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Around 500,000 people have fled their homes in Ninewa, amidst fighting in Iraq’s northern governorate. Islamic Relief is working to support vulnerable families. Fighting between government forces and armed groups erupted this week in Mosul city, Ninewa. The city is now reported to be controlled by armed fighters, with the violence already spilling out toward other cities. About 100 people are thought to have died, and hundreds of thousands have fled. Many are seeking safety in other parts of the city and surrounding areas, and others have headed to the Kurdistan region – which is under significant pressure from the influx of refugees fleeing conflict-torn Syria. In the coming days and weeks, both the death toll and the number of…
16 Jun 2014
The Situation The crisis in Iraq is escalating quickly. Muslim Hands has launched an emergency appeal to provide help for thousands of people displaced by this week's fighting in the country. Hundreds of thousands are fleeing their homes in northern Iraq in fear of violence. Half a million refugees are seeking safety in areas already overflowing with those escaping the Syrian conflict. Thousands of displaced have nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Many have lost their homes, life-savings and livelihoods. Muslim Hands Response Muslim Hands has an Emergency Response team inside Iraq now - in Tikrit - distributing vital supplies of food and water to displaced families. The team are working tirelessly to mobilise and coordinate direct relief…
With Mosul, areas of Salahuddin and Kirkuk out of Iraqi government control, the situation for civilians there and in Iraq as a whole is increasingly dangerous. Moment by moment, the media/news agencies are busy gathering news of what has happened and continues to happen in northern Iraq, and with each report, anxiety grows. The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative declares its great concern for the fate of civilians and displaced families in cities beyond the control of the central government. In this critical moment it calls on the Iraqi government and armed groups involved in the conflict in northern Iraq to adhere to international humanitarian law, specifically in providing protection to civilians and their property, as well as to aid…
“As terrified families and children flee violence in Mosul, we are witnessing one of the largest and swiftest mass movements of people in the world in recent memory. This shocking escalation of violence is forcing hundreds of thousands of people to for their lives towards the Kurdistan region. Massive traffic jams and blocked roads are seriously hindering access and movement of aid, as hundreds of thousands flee from the raging violence and chaos. The most vulnerable families are those left behind and it's extremely difficult to reach them right now as the violence continues. We are also extremely concerned over how the Kurdistan region of Iraq will cope with the influx. Save the Children is on the ground working with…
Around 500,000 people, up to half of them children, have been forced to flee their homes since violence erupted on 5 June in the Iraqi city of Mosul, authorities say, and the violence is spreading. “The situation facing children is extremely alarming. Their lives have been shattered almost overnight by the escalating violence,” said Marzio Babille, UNICEF Representative in Iraq. Thousands of children have taken refuge in schools, hospitals and mosques outside Mosul, many of them without adequate water, sanitation, or shelter from the scorching heat. Inside Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, UNICEF has received reports that none of the five hospitals is functioning. Shops and markets are closed. “The situation is dire and is worsening by the moment,” Babille…
Dr. Jacqueline Carol Badcock, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG) and Resident Coordinator (RC), Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) today updated donor country representatives on UN assistance to those affected by the ongoing conflict in Anbar. As of 21st of May the number of internally displaced families has reached 72.325. DSRSG Badcock highlighted the important work the UN and its non-government partners are doing to meet life savings and critical needs of those displaced. This included providing emergency shelter, food, basic household items, water and sanitation, education, logistics support and medical supplies. The UN is also assisting with registering the displaced, providing protection to the particularly vulnerable such as women and children, and facilitating access to legal…
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