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IOM Iraq Crisis Response Weekly Situation Report #5: Weekly Update for 14 - 20 September

Displacement

IDP Families: 287,572

Individuals: 1,725,432

Locations: 1,715

International Organization for Migration:

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KRG officials examine situation of displaced people and refugees in Duhok province

Duhok, Kurdistan, Iraq (KRG.org) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, and senior KRG officials arrived in Duhok today to examine and follow-up the situation of families displaced from Sinjar, the Ninevah plains, and surrounding areas currently sheltered in districts of the Duhok governorate.

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In talks with arriving world leaders, UN chief spotlights climate change, Ebola, regional cooperation

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UN News Service

21 September 2014 – Ahead of this week's opening of the United Nations General Assembly's annual high-level session Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed a host of top Government officials throughout the day, continuing the tradition of meeting arriving world leaders for one-on-one talks spotlighting key international issues.

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Zarif: Iran welcomes any initiative to assist Iraqi, Syrian people

New York, Sept 22, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said here Sunday in a meeting with Head of Red Cross Wounded and Missing People Committee Peter Moore that Iran welcomes any initiative to assist the Iraqi and Syrian people in need.

Zarif in the meeting referred to the raised worries about the expansion of the criminal acts committed by the terrorists in the region, announcing Iran's readiness for increased cooperation with the International Red Cross Society (ICRC) aimed at assisting the Iraqi and Syrian nations.

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Australia provides assistance to women and girls in Iraq

Today I announce that Australia will provide $2 million in assistance to support the hundreds of thousands of women and girls affected by the ongoing violence in Iraq.

This is part of the Australian Government’s efforts to help Iraq protect its people from the terror and brutality of ISIL.

Women and girls are bearing the brunt of this conflict as ISIL targets women, children and minorities for sexual violence and expectant mothers are forced to flee their homes.

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Iraq IDP Crisis Situation Report No. 12 (13 September – 19 September 2014)

Highlights

  • The influx of 171,500 IDPs in Najaf, Kerbala and Diwaniya has overloaded water and sanitation infrastructure.

  • IDPs in unfinished buildings, in the open or in schools are the most vulnerable. Systematic planning is needed for IDPs relocation to dignified shelter solutions and for the rehabilitation of schools before educational activities can resume.

  • Since 7 September 900 IDP families have returned from the Kurdistan Region to the Al-Qosh sub-district.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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UNHCR Iraq Operational Update: Internally Displaced Persons (1 – 15 September 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 8 September, Iraq formed a new unity government. UN Special Representative for Iraq Nikolai Mladenov underscored the importance of a government that speaks for all Iraqis. “Forming a new and inclusive government that has wide national support is critical to the future of the country,” he said. While most Ministerial posts have been filled, the appointment of Ministers for the Interior and for Defence is still outstanding.

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“Rights of People to Peace”, celebrated today by the UN and the Iraqi Council of Representatives

Baghdad, 21 September 2014 – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Parliament Speaker, Dr. Salim Al-Juburi today hosted a ceremony to mark the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated each year around the world on 21 September. The ceremony was held at the Council of Representatives in the presence of numerous political dignitaries, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, women’s NGOs and youth organizations.

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IS fighters close in on Syria border town as thousands flee

09/21/2014 22:35 GMT

by Philippe Alfroy

MURSITPINAR, September 21, 2014 (AFP) - Islamic State militants closed in on Syria's third-largest Kurdish town on Sunday as tens of thousands of people fled in terror across the border into Turkey.

The UN refugee agency said as many as 70,000 Syrian Kurds had streamed into Turkey since Friday, and solidarity demonstrations by Turkish Kurds on the border prompted clashes with security forces.

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Noon Briefing Media Headlines – Friday, September 19

The Iraqi Ministry of Health, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, successfully concluded a mass polio immunization campaign in all 18 governorates on Thursday, immunizing millions of children across the country.

The five-day campaign which was conducted between 14 and 18 September is part of an ongoing national response to the re-emergence of the polio virus in Iraq earlier this year and comes at a time when the number of children displaced by ongoing conflicts continues to increase.

