01 Sep 2015

NCCI Talks about Returns and the Move to Baghdad

As the humanitarian situation in Iraq rapidly changes, the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) regularly organizes meetings to share information between its members and the other humanitarian actors in the country.

On the 25th of August NCCI held a meeting at its Erbil office with nine, mostly local NGOs attending. At the meeting the local NGOs described the challenges emerging in liberated areas in Ninewa and Kirkuk like revenge attacks, sectarian and ethnic polarization, unsafety and damaged infrastructure and property. The attendants also put forward a number of recommendations to enable a safe return of IDPs to these areas. These recommendations included documenting events of genocide and persecution and increasing the awareness of both the population and government officials on these events, psychosocial support for victims and the need to engage the government to create a plan for rebuilding the affected areas. Also discussed was the way transitional justice should be implemented.

In Baghdad NCCI held a General Coordination meeting on the 27th of August. Ten NGO’s attended this meeting, which started with an update on the humanitarian situation in central Iraq given by NCCI and a number of other local and international NGOs. NCCI then continued with a brief on the humanitarian coordination structure, explaining the discussions currently held about the relocation of the structure to Baghdad.

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