On August 3, last year, Basma’s* home in Iraq’s far northern Sinjar district was suddenly under attack. Her family hid inside the house for two days as members of ISIS rounded up families, killing men and taking women and girls captive. The group already controlled large swaths of land in Syria and northwestern Iraq, and now was setting its sights on Sinjar. As the armed men drew closer, Basma fled on foot with her three small children to the barren mountains of Sinjar. She was forced to leave behind her husband who had a broken leg. Basma and thousands of others trekked up into the mountains for safety, but soon found themselves under siege with ISIS surrounding them below. Some…
Water is a source of life”, how many times we have heard this sentence? While drinking, while washing our clothes, cleaning our houses. Now, during summer time, with the big heat under which people are living, this sentence is much more important. Especially for the ones living in difficult conditions, forced to leave their houses and to find refugees in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This is why ACF, UPP and NCA, three international NGOs working to support the displaced people in the region, are launching a campaign on water conservation. Starting from the 26th of July, orientation workers and hygiene promoters of those NGOs will work to raise awareness in camps and non-camps areas. Suggesting how to better save water,…
Iraqi al-Amal Association with support of the Embassy of France in Iraq – Service of Cooperation and Cultural Action office implemented this project from November 2014 to May 2015, The information contained in this publication has been compiled, analyzed, and organized by Iraqi researcher; Ms. Ala Ali, who served as research director, and with the support of fifteen activists from Nineveh Province that formed the research team. This conflict analysis study in Nineveh is a major local research project, which seeks to promote sustainable peace opportunities in Nineveh province and in Iraq as an end result. For this study we utilized a combination of different approaches, bringing together the theoretical and the practical for data collection such as, focus group…
Five years after the conflict in Syria began, the situation for the almost four million refugees living across the Middle East, and many of the communities who are generously hosting them, is increasingly defined by an unfolding shelter crisis. Those who have escaped the violence in Syria are struggling to find basic shelter for their families. Host communities are also severely affected as they are forced to compete with refugees to access services or secure a roof over their heads. This is creating a strain on inter-communal relations, with the risk of further tensions as the crisis goes on. Supporting the countries that neighbour Syria to address the shelter needs of both refugees and local communities is critical. Local housing markets and municipal infrastructure are unable to cope. Rent is the single highest expenditure for…
With ISIS retreating from areas previously under its control in Northern Iraq, a comprehensive peacebuilding strategy must be agreed immediately to ensure the safety of all civilians, including both returning communities and those who remained under ISIS control. After ISIS, a new PAX report based on extensive interviews with internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Ninewa Plain in the Kurdish region of Iraq, lays out the serious security concerns at stake and provides proposals to address them. Please find the full report attached below.
16 Jun 2015

Islamic Relief - Iraq in Crisis

Tuesday, 16 June 2015
A year after conflict in Iraq spiked – plunging the country into one of the world’s most grave humanitarian crises – Islamic Relief is renewing its appeal for humanitarian aid and action to end the violence.In June 2014, fighting escalated in the northern governorate of Ninewa. It intensified an already serious situation within Iraq, as it also faced protracted conflict in Anbar province. The UN upgraded the crisis to its highest possible emergency designation. Families from all walks of life have been caught up in the fighting,” explains Mohammed Makki, country director for Islamic Relief in Iraq. “Vast numbers of people have been uprooted as they fled their homes in search of safety. Waves of displacement have left 2.68 million…
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