A record-breaking 38 million people have been displaced within their own country by conflict or violence. This is the equivalent of the total populations of London, New York and Beijing combined. These are the worst figures for forced displacement in a generation, signalling our complete failure to protect innocent civilians” said Secretary General Jan Egeland. Today, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), part of NRC, launched its Global Overview 2015: People internally displaced by conflict and violence at the United Nations in Geneva. With internal displacement figures reaching a record high for the third year in a row, the report also documents that 11 million people were newly displaced by violent events throughout 2014. “Global diplomats, UN resolutions, peace talks…
After successful competition of the selection process through a Request for Applications (RFA) issued in January, Mercy Corps is pleased to announce that it has issued subawards to nine Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to support community and civil society partnerships to provide humanitarian assistance to conflict affected communities or activities aimed at maintaining, strengthening and rebuilding Iraq’s social fabric in response to the current crisis. The RFA was issued in January and received 111 applications. Following screening, 65 were considered eligible applications, and these were evaluated and scored by the Grants Review Committee (GRC). The GRC consisted of one representative each from Mercy Corps, Mercy Hands, Public Aid Organization, and ICNL, as well as a humanitarian technical specialist. Based on…
26 Apr 2015
In Iraq, widespread violence has displaced some 2.6 million people from their homes, making this one of the biggest displacement crises in recent decades. Here, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of mission Fabio Forgione discusses the situation. This most recent humanitarian crisis in Iraq has entered its second year and we’re bracing ourselves for what will come next. People run from widespread and ruthless violence; entire villages are burned to the ground. Massive displacement has put an enormous strain on host communities, but many more families fleeing conflict zones have nowhere to go, as access to safer areas is often restricted along sectarian lines and international aid is not reaching them. The crisis began in December 2013 when the so-called…
Conflict in Iraq has led to successive waves of mass displacement and humanitarian crisis. Iraq now has one of the highest populations of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the world, with 2.5 million people having been displaced since January 2014, and over 1 million still displaced from the 2006 – 2008 period of sectarian conflict, out of an overall population of approximately 34 million. Iraq also currently hosts over 250,000 refugees, predominantly from Syria. Many of the problems that affect humanitarian operations worldwide concerning the ability to assist people according to their vulnerability are particularly starkly demonstrated in Iraq, where refugees, IDPs and poor host community members often live in very close proximity, even as neighbors, but receive different levels…
PAX is highly concerned that there is no peacebuilding strategy to complement military operations combatting ISIS. The US-led coalition against ISIS (the coalition) supports the Iraqi Army and the Kurdish Peshmerga by bombarding ISIS positions, but if the coalition wants the re-conquest of Mosul province to be a step towards a more peaceful Iraq, it must begin preparing a peacebuilding operation in Mosul province now. Without it, there is a serious risk of gross human rights violations, revenge operations and further ethnic cleansing if the province and city of Mosul are recaptured, laying the ground for further conflict. The behaviour so far of the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga, and in particular the Shia militias fighting ISIS is reason for…
16 Mar 2015
For decades, Arab women have been fighting for their political, social and economic rights. In the Arab uprisings women were on the frontline demanding change. However, they remain excluded to significant degrees from formal political and public spaces and the Middle East and North Africa still rank the lowest in the world for women’s political participation. Many barriers still exist. The lack of public support for women’s political participation, and limited funding especially at the local level, threatens to perpetuate women’s exclusion and increase inequalities. All women including the poor and underprivileged are able to and have the right to lead. They have a breadth of experience and knowledge which, when tapped into and acknowledged, enables them to transform their…
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