Baghdad (ICRC) – To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a sport fair organized by the Iraqi National Paralympics Committee and Al Rafeedein Association with the support of the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) is taking place in Baghdad today. The event seeks to alter perceptions of people living with disabilities in Iraq. Nearly 40 disabled Iraqi athletes will face off in judo, fencing and boccia to demonstrate that people with disabilities can be active and dynamic, and to rally support for their full equality and participation in society. "This event aims to prove that disability does not have to be a social barrier. Many of the athletes performing today in Baghdad should be an example for…
ERBIL, Iraq December 2 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has commenced an emergency airlift of urgently needed winter supplies to reinforce its stockpile in northern Iraq with relief items for up to 50,000 vulnerable Syrians. The UNHCR-chartered Etihad Boeing 777 aircraft landed at Erbil airport this afternoon (Monday) carrying 90 metric tons of various core relief items to help 4,400 families over the winter months including plastic tarpaulins, thermal blankets, sleeping mats, jerry cans and kitchen sets. "While UNHCR has adequate stocks inside Iraq to meet the immediate needs, we want to ensure that sufficient items are on-hand to address any developments," said UNHCR's Amman-based Director for the Middle East and North Africa Amin Awad. "The relief items we…
A new camp that will have facilities for Syrian refugees living with disabilities is under construction in Sulimaniyah, Iraq. A UNICEF officer ensures families are as comfortable as possible in the meantime. SULIMANIYAH, Iraq, 29 November 2013 – There are nearly 2,500 Syrians living in Arbat refugee camp just outside of Sulimaniyah, and many of them, like Suliman Gorgis’s family, live with disabilities. Suliman oldest son Yousef was paralysed at birth. Another son, Mohammed, has Down Syndrome. A third son, Yasser, walks with difficulty because of a hip injury. To ensure that they are as comfortable as possible under the circumstances, UNICEF Water and Sanitation Officer Atheer Al Yaseen has been working with the Gorgis family since they crossed the…
ERBIL [ACTED News] – Providing emergency assistance was complicated in Kawargosk refugee camp, near Erbil, Kurdistan, on November 9, as the first rain of the season destroyed over 235 tents – forcing families to relocate to Dara Shakran refugee camp. ACTED teams were the first on the ground, providing emergency relief to families through relocation assistance and putting in place emergency draining systems. Through cash-for-work schemes, preparations for the winter season is ongoing. Additional assistance is urgently needed to prepare Kawergosk’s inhabitants for the harsh upcoming winter season. ACTED teams have been working in Kawargosk camp, serving over 12,000 Syrian refugees, since its opening on 15th August, in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme…
Baghdad, 22 November 2013 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Mr. Nickolay Mladenov and the UN family in Iraq have been closely following with Iraqi officials the assistance that the United Nations can provide to the Government, more particularly the Ministry of Displacement and Migration (MoDM), in its efforts in assisting the communities affected by the recent floods caused by heavy rains. At an emergency meeting yesterday between representatives of the MoDM and the United Nations Humanitarian Country Team, it was announced that, while an overall joint assessment of needs is ongoing, the United Nations agencies are providing emergency assistance to the most affected populations, and are ready to support affected populations as required.…
Ramadi, 12 November 2013 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Nickolay Mladebnov, travelled to Ramadi for the first time since he took office in Baghdad. Mr. Mladenov was accompanied by a high level UN delegation, including the head of WHO in Iraq, Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain, the head of UNDP Iraq, Mr. Adam Abdelmoula, the Representative of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Ms. Claire Bourgeois, and the head of ICODHA (Integrated Coordinated Office for Development and Humanitarian Affairs), Mr. Simon Strachan. The UN team had constructive discussions with the Governor of Anbar, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Khalaf, and the Members of the Council of Representatives, and addressed the numerous challenges faced by the largest governorate of…