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Security Council urges international support for Government’s combat against insurgents

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UN News Service

19 September 2014 – The Security Council today strongly condemned attacks by terrorist organizations including the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and urged Member States to assist the Iraqi Government’s efforts to combat militants and implement its new political agenda, while the United Nations envoy to the country briefed on the latest developments.

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UNFPA established the first soccer field in Domiz Camp for Syrian Refugees

Duhok, Iraq— The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), this week, inaugurated the first soccer pitch in the Domiz Camp for Syrian Refugees to enable the youth there exercise their favorite game.

The soccer field which was established in cooperation with the Domiz Camp Administration is funded by the Kuwaiti government and The US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

Playing soccer and organizing different activities keeps the youth of the camp occupied positively, according to Radouane Belouali, UNFPA chief of operations in Iraq.

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Iraq Crisis Situation Report #6, 15 September 2014

Highlights

  • WFP is now reaching 12 governorates in Iraq, success-fully distributing food in the southern governorate of Muthanna for the first time.

  • WFP welcomed and assisted Emergency Relief Coordi-nator Baroness Valerie Amos on her visit to the Khanke Camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Duhok, western Iraq.

  • A EUR 2 million donation received from the German Government has helped WFP serve 6 million hot meals to 220,620 people fleeing from the Sinjar crisis.

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Ensuring quality education for young refugees from Syria : Mapping exercise on quality education for young refugees from Syria (12-25 years)

The Syrian crisis has uprooted the largest number of refugees in recent history. Half of the refugee population are children and young people forced to flee from home and rebuild their lives not knowing if or when return may be possible. It is clear that the initial emergency relief initiatives for Syria’s refugee crisis must now evolve to develop longer-term strategies. This mapping exercise focuses in on refugee youth education, a crucial yet often overlooked element in Syria’s humanitarian response. This report addresses the educational status of refugees from Syria aged 12-25 years.

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Norway promises increased support for Iraq

‘Today’s meeting of the Security Council sends an important signal of international support for Iraq in its fight against the extremist organisation ISIL,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Mr Brende gave an address about the situation in Iraq to the UN Security Council on Friday. He made it clear that Norway will assist Iraq in its fight against ISIL through political, military and not least humanitarian support.

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Iraq Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #6 - Fiscal Year 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID/OFDA airlifts approximately 54 metric tons (MT) of relief commodities from its warehouse in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the city of Erbil

  • U.N. has expended approximately $308 million of the $500 million the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) had pledged to the Iraq response in June

  • Iraqi refugee caseloads continue to increase in Jordan and Lebanon

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Geographical Divide in Maternal Health for Syrian Refugees

By Shelly Kittleson

DOHUK, Iraq, Sep 19 2014 (IPS) - At the largest refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, young Syrian mothers and pregnant women are considered relatively lucky.

The number of registered Syrian refugees surpassed 3 million in late August, with the highest concentrations in Lebanon (over 1.1 million), Turkey (over 800,000), and Jordan (over 600,000). In all of the above, serious concerns have been expressed about the availability of healthcare services for expectant mothers.

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Response to the IDP Crisis in Iraq: Displacement Tracking Matrix | DTM Report II of Round VI, September 2014

Introduction

The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is an IOM information management tool that gathers specific information regarding the condition of displaced persons across the country. DTM data is presently being published and disseminated every two weeks. For the time period January to September 2014 the DTM identified 1,725,432 internally displaced individuals dispersed across 1,715 distinct locations in Iraq. The HCT planning figure remains at 1.8 million IDPs. This planning figure is largely based on the data collected through the DTM.

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Iraqi neighbourhood holds out against jihadists

09/19/2014 14:53 GMT

by W.G. Dunlop

DHULUIYAH, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Caught between jihadists and the Tigris River, residents of one neighbourhood in a Sunni town in Iraq have taken up arms alongside security forces and held out for months.

If the fighters, police and soldiers defending the Jubur area in Dhuluiyah north of Baghdad repel the Islamic State (IS) -- a Sunni jihadist group -- it would be a powerful symbol of resistance for the forces battling against it.

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