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This Appeal replaces the former Iraq Population Movement appeal (n° MDRIQ006) initially launched in July 2014 and the Iraq element of the Regional Appeal for Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq Population Movement (no MDR81003), and seeks a total of CHF 19m to support the Iraq Red Crescent’s capacity to respond to the needs of IDPs and Syrian refugees affected by the Iraq and Syria crises respectively, with a focus on the delivery of food and basic non-food items, hygiene kits, winterization assistance, and disaster preparedness and disaster management capacity building. Appeal n° MDRIQ006 has been closed. With the remaining funds of some CHF 1.6m (based on a provisional statement of accounts) to be transferred to Appeal n° MDRIQ007 based on donor’s…
Testimony before House commission highlights extensive humanitarian needs Washington, DC – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps is calling on the United States Congress to expand humanitarian assistance and take a series of other decisive steps to help address ongoing humanitarian concerns in Iraq. In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Mercy Corps highlighted multiple challenges in the conflict-torn nation. “With the arrival of heavy winter rains and subzero temperatures, shelter and winterization supplies are a paramount concern for some 800,000 internally displaced Iraqis,” says Andrea Koppel, Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy at Mercy Corps, in her testimony to the congressional commission. “At least 940,000 Iraqis lack adequate food and essential household…
November 5th, 15h-17h, Room P1CO51, Building Paul-HenrySpaak, European Parliament: meeting with Iraqi civil society delegation. Un ponte per… is organizing the visit of an Iraqi civil society delegation (men and women, minorities) to the European Parliament on November 5th from 15h to 17h for a meeting with MEPs. The meeting will provide an opportunity to discover the point of view of the Iraqi civil society, gathered in the platform “Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initative” (ICSSI), about what is happening in the country, and to learn about their proposals for social and political reforms. The delegation – composed of 3 women and 2 men – will present the major campaigns carried out in Iraq by the platform ICSSI, concerning the rights…
“My hope?” asked Hadji Mahmoud, 52-year-old Iraqi father. “I want to return home with my family. We may have a tent roof over our heads here, but this not what we want.” Hadji Mahmoud is one of thousands of Iraqis who have been forced to leave their homes and belongings behind in the Mount Sinjar region of northern Iraq. He lives now in Khanke camp, in one tent with his wife and nine children. “The journey was very long and exhausting. We had to sleep in the open for one week as we walked from Sinjar to Dohuk. My 4-year-old son, Honar, was about to die from thirst,” Hadji Mahmoud said. He arrived in Dohuk mid-July after the Yazidi community…
As Australian fighter jets drop their first bombs over Iraq, aid agency Save the Children stresses that military action by all must remain in line with humanitarian law and prioritise the protection of children and other civilians. Aram Shakaram, Save the Children’s Program Director in Iraq said: “Children are already the innocent victims bearing the brunt of this war. Traumatised by the brutality of fighting even before the latest bombing, children are also at risk of being injured or killed as these air strikes are scaled up. It is the responsibility of all parties involved to make sure children and other civilians are kept safe.” The children’s aid agency is particularly concerned about the on-going use of explosive weapons in…
23 Sep 2014

ICSSI - Loyalty to Sinjar

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
"Loyalty to Sinjar" is an Iraqi campaign aimed at the Iraqi government, regional authorities in Kurdistan, and the UN mission in Iraq to coordinate the opening of a central location where the grave human rights violations now being committed can be documented. The killings, kidnappings and displacement now occurring in Sinjar must be formally recorded for later use as evidence, if the case of Sinjar is to be presented to the International Criminal Court as crimes of genocide. The people of Sinjar continue to suffer due to crimes committed against them by extremists and members of DAAES (Islamic State). The displacement and loss experienced by Iraqi families has not abated, and not enough is being done to record and keep…
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