As Iraq faces its worst humanitarian crisis this decade, Islamic Relief is providing essential aid to some of the most vulnerable families. Hundreds have been killed in the fighting engulfing communities in Iraq. In Mosul alone, around 500,000 people fled fighting which erupted last week. Meanwhile, a six-month conflict in the western governorate of Anbar has forced tens of thousands from their home. Islamic Relief is supporting 150 families that are currently seeking safety in Khazir camp, near Irbil. The food parcels contained staples such as bread, cheese, meat and canned vegetables. Families also received blankets, mattresses and pillows as well as bottled water. We continue to assist the camp’s most vulnerable families through our $200,000 emergency operation. Many people…
The attacks of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)—which now controls Mosul and other important cities in northern Iraq—have caused hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to flee their homes. Many have made their way to Iraqi Kurdistan, sheltering in schools, mosques, tents, and in the homes of relatives. UNHCR estimates that 40% of these refugees are considered vulnerable: People with disabilities, the injured, and other at risk individuals. In order to address this situation, Handicap International, already present in Iraqi Kurdistan since 1991, is launching a new project to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people among the displaced. “Kurdistan is increasingly becoming the only safe area in the north of Iraq,” says Benedetta Di Cintio,…
Relief International’s country team is on the ground closely monitoring the humanitarian situation in Iraq after violence broke out on June 10 in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. More than 500,000 Iraqis have fled from their homes in Mosul and its surrounding districts alone, most seeking safety in the neighboring Kurdistan region of Iraq. RI expects many more to be displaced as violence continues to spread to other cities. We are deeply concerned by the recent events. Iraq is currently hosting more than 200,000 Syrian refugees–meeting the needs of the 500,000 newly displaced will stretch scarce humanitarian resources even further as the country struggles under the weight of one million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Families have fled with little more…
18 Jun 2014
Humanitarian Situation Lest it is forgotten, there were more than 400,000 internally displaced people from Anbar and another 220,000 Syrian refugees still lingering in the country prior to the Mosul insurgency, which erupted on June 5. Although no reliable figures are available yet regarding the actual number of people that have fled Mosul, it is reported to be the biggest exodus of families from that part of the country. Approximately 300,000 people have entered the Kurdistan areas (100,000 in Erbil and 200,000 in Duhok). DRC is present in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), assisting Syrian refugees in camp and non-camp communities, as well as a selected case load of extremely vulnerable beneficiaries from the host communities. In other parts…
17 Jun 2014
HARIKAR NGO DUHOK GOVERNORATE WEEKLY REPORT 08– 12 JUNE 2014 PROTECTION ASSISTANCE AND REINTEGRATION CENTER (PARC) IN CAMP & NON-CAMP AREAS/ UNHCR PROGRAM - PARC team did filed visit in non-camp area for 13 families/56 individuals and their needs were identified. - PARC referred 6 different cases of SAS and old refugees to different institutions that Harikar has coordination with for providing them with assistance and services. - Legal assistance has been provided for 6 cases of camp and non-camp Syrian Asylum Seekers and Turkish refugees. - A case of a female SAS was accepted by DRC to be enrolled in their programs after following up by PARC protection assistant. - PARC protection assistant with UNHCR visited a family in…
The International Rescue Committee is deeply concerned by events in Mosul and elsewhere in Iraq. “The humanitarian crisis in Iraq, beyond the headlines of violent attacks, can no longer be ignored,” we said in a statement released today. At the beginning of this year Iraq had a million internally displaced people and over 200,000 refugees. Since then almost 480,000 additional individuals have been displaced from Anbar alone and now, an estimated 500,000 people are fleeing fighting in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. How the IRC is responding Within the first 24 hours of the massive displacement from Mosul, the IRC worked to ensure the continuation of our ongoing programs and prepared to respond to new humanitarian needs. We are deploying…