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31 Jan 2015 description

Please see the latest information on today’s Kirkuk violence

  1. The situation in Kirkuk is under control , but remains tense, following fighting between ISIL militants and Kurdish Peshmerga forces late Thursday night / Friday morning. For security reasons, a ll UN staff were safely relocated to Erbil on Friday morning .

30 Jan 2015 description

As we enter into the month of February, the weather has remained inclement for Iraqi refugees fleeing violence. Many families have settled into unfinished housing projects, while Catholic Relief Services (CRS) responds by fitting these buildings with doors and insulated windows. CRS is also distributing essential supplies and constructing playgrounds where, in the midst of war, children can still be children. Catholic News Services has more:

30 Jan 2015 description

The Committee covered the UK response to the recent Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The Committee questioned representatives from Medecins Sans Frontieres – including a doctor recently returned from Sierra Leone - and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on the current situation on the ground.

The Committee then questioned the Secretary of State for International Development Rt Hon Justine Greening MP on the UK response to the Ebola crisis, and healthcare issues more widely.

30 Jan 2015 description

Iraq - IOM Iraq’s new Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) has identified 2,176,764 internally displaced people (IDPs) in the 13-month period since January 2014.

The revised DTM methodology has expanded its field data collection to include a Group Assessment component that gathers information through a network of key informants.

29 Jan 2015 description

With the humanitarian situation worsening every day, growing numbers of people inside Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries are in need of assistance. The European Union is increasing its assistance to the Syria crisis by €136 million in humanitarian funding, half of which will go to needs inside Syria via cross-border assistance from neighbouring countries, and the other half to Syrian refugees and host communities in neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

29 Jan 2015 description

NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS:

In Egypt, RRP partners continued the implementation of the socio‐economic assessment, with interviews being carried out in Greater Cairo and preparations underway for the start of interviews in Alexandria and Damietta. Training was also carried out on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and Livelihoods for 16 caseworkers from partner agencies implementing the graduation project. At the end of the third quarter of 2014, almost 550 individuals had been employed and 370 supported to start a business.

29 Jan 2015 description

NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS:

In Egypt, 97,312 beneficiaries were reached with food assistance in November, with more than USD 2.7 million injected into the local economy through food vouchers during the month.

29 Jan 2015 description

OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS:

Projects to enhance social cohesion take on a wide variety of forms across the region. In Egypt, the Outa Hamra (Red Tomatoes) Troupe, composed of Egyptian, Syrian, and European artists, gave a performance during October on personal stories and songs from different cultures to a large audience from the Syrian and Egyptian communities. The troupe’s performances are part of a Community Support Project (CSP) which aims to engage impacted Egyptian communities and refugees from different countries through theatre and other artistic events.

29 Jan 2015 description

OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS:

In Egypt, RRP6 partners have extended support to the Ministry of Health and Population Expanded Program on Immunization for its national anti‐Polio campaign during October. The campaign targeted more than 17 million children under five, including some 27,000 refugee children. The support was in the form of disseminating information about the campaign through SMS, Facebook and flyers. This is the second round of national anti‐Polio campaign in 2014.