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17 Apr 2015 description
report Voice of America

BAGHDAD—A series of bombings ripped through Baghdad on Friday, mainly targeting public places and killing at least 29 people, Iraqi officials said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but violence has escalated both in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq in the wake of Islamic State group's capture of large swaths of territory in the country's west and north during a blitz last year. The Islamic State has taken credit for similar attacks in the past, especially those targeting Shiites, as well as Iraqi security forces and government buildings.

17 Apr 2015 description

Arbil, Iraq | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 18:25 GMT

A car bomb blast near the US consulate in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region killed three people and wounded five on Friday, Kurdish officials said.

A spokeswoman in Washington said that all consulate staff had been accounted for and that "there are no reports of injuries to Chief of Mission personnel or local guards".

17 Apr 2015 description
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Baghdad, 17 April, 2015 - IOM has distributed 150 life-saving family non-food item (NFI) kits yesterday to recently internally displaced people (IDPs) in Al A'dwaniya, Mahmudiya District, in the south of Baghdad Governorate. The families were displaced by continued violence from Ramadi, Anbar Governorate, within the past week.

17 Apr 2015 description
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Erbil, 16 April 2015 - The UN Refugee Agency’s top protection official visited Iraq this week, concerned by the prevailing humanitarian situation which has seen massive displacement of people within the country and a continuing exodus of Syrian refugees who are fleeing across the border into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

17 Apr 2015 description
report World Bank

The Kurdistan region of Iraq is facing an economic and humanitarian crisis as a result of the influx of Syrian refugees which began in 2012 and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in 2014. The region's population increased by 28 percent over a short period, placing strains on the local economy, host community, and access to public services. This book provides national and regional policy makers with a technical assessment of the impact and stabilization costs needed for 2015 associated with the influx of refugees and IDPs.

17 Apr 2015 description

POP/1040

Commission on Population and Development, Forty-eighth Session,
7th Meeting (AM)
Economic and Social Council
Meetings Coverage

Island States Warn Natural Disasters Could ‘Undo Decades of Development in a Day’

The impact of conflict and natural disasters and the often resulting flows of refugees and displaced persons must be included when considering contemporary population trends and transitions and their integration into the new development agenda, the Commission on Population and Development heard today.

17 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The Iraq Humanitarian Profile (OCHA, 31 March) estimates that 8.29 million people across Iraq are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

  • As of 26 March, 2.68 million individuals are internally displaced across 3,038 distinct locations in Iraq (IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix). The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has increased their planning figure to 2.7 million IDPs.

16 Apr 2015 description
  1. An estimated 4,250 families have fled central Ramadi District, including the towns of Albu Farraj and Albu Thiyab, as well as Albu Sawdah, Albu Ghanim, Albu Mahal and Sofiya areas, since Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Anbar Governorate on 8 April.

  2. The operation has centred on Ramadi District – with the provincial capital Ramadi – a city of over 200,000 straddling the Euphrates River and Highway No. 1.

16 Apr 2015 description

WFP is providing school meals in Thi Qar, one of Iraq's most disadvantaged governorates, until the end of May 2015. Improving health and education is a priority for the governorate and the daily school meals give parents an incentive to send their children to school and keep them there. Mohamed Jalil is one of 21,000 children benefiting from this.

16 Apr 2015 description

Baghdad, Iraq: 16 April, 2015 – Today in Baghdad, UNESCO and the Ministry of State for Governorates Affairs of Iraq signed a Global Cooperation Agreement that will provide an umbrella for the planning and implementation of joint programmes in Iraq’s governorates in the areas of education, the sciences, culture and communication and information.

16 Apr 2015 description
  • 12 April marked 60 years since Jonas Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) was launched, enabling children to be protected against polio for the first time. Read more.
  • The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) is meeting this week in Geneva, and will review the current epidemiological situation for polio and provide updates on readiness for oral polio vaccine withdrawal.
16 Apr 2015 description
infographic CCCM Cluster, REACH Initiative

Summary

Essian IDP camp opened on 22/12/2014 as a formal site for internally displaced persons (IDPs) who had settled in the area. The main area of origin of the resident IDPs is Sinjar, Ninewa Governorate.

Primary data was collected through household surveys from 12 - 14/01/2015. Additional information from camp managers, marked (*) is correct as of 13/01/2015.

Key Developments

16 Apr 2015 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) / Salahuddin branch distributed (2000) hot meals daily to displaced people in Hoaiesh camp (which is 125 km North of Baghdad) at Samarra. The staff of the branch distributes food assistance to (2500) displaced families. Also it is worthy to be mentioned that the number of displaced families has increased in Samarra, in which (11) a new family have been received and been harbored in the above mentioned camp, meanwhile IRCS teams who deployed in the camp distributed them food and relief assistance.

16 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

• The repeaters from Dahuk and Sulymaniya are now being monitored from the UNAMI interagency COMCEN in Erbil, hence providing humanitarians in both camps with additional security. With this additional support, organizations from both camps are being 24/7 monitored from the UNAMI interagency COMCEN in Erbil.

• The installation of the 100Ft tower in Domiz in order to improve radio coverage has commenced.

16 Apr 2015 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) / Karbala branch, distributed wheelchairs for disabled and special needs people from those who suffer from inability in the lower limbs and paralysis. As the staff of the branch distributed a number of wheelchairs for the disabled and organized courses on psychosocial support for them.

16 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

By Carolina Montenegro and Kristy Siegfried

LAMPEDUSA/OXFORD, 15 April 2015 (IRIN) - With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have perished, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way.

15 Apr 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 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.

15 Apr 2015 description

More resources and fresh policies needed to get children into school

BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.