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31 Aug 2015 description

GENEVE, 28 août (HCR) – Plus de 300 000 réfugiés et migrants ont déjà emprunté des voies maritimes périlleuses en Méditerranée en 2015, avec près de 200 000 d'entre eux ayant rejoint la Grèce et quelque 110 000 autres l'Italie.

Le HCR a publié ce vendredi les toutes dernières statistiques à Genève, en faisant état d'une forte augmentation par rapport à 2014, où près de 219 000 personnes avaient traversé la Méditerranée pour l'ensemble de l'année.

30 Aug 2015 description

The Branch of Karbala is supporting sick and needy families in caravans' complex that located between Najaf and Karbala governorates. The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) teams conducted a comprehensive scanning for displaced families that suffering from health problems, and chronic disease of elderly and also skin diseases which are suffered by children. IRCS's Cadres Divided Patients In To Three Groups (Children, Female And Male) To Facilitate The Scanning Process.

30 Aug 2015 description

Baghdad, 30 August 2015 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš expresses his appreciation that the ongoing demonstrations in the central and southern Iraqi provinces have been conducted in a peaceful and dignified manner.

30 Aug 2015 description

Highlights

  • Number of reporting sites: (60) reporting sites including forty-one Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps, six refugee camps and thirteen mobile clinics submitted their weekly reports timely and completely.

  • Total number of consultations: 14,252 (male=5,406 and female=6,237) marking an increase of (10%) to stand at 2,609 since last week.

30 Aug 2015 description

Ongoing fighting in central Iraq continues to see largescale displacement with Anbar and Kirkuk as major regions of origin.

According to the IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix, from the onset of the crisis in January 2014 to 30 July 2015, a total of 3,171,606 individuals have been identified as displaced across Iraq.
Access to safety continues to be an issue for people fleeing violence, as regions tighten their borders with increasingly stringent entrance criteria.

30 Aug 2015 description

Highlights

 Violence and armed conflict remain key drivers of displacement in Iraq that has forced about 3.2 million people to leave their homes since January 2014.

 Humanitarian access remains tenuous in hotspot areas in Anbar governorate.

 Emergency response continues to people who have fled towards the Bzeibiz bridge and Ameriyat al Falluja area in Anbar who reside in camps and informal settlements.

 About 80,000 people in Haditha need food, safe water and health services.

8.6 m people in need

29 Aug 2015 description

Kecskemét, Hungary | AFP | Friday 8/30/2015 - 17:37 GMT

by Csaba Segesvari and Serene Assir in Presevo reception camp, Serbia

Calls multiplied Sunday for Europe to finally get to grips with its ever-deadlier migrant crisis after Austria's horrific truck tragedy, as people continued to pour into Hungary from Serbia despite a newly completed razor-wire barrier.

29 Aug 2015 description

Washington, United States | AFP | Saturday 8/29/2015 - 00:43 GMT Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of the Islamic State group in northern Iraq in recent days, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists said Friday.

But the extremists still control broad swathes of land in the war-torn country, where the IS group has waged a terrifying offensive of forced religious conversions and beheadings.

29 Aug 2015 description
report UN News Service

28 August 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned the use of sexual violence, in particular sexual enslavement and sexual violence “related to or resulting from forced marriage, committee, including as a tactic of war, in Syria and Iraq,” and urged all parties to armed conflict to take all feasible steps to protect civilians from such “abhorrent” acts.

28 Aug 2015 description

BEIRUT, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 15:47 GMT

Syria's four-and-a-half year conflict has driven half of the country's people to flee their homes, with the number of those who have left the country approaching 20 percent of the pre-war population.

At least 7.6 million people are displaced within Syria, which counted 23 million inhabitants at the start of the civil war.

More than four million have become refugees.

28 Aug 2015 description

Röszke, Hungary | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 16:25 GMT

by Geza Molnar

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has vaunted the razor-wire fence being laid along the Serbian border as the only answer to stop tens of thousands of migrants from getting in.

But a visit by AFP made clear that for people hardened by war in their home countries, treacherous journeys across the Mediterranean and trekking hundreds of miles, Orban is going to have to try harder.

28 Aug 2015 description

PALERMO, Italy, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – Abdel pushed his face up to the cracks between the wooden floorboards, gasping for air.

Next to him between 200 and 300 migrants and refugees – who departed Zuwarah, Libya in the early hours of Tuesday morning on a rickety wooden boat – were suffocating in the pitch-black hold.

28 Aug 2015 description
Arabic version

Iraq - IOM Iraq’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) updated figures, released yesterday, identified 3,176,946 internally displaced Iraqis (529,491 families) across Iraq from January 2014 to 13 August 2015.

Based on the available information and the DTM methodology, the UN Humanitarian Country Team planning figure for the humanitarian response holds at 3.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs).

28 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said it was "deeply shocked and saddened" at the grim discovery yesterday of the bodies of 71 people inside a truck abandoned near the Austrian border with Hungary.

"This tragedy underscores the ruthlessness of people smugglers who have expanded their business from the Mediterranean sea to the highways of Europe. It shows they have no regard for human life and are only after profit," UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a press briefing in Geneva.

28 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – More than 300,000 refugees and migrants have used the dangerous sea route across the Mediterranean so far this year with almost 200,000 of them landing in Greece and a further 110,000 in Italy.

The UN refugee agency, revealing the latest statistics in Geneva on Friday, said this represents a large increase from last year, when around 219,000 people crossed the Mediterranean during the whole of 2014.

28 Aug 2015 description
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Press Release in Arabic

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) concluded on Wednesday, at Shahid Saad Abdullah Conference Centre in Erbil, a three-day high-level workshop on gender sensitive budgeting. Nearly 70 experts and representatives of multiple sectors from different governorates across Iraq endorsed a plan of action, including recommendations and an assessment mechanism, which would help improve the gender equality environment and employment into local development and service delivery.

28 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights   

• Across the region, with the start of the school year approaching, UNICEF and partners are gearing up to support learning opportunities.

• In Syria, UNICEF is preparing for the launch of the Back to Learning (BTL) initiative 2015/2016. The BTL initiative aims to reach over 1 million children with education supplies and approximately 5.5 million community members with education messages via media campaign. Unique to this year’s campaign is the launching of the self-learning programme, which targets 315,000 out-of-school children this year.

28 Aug 2015 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 10:28 GMT

by Simon Sturdee with Mohamad Ali Harissi in Zuwara, Libya

Hungary said Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria.

Hungarian police said three of the suspects held over the latest grim tragedy involving migrants seeking refuge in Europe were Bulgarians and one was Afghan.

27 Aug 2015 description
report The New York Times

By SOMINI SENGUPTA and RICK GLADSTONEAUG. 26, 2015

UNITED NATIONS — The new top emergency relief official here urged the world’s rich countries on Wednesday to step up aid to war zones in the Middle East and Africa so that refugees are not forced to seek safety in Europe.