Approximately 2.8 million people have been displaced within Iraq by the conflict between the Government of Iraq, Govern­ment of Kurdistan and armed opposition groups, including ISIS. Assets have been destroyed, transportation routes are more dangerous, and social tensions are exacerbated. This has disrupted the livelihoods of both internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities. Both the IDP and host communities attempt to protect women and girls by restricting their mobility. This has limited women’s ability to participate in livelihoods, and they are mainly now confined to their homes. As men are the primary breadwinners in Iraq/Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), support for their livelihoods is imperative for the recovery of both IDP and host families, as well as to gain…
Erbil/Köln: In the year or so since the mass exodus of Iraqis from Mosul and the Sinjar Mountains, more than three million people in Iraq have fled from the ISIS terror group. The United Nations estimate that a further 1.7 million will be added to this number before the end of the year. Malteser International is therefore planning to expand its mobile medical aid in the country. “We are keeping our aid measures mobile to be able to react quickly and effectively to new population displacements, and bring people who are suffering the help that they need,” said Malteser International’s Emergency Relief Manager Nicole Müller shortly after her return from northern Iraq. Malteser International currently provides medical care for refugees…
On August 3, last year, Basma’s* home in Iraq’s far northern Sinjar district was suddenly under attack. Her family hid inside the house for two days as members of ISIS rounded up families, killing men and taking women and girls captive. The group already controlled large swaths of land in Syria and northwestern Iraq, and now was setting its sights on Sinjar. As the armed men drew closer, Basma fled on foot with her three small children to the barren mountains of Sinjar. She was forced to leave behind her husband who had a broken leg. Basma and thousands of others trekked up into the mountains for safety, but soon found themselves under siege with ISIS surrounding them below. Some…
Water is a source of life”, how many times we have heard this sentence? While drinking, while washing our clothes, cleaning our houses. Now, during summer time, with the big heat under which people are living, this sentence is much more important. Especially for the ones living in difficult conditions, forced to leave their houses and to find refugees in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This is why ACF, UPP and NCA, three international NGOs working to support the displaced people in the region, are launching a campaign on water conservation. Starting from the 26th of July, orientation workers and hygiene promoters of those NGOs will work to raise awareness in camps and non-camps areas. Suggesting how to better save water,…
Iraqi al-Amal Association with support of the Embassy of France in Iraq – Service of Cooperation and Cultural Action office implemented this project from November 2014 to May 2015, The information contained in this publication has been compiled, analyzed, and organized by Iraqi researcher; Ms. Ala Ali, who served as research director, and with the support of fifteen activists from Nineveh Province that formed the research team. This conflict analysis study in Nineveh is a major local research project, which seeks to promote sustainable peace opportunities in Nineveh province and in Iraq as an end result. For this study we utilized a combination of different approaches, bringing together the theoretical and the practical for data collection such as, focus group…
Five years after the conflict in Syria began, the situation for the almost four million refugees living across the Middle East, and many of the communities who are generously hosting them, is increasingly defined by an unfolding shelter crisis. Those who have escaped the violence in Syria are struggling to find basic shelter for their families. Host communities are also severely affected as they are forced to compete with refugees to access services or secure a roof over their heads. This is creating a strain on inter-communal relations, with the risk of further tensions as the crisis goes on. Supporting the countries that neighbour Syria to address the shelter needs of both refugees and local communities is critical. Local housing markets and municipal infrastructure are unable to cope. Rent is the single highest expenditure for…
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