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24 Nov 2014 description
report Save the Children

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

According to UNHCR 3,249,401 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. Children make up 52.3% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,699,436 refugee children in the region.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Islamic Relief

Hundreds of displaced families have received life-saving aid through Islamic Relief’s emergency response to the increasingly complex crisis in Iraq and the wider region.

23 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • Analogue radio services have established in Sulaymaniyah and the nearby Arbat camp. They are available for all NGOs and UN agencies and will improve safety and security of humanitarian staff.

  • UNAMI has provided the ETC with an additional three digital radio frequencies that will be utilised in Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah.

Cluster Responsibilities

23 Nov 2014 description
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In 2014, nearly 2 million Iraqis have fled horrific violence and armed conflict, and many of those who barely escaped with their lives now find themselves in need of proper shelter and basic services. Iraq has seen three major waves of displacement. The first wave, in January, occurred after armed groups seized control of the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar governorate. The occupation of Mosul, in June, triggered a second wave.

23 Nov 2014 description
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HIJRA AMINA completed its 2014, awareness raising round on Combatting Trafficking in Persons in KRI this week with the final session featuring animated discussion and information sharing among Sulaymaniyah’s civil society. The content presented to attendees positively provoked in depth conversations amongst facilitators and participants about personal encounters with victims of trafficking (VoTs) and larger societal issues at hand.

23 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

 The number of new arrivals from Syria to Jordan has significantly decreased since 25 September, with no entries through informal border crossings registered by UNHCR since 1 November. Between 3,000 and 4,000 Syrian refugees are reportedly camped at the berm near the border at Rukban and Hadalat in north-eastern Jordan. UNHCR continues to advocate with authorities for access to the territory.

23 Nov 2014 description

The Syria Emergency Response Fund (ERF) mobilises and channels resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the current situation in Syria and initiate life-saving humanitarian activities both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.
Since its inception in March 2012, the ERF has received $79 million. To date, the ERF has allocated $76 million for 211 projects in Syria, Iraq, Jordan,Lebanon and Egypt. The total ERF balance is $3.6 million. 10 Projects amounting to $5.4 million are currently under review.

22 Nov 2014 description

Baghdad, Iraq | AFP | Saturday 11/22/2014 - 15:50 GMT

The Islamic State jihadist group killed at least 23 tribesmen during a major attack in the Ramadi area, a tribal leader and a police officer said on Saturday.

Parts of Anbar capital Ramadi have been outside government control since January, but IS struck on Friday with hours of shelling, car bombs and attacks by gunmen from four different directions in a bid to take more ground.

22 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Authorities in Dohuk Governorate relocate internally displaced persons (IDPs) from over 100 schools to camps.

  • The lack of adequate shelter remains a primary concern for many displaced people due to winter weather.

  • The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) prompts new displacement from Salah ad Din.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

21 Nov 2014 description

Rome, Yogyakarta, 21 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in the policy of Australia towards people seeking international protection in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Indonesia on or after the 1 July 2014. The number of refugees resettled by Australia from Indonesia will also be further reduced in 2015.

21 Nov 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

Bombings Range From Karbala to Erbil

(New York, November 21, 2014) – There is no justification for the ongoing unlawful attacks on civilians by car and suicide bombs in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today.

21 Nov 2014 description

150,000 to Receive Tent Insulation Kits

The first flight in a new UNHCR airlift aimed at providing winter aid to Iraqis displaced by conflict this year has landed in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region. The first of seven planned flights from Pakistan touched down at Erbil International Airport at 2345 local time (2045 GMT) on Thursday, carrying 3,600 tent insulation kits. The kits, comprising polystyrene flooring and fiber insulation for tent walls, will be distributed in camps across Iraq.

21 Nov 2014 description
report UN News Service

20 November 2014 – As Iraq struggles to deal with the increasing security threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as well as with dire financial and humanitarian conditions, the United Nations envoy to the country has cited an inclusive political process as vital to finding comprehensive solutions.

20 Nov 2014 description

Bagdad, Irak | AFP | Thursday 11/20/2014 - 18:20 GMT

The Islamic State jihadist group on Thursday claimed a rare suicide car bombing in the usually secure capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region that killed four people.

IS boasted in an online statement that it had "breached all the security checkpoints of the agent Kurdistan government and reached the heart of the city of Arbil."

It identified the bomber as Abdulrahman al-Kurdi, indicating that he was an ethnic Kurd.