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28 Nov 2014 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the refugee camp currently under construction in Al Azraq, Jordan. Using an image collected by the WorldView-1 satellite on 11 November 2014 a total of 12,761 structures were detected. This total includes 2,690 infrastructure and support buildings as well as 10,071 transitional shelters. Preparations are continuing so as to accommodate additional incoming refugees. The previous analysis done by UNOSAT using an image from 26 April 2014 detected a total of 7,333 infrastructure, support buildings and transitional shelters. This is an increase of approximately 74%.

27 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Phase 1 of UNHCR’s winterization programme is under way in the centre and south of Iraq, while the Office began phase two in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I); distributed items include jerry cans and stoves.

  • Officials began distributing kerosene for IDPs this winter primarily in Dohuk.

27 Nov 2014 description

Shelter

Nearly 2 million displaced persons in Iraq are now facing a harsh winter, and an estimated 45% need shelter assistance in order to survive freezing temperatures, rain, winds and snow. Accordingly, IOM’s winterization strategy includes both distributing winterized non-food item kits, and also distributing winterized tents, prefabricated shelters and assisting in camp management.

27 Nov 2014 description

IERAPETRA, Grèce | AFP | Wednesday 11/26/2014 - 15:21 GMT

Around 700 migrants aboard a freighter that had been drifting in the Aegean Sea for two days began disembarking on the Greek island of Crete on Thursday, local officials said.

The migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, include "a lot of women and children", said Theodosis Kalantzakis, the mayor of Ierapetra.

The Kiribati-flagged freighter Baris was towed to the seaside town of Ierapetra after suffering engine failure on Tuesday.

27 Nov 2014 description
report REACH

Summary

Informal sites and formal camps have been established or re-opened in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) between mid-June and the end of August 2014 to host internally diplaced persons (IDPs). REACH Initiative launched an assessment to profile sites and camps that had reached at least 50% capacity by the end of September. This factsheet presents a multi sector comparison of the vulnerabilities, needs and concerns reported by displaced persons living in eleven settlements in Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Ninewa and Sulyamaniyah governorates.

27 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

JURF-AL-SAKHAR/DUBAI, 26 November 2014 (IRIN) - November is usually a busy month for farmers in the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhar as they sow their seeds ahead of the bitter winter months. Yet this year fields lie unplanted and untethered goats and cows wander aimlessly among slayed palm trees.

Months of fighting have taken a heavy toll on the town, 60km south of Baghdad in Babil Governorate, leaving buildings in ruin and fields flooded or scorched - in many cases both.

27 Nov 2014 description

Istanbul, Turquie | AFP | Thursday 11/27/2014 - 03:53 GMT

by Philippe ALFROY

It hardly seems the gateway to a new life of safety and prosperity: An office tucked away in a grey apartment block in Istanbul. Yet every day, dozens of Iraqi Catholics queue here, hoping it will open the door to a new life free of fear.

The Chaldean Catholics, members of Iraq's Assyrian minority, have fled Baghdad and the now jihadist-controlled city of Mosul to escape the violence that has frequently targeted Christians since the US-led invasion of 2003.

26 Nov 2014 description
  • In response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in South Sudan, over 19,000 children were vaccinated last week in Bentiu Poc, where the two cases were reported. Outbreak response plans are in place to hold three rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in high risk areas to stop transmission of the virus.

26 Nov 2014 description

AMMAN– The United States government has confirmed a contribution of an additional US$125 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed millions of Syrians in need. Confirmation of the funding has arrived at the start of winter, when the need for food and other assistance becomes more urgent than ever.

26 Nov 2014 description
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Baghdad, 26 November 2014 – At the launch of the ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence’ between 25 November and 10 December, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov said “My wholehearted thoughts go on that day particularly to the hundreds of abducted women and girls who are suffering unspeakable abuses and atrocities by terrorist groups”.

26 Nov 2014 description
report REACH

The worsening security situation in parts of northern and central Iraq has caused mass internal displacement across much of the country. In order to inform the humanitarian response, REACH Initiative has monitored displacement trends and intentions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) crossing through some of the major entry points into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

26 Nov 2014 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

26 Nov 2014 description
report Iraqi Red Crescent

Iraqi Red Crescent Society held a consultative workshop in preparation for the World Summit humanity in cooperation with humanitarian Forum of the United Nations, in Baghdad /Al- Rashid Hotel on Thursday. The workshop was attended by Dr. Yassin Almamori / the President of the Iraqi Red Crescent , Dr.

26 Nov 2014 description
report Iraqi Red Crescent

Iraqi Red Crescent Society announced about the distribution of food aid to displaced families from areas of Fallujah, Mosul and Salahuddin to Kirkuk governorate. .

25 Nov 2014 description

QAMISHLI, Syria, November 25 (UNHCR) – Life on the run has not stopped Iraqi refugee Aisha from ensuring that her five children get an education, and this learning has given them hope for the future despite the problems they face in Syria.

"Education is not a luxury, it's a necessity for our children," said the mother of five, who fled from the northern Iraq city of Mosul in 2011 to escape mounting sectarian violence.

Her son Mohamed, aged 14 years, says he loves going to school and dreams of becoming an engineer.

25 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council

Introduction

  1. This ninth report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014) and paragraph 10 of Council resolution 2165 (2014), in which the Council requested the Secretary - General to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.