Faced with the important displacements of Iraqi populations, who left their homes to seek security in the Kurdish region, Handicap International decided to launch an emergency response. From June 2014, the organization has been setting up teams with the mission to identify the specific needs of people with injuries or disabilities. After a first individual assessment, our teams provide direct services such as rehabilitation sessions, mobility aids and assistive devices, and organize the referral of the persons who require it towards the appropriate service provider. As of 8th August, 413 persons requiring special assistance have already been identified. ”This figure is likely to be multiplied by two in the coming weeks, explains Benedetta Di Cintio, Head of Mission for Handicap…
In cooperation with the UNHCR the Danish Refugee Council signed an agreement with the authorities of the Kurdish region of Iraq to provide expert assistance in the establishment of 13 new refugee camps to house 3-400.000 Iraqi displaced. The Kurdish region of Iraq has received 220,000 Syrian refugees, and up to 600,000 displaced Iraqis have followed as a result of militant attacks in Iraq since June this year. "We are faced with a serious capacity problem - the Kurdish authorities do what they can, but displaced families are forced to find shelter in school buildings, over-crowded camps or even in the street. The situation is untenable, not least bearing in mind that winter sets in in a few month. In…
On the 17th of August, 2014, CDO travelled to Haji Awa sub-district within the Ranya district of Sulaymaniyah governorate to distribute children’s clothing, children’s shoes, dried milk and men’s shirts to refugees and IDPs originating from the Kurdish region of Turkey. In 2012, owing to the ongoing conflict and increasing intensity of violence in Turkey between PKK (Kurdish Worker’s Party) and the Turkish State, 12,700 individuals associated fled to safety to Makhmur camp in the district of Erbil, Kurdistan. However, this year, owing to increasing violence and security issues due to advancements of the Islamic State (IS), 3,400 of these individuals have been forced to flee to safety in Haji Awa within the Sulaymaniyah governorate of Kurdistan. First refugees, now…
19 Aug 2014
The plight of Iraqis fleeing persecution is a tragedy on an epic level, says Caritas Iraq. They’re working with Caritas Internationalis organisations to reach thousands of people in need. More than 1 million people have fled their homes in northern and central Iraq as religious 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. Their belongings are taken at Islamic State checkpoints. Women and girls have been kidnapped. Those fleeing have arrived in Erbil, Dohuk and surrounding areas with nothing. “The biggest challenge is shelter. Many families are living in out in the open. They…
The most recent rash of violence in the Sinjar area of Iraq has forced 200,000 more people to flee for safety, including thousands of families who were trapped hiding in the mountains for nearly a week. Many displaced families are staying in crowded homes in urban host communities or have taken shelter in public schools and mosques. Others are in transit or living in makeshift displacement sites that have been established in more rural areas. Waves of fighting in Iraq since January have left a total of 1.4 million people displaced and on the run. As the insurgent conflict continues to spread through Iraq, the humanitarian consequences of such a massive displacement of people are mounting. Most people only have…
On the 10th and 11th of August 2014, ACTED’s Child Protection and Assessment and Monitoring teams conducted a rapid assessment of the location and needs of internally displaced children and caregivers who had recently arrived in the Ainkawa district of Erbil city. Through interviews with community focal points the following matters were observed: IDP girls and boys have experienced a wide variety of issues during displacement, including psychosocial distress, limited access to basic resources and a lack of a unsafe environment. IDP children face or are at risk of facing violent attacks. IDP children are at increased risk of exploitation including child labour. There are no available child-friendly activities for children, and children are not engaged in any activities. There…