logistic services. Such projects will enable us to
provide not only emergency relief but also more durable solutions to
ultimately promote community stabilization and spare Displaced Persons
long term problems appearing in the horizon.
We are pleased that on a small scale the medical
evacuation programme is re-activated again. We continue to try and
provide the service of selecting patients inside Iraq and transporting
them out of the country where several NGOs are sharing the costs of the
medical treatment. By "sharing the burden" we are still able to assist
a small number of patients. Our fund raising efforts continue to
enable to expand this programme again.