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BWA sends aid to displaced Iraqi Christians

The ruins of Saint Elijah's Monastery founded in 595 AD south of Mosul The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) sent an initial sum of US$20,000 to assist with Christians displaced inside Iraq.

Funds given by the BWA will be used to help provide food and other urgent relief supplies to approximately 500 Iraqi Christian families who fled Mosul and Karakosh to Irbil city in Kurdistan state.

Christians fled in haste without their possessions, including clothing. Money, jewelry and other valuables were stolen or confiscated.

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Development and Peace aids victims of the Iraqi crisis

Thanks to a $1 million contribution from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Development and Peace is pleased to announce its support to displaced Iraqis in collaboration with Caritas Iraq and Catholic Relief Services. Development and Peace will also be assisting Iraqi refugees in Istanbul with a $50,000 grant to Caritas Turkey.

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3 million refugees and no end in sight

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Tearfund

Life in Syria is so bad that around three million people have had to leave. According to the latest UN reports, the number of people leaving the country to seek refuge is likely to reach three million today (Friday 29 August).

Most of these people are living in neighbouring countries, including Lebanon and Jordan where Tearfund and other agencies are helping them.

The conflict in Syria began more than three years ago in March 2011. Since then nearly 200,000 people have died in the fighting, according to some estimates. More than 6 million people are homeless.

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Crisis in Iraq: The European Union's humanitarian response

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq has been deteriorating rapidly: the ongoing conflict has been dispersing populations throughout the country and putting them in need of assistance. The European Commission is responding with all its humanitarian aid tools and coordinating with Member States through the European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC). Still, the crisis exceeds the present capacity of the international community to respond.

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Iraq Weekly Humanitarian Situation Report, 19th – 25th August 2014

Highlights

  • After temporary disruption of most ongoing water trucking activities in the North of Iraq, due to armed conflict, UNICEF is supporting the Dahuk Water Directorate with the daily provision of 67 water trucks across Dahuk Governorate, serving 80,500 IDPs in schools, settlements, unfinished buildings, and within the host communities.

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Northern Iraq - Emergency opens a clinic in Khanaqeen

In Northern Iraq the emergency continues. There are 700,000 evacuees by now and the local Kurdish authorities are unable to meet the needs of the constantly increasing flow of refugees on their own.

The evacuees - recently primarily Iraqi Christians and Yazidis - are fleeing from combat and IS violence which has pushed all the way to within the borders between the Kurdish region and the central Baghdad government.

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Over 1.6 Million Internally Displaced by Iraq Conflict

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Over 1.6 million people have been internally displaced in 1,577 locations across Iraq since the beginning of the year following unrest in Anbar and Ninewa governorates, according to IOM’s latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).

The August 28th DTM shows that a total of 850,858 people have been displaced since the fighting broke out in the northern part of the country in August. Most of the displaced have found refuge in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and in the adjacent districts of Ninewa and Diyala.

International Organization for Migration:

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Three millions have fled the war in Syria - A terrible milestone

More than three million Syrians are now registered as refugees in Syria's neighbouring countries. “A terrible milestone”, says Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Egeland agrees with the UN stating that Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era."

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One fifth of the world's displaced are Syrians

According to the UN, the number of registered Syrian refugees has now passed 3 million people, while 6.5 million are internally displaced in Syria. This means that close to one fifth of the world's 50 million displaced are from Syria. Although the world is witnessing a historic number of serious crises it remains important to keep focusing on the dire humanitarian situation in and around Syria.

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Needs soar as number of Syrian refugees tops 3 million

UNHCR said most of the refugees remain in countries neighbouring Syria, with the highest concentrations in Lebanon (1.14 million), Jordan (608,000) and Turkey (815,000).

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Belgium to send 13 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Kurdistan

Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq (DFR.krg.org) – Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, today welcomed the Ambassador of Belgium to Jordan, Mr. Thomas Baekelandt, upon his first visit to Kurdistan.

