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28 Apr 2016 description

Baghdad, Iraq, 28 April 2016 - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) expresses concern over the decision by the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission ordering the closure of the offices of the Al Jazeera satellite news network in Baghdad. While fully respecting the prerogatives of the Commission, at times of crisis a free media – even if opinions are contested, rejected or disliked – becomes even more essential to safeguard the public interest and protect democracy.

28 Apr 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 26 Apr 2016): 154,553

Total arrivals in Greece during Apr 2016: 3,101

Average daily arrivals during Apr 2016: 119

Average daily arrivals during Mar 2016: 870

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 17

Dead and missing 272 dead - 152 missing (2015) 132 dead - 24 missing (9 April. 2016)

28 Apr 2016 description
report Save the Children

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

According to UNHCR 4,842,896 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. In 2014 more than 895,000 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 2,500 per day. In 2015 more than 877,000 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 2,400 per day. Children now make up 51.7% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,503,777 refugee children in the region.

28 Apr 2016 description

In Cairo:
Riham Mustafa
Phone: +20 2 2461 4230
E-mail: rmustafa@ifc.org

In Washington, D.C.:
Laura MacInnis
Phone: +1 202 473 6978
E-mail: lmacinnis@ifc.org

28 Apr 2016 description

Erbil, 26 April 2016 – The progress achieved under the project Establishing a Building Control Regime for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), was discussed in a ministerial meeting today in Erbil. Ministers of Planning, Municipalities and Tourism, Housing and Construction, Head of Board of Investment, and Governor of Erbil attended the meeting.

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BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a digital cash card programme to provide food assistance to thousands of displaced Iraqi families and Syrian refugees across Iraq.

Through electronic cards, known as SCOPE cards, WFP is providing both cash and voucher assistance to people in need, allowing them to choose and buy their own food from local shops across the country.

28 Apr 2016 description

Highlights:

  1. March 2016 was marked by the closing of the Balkan route to Europe on March 8 and the implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement on March 20. These developments have resulted in slowing arrivals to Greece while refugees and other mixed migrants find new ways to enter Europe.

28 Apr 2016 description

By Marla Pierson Lester

ERBIL, Iraq – Even short-term projects can offer tools that help uprooted families reshape their own futures.

In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, a three-month sewing project supported by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) gave Syrian refugees an intensive introduction to sewing Kurdish styles of traditional clothing, as well as children’s clothes and pajamas.

28 Apr 2016 description

Iraq is experiencing a double crisis of displacement. Syrian refugees, which currently total over 244,5271 individuals, have fled the armed conflict in Syria and have sought refuge primarily in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Compounding this crisis is the larger scale internal displacement of Iraqis who continue to flee areas controlled by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the subsequent military operations by government and allied forces to regain territory.

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April 27th, 2016 ― Doha: As per the guidance of H.E. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, Qatar Development Fund (QDF) and Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) signed this morning an agreement to conduct a series of immediate humanitarian interventions for the beleaguered and displaced Iraqis in Fallujah.

The pact was signed by Mr. Misfir Hamad Al-Shahwani, Executive Director of Project Development, QDF, and Mr. Nayef Faisal Al-Mohannadi, Director of Human Resources and Administrative Services, QRCS, in lieu of the Secretary-General, Mr. Saleh bin Ali Al-Mohannadi.

28 Apr 2016 description
report Kuwait News Agency

KUWAIT, April 27 (KUNA) -- Minister of Justice, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yacoub Al-Sanea stressed Kuwait's keenness on backing humanitarian issues and aiding needy people regardless of their race, religion or sex across the world.

The minister made the statement in a speech while inaugurating the 15th meeting of General Assembly of International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) on Wednesday.

28 Apr 2016 description

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is today signing a three-year agreement with Save the Children on education in situations of crisis and conflict. 'Support for education in crises and conflicts is more important than ever. In addition to signing this agreement, we are also giving NOK 63 million to Save the Children's education efforts in Syria and Iraq,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

27 Apr 2016 description
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KEY FIGURES

2,755,916 Internally displace persons

267,874 Registered refugees as of 31 March

11,628 Registered asylum seekers as of 31 March

28,717 New arrivals to Yemen since the beginning of 2016

OPERATIONAL CONTEXT

Yemen is a historic transit hub for mixed migratory movements of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from the Horn of Africa to the Arabian Peninsula and beyond.

27 Apr 2016 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has announced the distribution of the second batch of food assistance in cooperation with the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) to the displaced families in Basrah governorate.

As the Crescent’s teams have distributed food assistance to more than 100 displaced families in the district of Al-Zubeer and Governorate Centre.

27 Apr 2016 description

Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Diyala branch announced the distribution of more than 350 food parcels, relief material and drinking water to the displaced families who return from the displacement (200 family) in the villages of (Hamil and Wehda) at Odhaim area in Diyala governorate.

27 Apr 2016 description

Dohuk, Iraq, 26 April 2016 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office organized a training course in Dohuk for staff members of the Kurdistan Independent Board of Human Rights (IBHR), members of the Human Rights Committee of the Dohuk Provincial Council, and representatives of civil society.