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25 Aug 2014
More than 1 million people have fled their homes in northern and central Iraq as Sunni Muslim extremists calling themselves Islamic State have seized Ninewa, Salah Al-Din and Diyala provinces. Many of those who have fled are Christians, Yazidis and Shia Muslims. They have been singled out for attacks. The conflict has led to the closure of Caritas Iraq’s centres in Qaraqosh, Bartilla and Alqosh. Many of the Caritas Iraq staff are now in Erbil supporting distributions to people now housed in church compounds and other centres. Working with CRS, Caritas Iraq has also begun providing aid in the Dohuk and Zakho close to the Turkey and Syria borders. There are hundreds of thousands of people in need there –…
The humanitarian situation in northern and western parts of Iraq is dire. The untold suffering of minority groups as a result of escalating violence and attacks is unacceptable and the violation of international human rights and humanitarian laws is despicable. This must be stopped immediately. There are reports of gross human rights violations, especially committed against women and children, which could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.As international faith based humanitarian and development organisations and networks, we are utterly shocked at the horrific wave of attacks that has so far led to the killing of many and left hundreds of thousands more homeless, desperate and in flight. We are further concerned and saddened by the many cases of…
21 Aug 2014

Caritas stands with Iraqi people

Thursday, 21 August 2014
This article is based on an open letter to Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Babylon and Msgr. Shlemon Warduni, President of Caritas Iraq. It’s with great sorrow that we must witness destructive violence in Iraq. It’s with aching hearts that we observe the massive displacement of 1.2 million people. Most of them are civilians trying to escape appalling atrocities in the hope of saving their lives and their families. It grieves us to see images of people who have been robbed of every possession. They have been left with no means to buy food or attend to their basic needs. We know that many people have lost their lives in flight, such as 40 children who died from lack of…
Following recent fighting in the North of Iraq, a humanitarian crisis is taking place before the eyes of the humanitarian community. In total, 850,000 people have fled the fighting over the last two months. Over the last seven days alone, 350,000 people have found refuge in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where the humanitarian community is working to respond to the urgent needs. The situation in the Sinjar mountains is even more worrying, where tens of thousands of people of the Yazidi community, already victims of mass atrocities, are cut off from the refuge area of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and consequently from all humanitarian aid. Entire families are now fighting for survival, with no access to basic essential…
05 Aug 2014
Broadening Participation through Civil Society (BPCS/Musharaka) and Access to Justice would like to better understand the challenges facing Iraqi civil society organizations, their staff/volunteers, and beneficiaries. To help inform potential support we invite you to complete the following short online survey. Participation is voluntary, and can be anonymous if you prefer. Your honest and thoughtful responses are appreciated. Survey Link: English/Arabic Survey Link: English/Kurdish
05 Aug 2014
“We are deeply concerned about the last month’s advancements of ISIL on Iraq and Syria and the lack of international engagement,” says Secretary General of Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), Liv Tørres.Since mid-June, Iraq’s northern provinces of Nineveh, Salah al-Din and Diyala, along with al-Anbar in the west of Iraq have been controlled mainly by ‘The Islamic State in Iraq and Levant’ (ISIL). Encouraged by their recent successes in Iraq - as well as increased access to weapons and money - ISIL has been able to expand its presence in Syria, where it has developed into a major military force since April 2013. In particular, ISIL has managed to establish a contiguous area from the Iraqi border, through the regions of…
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