28 Jan 2014
The Heartland Alliance, a US organization that deals with human rights issues, has tracked 100 cases of human trafficking in Iraq during the past two years.Razan Dyler, a representative of the organization in Iraq, told Al-Monitor, “It was very difficult to track these cases, which occurred throughout the Iraqi provinces, including some in Iraqi Kurdistan. The situation in the latter is even more complicated [than in the rest of Iraq], in light of the absence of laws criminalizing human trafficking in the region. Thus, people can easily carry out trafficking there, and the perpetrators have no reservations and fear nothing.”Dyler added that the majority of the cases the organization has tracked involve human organ trafficking, female sex trafficking and child…
Baghdad, 21 January 2014 – Following an exponential increase in the number of displaced and stranded families by the ongoing fighting in several cities and towns in the province of Anbar, and their growing needs, the United Nations in Iraq is scaling up its support to the humanitarian response. As of 20 January, 22,151 families have registered as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), mainly in Anbar Governorate, but also in Erbil, Salah-Al-Din, Kerbala, Babylon, Najaf, and Baghdad. The actual number of displaced is presumed to be higher, as not all those who have been displaced have been registered.“Reaching the people affected by the fighting remains a significant challenge. The UN in Iraq continues to work closely with the Government of Iraq,…
Baghdad/Geneva (ICRC) – Thousands of civilians who fled the ongoing violence in Al Anbar in search of safety are enduring considerable hardship. Responding to their growing needs, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has delivered food and essential supplies over the past few days to nearly 12,000 displaced people in Saqlawiya, Ramadi, Heet, Habbaniya, Abu Ghraib, Rahalliya, Nasaf, Fallujah and Tikrit, as well as in the areas north of Babel and west of Karbala."During the aid distribution we encountered a group of around 65 people, many of them children, who were all staying in the same four-room house," said Rashid Hasan, an ICRC delegate who participated in a distribution of aid in Tikrit. "People are struggling hard to…
19 Jan 2014
Invisible at the best of times, persons with disabilities (PWD) are among the most neglected during displacement. Due to communication or physical barriers, negative attitudes or other obstacles, PWD face hurdles in accessing assistance and protection. It is therefore important to ensure that these barriers and obstacles are removed by all actors, so that people with disabilities can enjoy equal protection and rights during their displacement in and around Domiz. The objective of the Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) was to understand the situation of children, youth and adults with disabilities within and around Domiz camp, in Northern Iraq. The RNA findings will contribute to an evidence base for inclusive protection for actors involved in the humanitarian response to the Syrian…
German artist Reinhard Kleist travelled to Kawergosk camp in northern Iraq to conduct an art workshop for Syrian refugee children aged 8 to 14 years. The children drew pictures of what they missed the most from their home and lives in Syria that they were forced to leave behind. The children were able to interact with the artist, to express their creativity and spend time in a safe and child friendly environment. Reinhard Kleist is one of several artists being sent to refugee camps around the world as part of a project launched by Franco-German TV channel ARTE in collaboration with UNHCR, to collect and promote children’s artwork, produce photos and documentaries and hold workshops and interactive games with children…
16 Jan 2014
The World Health Organization for Iraq has dispatched 2 tons of medicines and medical supplies to Faluja and Ramadi in Anbar Governorate in response to the appeal of the Ministry of Health and Anbar Directorate of Health for medical aid to contain the acute health needs emerging from the ongoing conflict in the said governorate. "The capacity to adequately and rapidly respond to the increased needs has been overwhelmed by the task at hand" said WHO representative Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain. He further added: "WHO has accumulated a wealth of experience in responding to emergencies in Iraq and have already started to respond to the most urgent needs including provisions of life saving medications/trauma kits and the support to immunization…