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02 Jul 2014
Caritas Iraq is providing food, bedding and hygiene kits to 2000 Iraqi families who have fled their homes after fighting broke out in the north of the country. Heavy clashes between armed groups intensified in June, causing a massive movement of 400,000 people out of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, and other towns towards Kurdistan. Iraqi Christians have been one of the groups affected. Christians have also fled Mosul in large numbers. “You could count the number of Christian families who remain on the fingers of one hand,” said Caritas Iraq staff. The situation is calmer in Mosul now, but fierce clashes continue in other areas. “The displacement from Mosul has decreased since the beginning of the crisis, but the…
02 Jul 2014
Update: Due to the ongoing violence in Iraq, some of our June activities have been suspended to ensure the safety and security of our staff, project partners and participants. We are monitoring the situation in Iraq closely. National Youth Orchestra of Iraq It is with great regret that the Iraq Foundation announces the cancellation of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq's plans to travel to America. Instability in Iraq has made it impossible for orchestra members to complete the visa process that would allow them to travel, though thankfully all NYOI musicians are currently safe. Widows Initiative for Economic Sustainability (WIES) WIES is funded by the US Department of State Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues. WIES aims to economically…
01 Jul 2014
PROTECTION ASSISTANCE AND REINTEGRATION CENTER (PARC) IN CAMP & NON-CAMP AREAS/ UNHCR PROGRAM - PARC mobile team did 3 protection and monitoring visits for Syrian asylum seeker (SAS); 2 in (Duhok/ Baroshke and Shele) and 1 in (Semel/ Marina) for 26 families/119 individuals. The most vulnerable individuals were identified and 9 cases of the interviewed families were referred to each registration center at Domiz Camp for removing and adding family members on UNHCR certificates, to Azadi and Diabetes Hospitals to get free medication. - Providing Syrian asylum seekers (SAS) in camp and non-camp areas and in Turkish refugees settlements with legal assistance by PARC lawyers; (0) received cases, (6) resolved case and (2) legal advice cases. - During this week,…
On June 16, MAG deployed Community Liaison (CL) teams to camp sites in Erbil and Dohuk Governorates to respond to the influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The teams disseminated emergency safety information at the populated camps and checkpoints, distributed awareness materials and carried out a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice (KAP) survey among the IDPs. A new context-specific Risk Education (RE) leaflet has been developed and printed. MAG deployed a clearance team on the request of Dohuk Governorate’s Development and Modification Center (DMC) to the Zummar IDP camp. MAG team cleared a total of 89,700 square meters of suspected contaminated land to enable the establishment of camp. MAG is available to provide Risk Education sessions (in Kurdish, Arabic and English)…
NRC has finished a first distribution of relief items to families displaced by the conflict in Anbar. “This came just in time, as some of us sleep on the ground”, explained a woman when receiving mattresses, kitchenware and other basic household items. More than 560,000 people have been displaced due to fighting in Anbar province in Iraq since late December 2013. The conflict in the province has evolved in the shadows of the conflict in neighbouring Syria, and the acute needs of the many displaced are far from being met. "I have been in Abu Ghraib since January and this is the first time I receive any assistance", a displaced person told the team from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)…
01 Jul 2014
The Kurdistan Reconstruction and Development Society (KURDS) has been active in the response to the influx of IDPs into the KRI. With the support of UNHCR, KURDS activities have included the erection of 440 tents in Khazir transit camp and more than 150 tents in Garmawa Camp. In Khazir KURDS also constructed a shaded area for the registration center as well as an area for a car park. KURDS staff have been actively involved in planning for the construction of an additional, more permanent camp at Khazir. In the past week KURDS also ran an emergency water trucking operation for the influx of IDPs from Hamdaniyah/Qaraqosh as approximately 1000 families from these areas came into Ainkawa.