30 Sep 2014
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is establishing a new field office in Kerbala. The office will cover DRC’s expanded operations in the Southern governorates of Iraq. A two-day programme and operational assessment mission to Kerbala was carried out on September 23-24, 2014. The assessment was headed by DRC’s Head of Programme for South and Central Iraq. During the assessment mission the DRC team met with the Mr. Ali H. Al-Mialy (Deputy Governor of Kerbala) Mr. Al-Mialy is the local government focal point for IDPs in the governorate. He briefed the DRC team on the current IDP humanitarian situation as well as the plans of the government to support the IDP population. The meeting with the Deputy Governor was useful; it…
29 Sep 2014
On 24th September 2014 Dijlah Al-Khair distributed NFI items (mattresses and covers) to 60 of the 700 families who were displaced from Anbar and are currently residing in al-Tarmia, 70 km North of Baghdad. Please find below some pictures of this distribution.
Summary Sectarian violence and the advance of the Islamic State (IS) have resulted in large-scale population displacement and extensive humanitarian need in Iraq. It is estimated that 1.8 million people have been displaced across the country since January 2014.Tearfund carried out a scoping visit to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) in mid-August to determine needs and priorities for an emergency response. The scoping team identified Dohuk Governorate in KRI as an area of high need, since it hosts the largest proportion of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix figures indicate that there are over 543,000 IDPs across the Governorate. Within Dohuk, UNICEF identified the Batel sub-district of Sumel District as being underserved and requiring further assessment. Tearfund…
28 Sep 2014
Summary Following initial scoping, trader and key informant interviews and market mapping and analysis markets in Semel District, Dohuk Governorate are deemed to be very resilient in the face of the huge influx of displaced people into the region. Markets were assessed for their ability to meet demand for non-food items in particular with the focus being on blankets, mattresses and clothes for children as these were highlighted by IDP communities in the region as priority items. This indicates that cash transfer programming (CTP) is a viable response option for the displaced population in the region as markets are functioning and accessible. Please find full report attached below: 
More than 3,000 internally displaced persons have received core relief items, distributed by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in the city of Ramadi, in Anbar Governorate where fighting have caused massive displacement since December last year. “Amidst the enduring humanitarian needs and the difficulty for aid organizations to access Anbar Governorate, the DRC has been able to commence activities reaching the displaced population in Ramadi with relief assistance,” says Zinnah Kamah, DRC’s Head of Programs. The 600 household kits of core relief items provided by DRC contains hygiene kits, non-food and food parcels and are sufficient to last a family of five for one month. Community volunteers and the local authorities assisted in facilitating the distribution exercise, which took place…
25 Sep 2014

Nature Iraq - Activity Report

Thursday, 25 September 2014
Background and Introduction Nature Iraq is an Iraqi non-governmental organization registered in Iraq, accredited to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Iraq’s first and only Affiliate to Birdlife International, and the only Middle Eastern member of the Waterkeeper Alliance. Nature Iraq was created to protect, restore, and preserve Iraq’s natural environment and the rich cultural heritage that it nourishes. Our mission includes fulfillment of the following goals: Improve the capacity of Iraq’s institutions to protect its environment, including local and national governmental and non-governmental bodies, along with universities, colleges, and scientific institutes. Develop a scientific database of environmental conditions and trends within Iraq through environmental monitoring and research programs focusing on water resources, ecology, and biodiversity. Encourage environmental awareness…