The UN World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), and UNICEF have started airlifting urgently needed humanitarian aid from Erbil, Iraq, to Qamishly in northeast Syria as displaced families start to face one of the harshest winters ever as winter storm “Alexa” dumped large amounts of snow and brought cold temperatures to the region. The first WFP-chartered flight landed today in Qamishly airport from Erbil with almost 40 metric tons of food including wheat flour, pasta, oil, sugar, salt, rice, canned beans and bulgur wheat. Over the next few days, WFP plans to use 11 more airlifts to move enough food to feed over 30,000 people for one month. People across the Middle East have come face-to-face…
08 Dec 2013
On February 1-2 and March 8-9, the US Institute of Peace will be hosting an event called the PeaceTech Camp in Iraq. PeaceTech Camps are two day, interactive conferences through which we pair local and international leaders in the technology community with local and regional civil society organizations to provide training, resources and assistance that enable participants to harness low cost, easy to implement technologies to build their capacity and better meet their mission. The primary point of contact for NGOs seeking to apply to attend the PeaceTech Camps is local coordinator Afrah Aljezari. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) See attached documents for more details.
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…