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08 Apr 2014
UPP started a long-lasting, fruitful cooperation with the Iraqi National Libraries and Archives (INLA) in Baghdad since 2004. Several cooperation projects have been implemented since then, with the aim of strengthening the skills of INLA staff in technical fields such as book preservation, conservation and digitization. Similar projects run by UPP have been involving religious entities in both Baghdad and KRG, with the aim of safeguarding the historical written heritage of several communities like Armenian, Baha'i, Chaldean, Sabean-Mandean, Shabak, Syriac, Turkmen and Yazidi. Next projects will be focusing on strengthening the role of youth amongst some of the same communities. At present, UPP is implementing a cultural project funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Municipality…
As the agency responsible for Camp Management in both Darashakran and Kawergosk refugee camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), ACTED has recently been involved in far more than its regular activities. Two celebrations shone through this month: International Women’s Day, and Newroz. On March 8th, ACTED took a day to celebrate the women of Syria who unfortunately find themselves displaced from their homes. In both Darashakran and Kawergosk, women were able to partake in activities ranging from CV workshops to talent shows. In the latter, a myriad of talents shone through, with women reciting poetry, singing, making handicrafts, and sharing their drawings. Participants described feeling joy and appreciation at being put in the spotlight for a day. Towards…
06 Apr 2014
Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid! ICSSI calls on the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the situation of human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to make an urgent visit to Iraq as a first step towards providing protection for human rights defenders, particularly journalists - three have been killed in March 2014 in Iraq. >> Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council? On March 22 in Baghdad the Iraqi Social Forum and the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, in cooperation with the Baghdad Provincial Council,…
Funded by UNHCR, UIMS started the project of a Medical Health Center in the Syrian Refugee Camp in Al-Obeidi At the beginning, we renovated and re-arranged all medical sections such as the emergency section, the clinic and the pharmacy that will be working throughout the day, we also re-arranged the laboratory section that works for more than 12 hours a day to provide a full laboratory analysis for patients. The specialists section also started running smoothly, four specialists in various specialization work on six different days a week. Also in the first period of Management of the Center by UIMS, we bought a mini-bus for the referral of non-critical cases to receive the best medical care possible. In addition there…
03 Apr 2014

UIMS - The Green Initiative

Thursday, 03 April 2014
The Green Initiative was launched under the guidance of the presidency of UIMS to decorate the medical center. The initiative gave a beautiful green atmosphere of peace and love to the center. The clinic's staff also put up many poster of famous Syrian locations inside the clinic to make the patients feel better and make them feel like they are not far from home. Many of the staff of UIMS have contributed to this initiative and there was also a significant contribution from the management of Al-Obeidi hospital, Al-Qaim Hospital and the UNHCR field team. The most important participation however came from Syrian refugees who built a nice fence around the gardens at the entrance of the clinic.
The Anbar crisis escalated into armed conflict by the end of December 2013. At the centre of the armed conflict were the two largest cities of Anbar province, Fallujah and Ramadi. Use of firearms and rockets within the city boundaries forced residents of Fallujah and Ramadi to flee their hometowns. By March 2014, about 65,000 families had been displaced, mostly to other cities of Anbar but also as far north as the KRG and as far south as Basrah. The severity of the conflict resulted in the whole province being classified by the UN with the security severity level of “very high” or code Black. This meant severe restrictions on movement of UN staff. Consequently many areas remain inaccessible to…