How disasters, poverty fuel human trafficking

Building resilience in difficult times

Life as we know it has changed almost completely in the last couple of years. As we hop from one crisis to another with what seems like a never-ending pandemic in the background, dramatic changes have taken place for almost all of us both in our personal and public lives.

So resist the temptation to retreat into your own cave because you fear being a burden to others or imposing on others. Try instead to keep up with your routine and social activities even if initially you may not feel inclined to do so.

Economic uncertainly, turmoil and personal traumas all require resilience and that too in bucketfuls. Whether you’re going through illness, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a career or just painful loneliness from being isolated so long during Covid-19, resilience isn’t something that happens automatically, it is a habit that needs to be cultivated.

Resilience is having the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress…READ ON

How disasters, poverty fuel human trafficking

More people across the world are now displaced due to climate change-induced disasters than conflicts, reversing a historical trend, noted the World Migration Report 2022. This has created a vulnerable group of population that is targeted for trafficking, studies have shown.

The link of trafficking with extreme weather events has been observed across the globe in the past decades. Rising incidents of trafficking were first noticed in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.

Some 30.7 million displacements in 2020 were triggered by natural disasters in 145 countries and territories, according to the report published every other year by the United Nations International Organisation for Migration.

Storms accounted for 14.6 million displacements globally, floods for 14.1 million, extreme temperatures for 46,000 and droughts 32,000, it added. India reported nearly 4 million new displacements due to climate-induced disasters in 2020, the UN migration data showed.

Total internal displacement across the world due to disasters, conflicts and violence increased to 40.5 million in 2020 from 31.5 million in 2019, despite containment measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, the study added…READ ON

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