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Firas Abdul-Khalik, an aid worker with Islamic Relief’s Baghdad office, reflects on the human consequences of conflict in Iraq – and our efforts to end deepening social injustice. Iraq has witnessed a great deal of suffering throughout its modern history. Devastating conflicts and their enduring legacies have plunged people into vulnerability and poverty. Orphaned children, widowed women, disabled people and those who have been forced from their homes amidst fighting are the most vulnerable in the country. The current crisis began in late 2013, when tensions escalated into armed clashes in Anbar governorate. Hundreds of thousands fled, seeking safety elsewhere. Today, some 96,000 Anbar families are thought to be displaced. In 2014, fighting erupted in the northern city of Mosul…
Fighting in the so-called Islamic State has forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes in Iraq´s Anbar, Salahuddin and Nineveh provinces. Many have fled in dramatic circumstances, only carrying their personal belongings. More than 850 000 internal refugees have found refuge in Iraq´s Kurdistan region, according to the UN. Only a fraction of these live in refugee camps, the rest have found shelter in rented houses, schools or public halls. Every fifth refugee is reported to be living in unfinished accommodation with no electricity, water or heating. Temperatures during this time of year drop to around zero during the night. People in Need has helped 2322 such internal refugees since the autumn and is at present distributing…
This Appeal replaces the former Iraq Population Movement appeal (n° MDRIQ006) initially launched in July 2014 and the Iraq element of the Regional Appeal for Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq Population Movement (no MDR81003), and seeks a total of CHF 19m to support the Iraq Red Crescent’s capacity to respond to the needs of IDPs and Syrian refugees affected by the Iraq and Syria crises respectively, with a focus on the delivery of food and basic non-food items, hygiene kits, winterization assistance, and disaster preparedness and disaster management capacity building. Appeal n° MDRIQ006 has been closed. With the remaining funds of some CHF 1.6m (based on a provisional statement of accounts) to be transferred to Appeal n° MDRIQ007 based on donor’s…
Testimony before House commission highlights extensive humanitarian needs Washington, DC – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps is calling on the United States Congress to expand humanitarian assistance and take a series of other decisive steps to help address ongoing humanitarian concerns in Iraq. In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Mercy Corps highlighted multiple challenges in the conflict-torn nation. “With the arrival of heavy winter rains and subzero temperatures, shelter and winterization supplies are a paramount concern for some 800,000 internally displaced Iraqis,” says Andrea Koppel, Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy at Mercy Corps, in her testimony to the congressional commission. “At least 940,000 Iraqis lack adequate food and essential household…
November 5th, 15h-17h, Room P1CO51, Building Paul-HenrySpaak, European Parliament: meeting with Iraqi civil society delegation. Un ponte per… is organizing the visit of an Iraqi civil society delegation (men and women, minorities) to the European Parliament on November 5th from 15h to 17h for a meeting with MEPs. The meeting will provide an opportunity to discover the point of view of the Iraqi civil society, gathered in the platform “Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initative” (ICSSI), about what is happening in the country, and to learn about their proposals for social and political reforms. The delegation – composed of 3 women and 2 men – will present the major campaigns carried out in Iraq by the platform ICSSI, concerning the rights…
“My hope?” asked Hadji Mahmoud, 52-year-old Iraqi father. “I want to return home with my family. We may have a tent roof over our heads here, but this not what we want.” Hadji Mahmoud is one of thousands of Iraqis who have been forced to leave their homes and belongings behind in the Mount Sinjar region of northern Iraq. He lives now in Khanke camp, in one tent with his wife and nine children. “The journey was very long and exhausting. We had to sleep in the open for one week as we walked from Sinjar to Dohuk. My 4-year-old son, Honar, was about to die from thirst,” Hadji Mahmoud said. He arrived in Dohuk mid-July after the Yazidi community…
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