Ambassador Baekelandt said that Belgium is fully aware of the challenging humanitarian crisis facing internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees now sheltered in Kurdistan. He informed Minister Mustafa that Belgium is sending 13 tonnes of humanitarian aid to be distributed to IDPs and refugees in the Kurdistan Region.

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Iraq Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #3 - Fiscal Year 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • IOM releases new IDP estimates to better reflect the most recent wave of displacement from early August.

  • IDP influx strains response capacity of local authorities, particularly in southern Iraq.

  • Humanitarian actors continue to increase assistance and staffing for the Iraq response.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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IOM Iraq Crisis Response Situation Report #8: Daily Update for 27 August

Displacement Updates

While some internally displaced families are still fleeing their homes due to heavy air strikes mainly within the Alshirqat district, others have returned to Salah Al-Din from Kirkuk governorate to seek refuge in the Baiji district. However, movement between Kirkuk and Salah Al-Din is reported to be difficult because of route closures by KRG and local authorities. Due to a lack of staff and medical supplies, hospitals and health centers in various districts are encountering major difficulties in providing services to displaced persons.

International Organization for Migration:

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Iraqi forces retake villages on way to besieged town

8/28/2014 15:30 GMT

KIRKUK, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - Iraqi security forces backed by volunteer militiamen on Thursday retook several villages located on the way to the town of Amerli, which jihadists have besieged for months, officers said.

Time is running out for Amerli's Shiite Turkmen-majority residents, who face danger both because of their faith, which jihadists consider heresy, and their resistance against the militants, which has drawn deadly retribution elsewhere.

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Supporting local authorities with basic services for IDPs in Dohuk

Erbil, 28 August 2014 – The Country Director of UNDP Iraq, Adam Abdelmoula, today met with the Governor of Dohuk, Farhad Amin Atroshi, to discuss support to IDPs and host communities, and signed an agreement with the Department of Underground Water on the drilling of two wells to serve 1000 vulnerable IDP in Dawoodia, Dohuk.

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Aid to Sunni Arabs in Kurdistan comes with a side of suspicion

Sunni Arabs have found shelter from Iraq's spreading war in Kurdish controlled camps. But ethnic hostility is close to the surface.

KHANAQIN, IRAQ — An Iraqi mother who had no choice but to deliver her baby at night in a ditch; a little girl in pigtails with a poorly fixed cleft lip; a boy that lost his finger to a fan blade. These are the inhabitants of “Guantánamo” – a precarious camp on the fringes of Khanaqin.

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IDP Factsheet: Ninewa Governorate Iraq Data Collected: 13 – 24 July 2014

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Summary of analysis:

All IDPs assessed in Ninewa this month were living in Ninewa before the conflict began and primarily driven from their homes by the violence. IDPs rapidly fled to areas within Ninewa that they perceived to have a higher level of security, often also choosing their destination based on the presence of family members. A majority of IDP families from Mosul District but an increasing amount compared to last month come from Telafar, most of whom arrived were displaced between 16 and 18 July, at the height of clashes in the district.

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IDP Factsheet: Sulaymaniyah Governorate, Iraq - Data Collected: 03 - 24 July 2014

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Summary of analysis:

Many families continue to come from Anbar Governorate where fighting first began earlier in the year.. The sweep of violence through many parts of north and central Iraq during July has led to a greater diversification among the rest of the IDP population, who originate primarily from Baghdad, Diyala and Salah Al Din, but also Babylon, Ninewa and Najaf.

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Update: TSF reinforces UN security in Iraq

Iraq: TSF helps to reinforce United Nations security in the field

Following the emergency evacuation of its mLearning centre in Iraq, Télécoms Sans Frontières returned to the field two weeks later, coinciding with the United Nations’ largest humanitarian distribution to date.

During the past month, jihadist forces have gained considerable territory, notably in northern Iraq, meaning that the already volatile security conditions have dramatically deteriorated for humanitarian workers.