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Two Baghdad car bombs kill 28

Bagdad, Irak | AFP | Wednesday 10/22/2014 - 19:45 GMT

Car bombs near a maternity hospital and a service station in Baghdad killed at least 28 people Wednesday, the latest in a spate of blasts to hit the city, police and medics said.

One blast struck across the street from the hospital in the frequently targeted Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City, killing at least 10, a police colonel said. Another 29 were wounded.

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Iraq Blog: The dire situation I saw back home

Report
War Child UK

During my summer break I spent time with my family in Kurdistan and consequently saw how the situation had evolved for Internationally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) over the month and a half I was there.

During my stay I saw a lot of children without anything to do. These children's lives had been drastically changed due to the crisis and they were now attempting to understand their new life around them.

Escalating crisis

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Many Iraq schools open a month late amid crowding by displaced

Bagdad, Irak | AFP | Wednesday 10/22/2014 - 13:51 GMT

Classes started a month behind schedule Wednesday in many areas of Iraq because some schools are crowded with families seeking refuge from violence elsewhere in the country.

With people still living in classrooms at some schools, arrangements had to be made for students at those institutions to study elsewhere.

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WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, 1-15 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Donor generosity avoids October assistance cuts, though funding situation for November onwards remains critical

  • Opening of Nusaybin corridor enables delivery of food for 97,00 people in Al Hasakeh, the first delivery since May

  • Growing insecurity hamper deliveries to Syria’s northern governorates

  • WFP distributes e-cards to new beneficiaries in Lebanon’s Arsal region, despite continued insecurity

  • Vulnerability targeting for refugees in Jordanian communities begins

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Corruption disrupts government aid to Iraq's displaced

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IRIN

A parliamentary investigation is under way following claims that corrupt officials in the Ministry of Displacement and Migration have been forcing displaced families to pay bribes to receive government cash support.

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UK Aid: Syria response (21 October 2014)

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.

KEY FACTS

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Syrian refugees: Inter-agency regional update, 20 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab (Kurdish: Kobane) has been under intense assault for several weeks. Government officials in Turkey report that more than 190,000 Syrians fleeing Kobane and surrounds have entered the country since 19 September.

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UNHCR Iraq Operational Update: Internally Displaced Persons (1 - 15 October 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A fourth major wave of displacement in 2014 occurred in Anbar with an estimated 20,000 families displaced from the city of Heet due to conflict. UNHCR is sending core relief items to IDPs arriving in Baghdad and Karbala.

  • UNHCR launched its winterization activities with distributions reaching 6,800 people in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). Insulation of tents and shelters is ongoing, with supplies being procured from local and international markets.

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Left Behind: A Needs Assessment of Iraqi Refugees Present in Lebanon

Report
Caritas

A survey shows that 71.8 per cent of refugees are economically worse off than when they lived in Iraq. More than 60 per cent say they’re poorer now than when they first arrived.

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Further humanitarian assistance to Iraq and Syria

Today I announce that Australia will provide an additional $15 million for life-saving assistance to people in Iraq and Syria affected by the ongoing violence perpetrated by terrorists.

An estimated 16 million people inside Iraq and Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance – half of whom have been forced to flee their homes in the face of the onslaught of ISIL or Da’esh.

With winter approaching, displaced people in both countries are at risk of exposure to harsh weather, particularly those residing in unfinished buildings, crowded camps or in the open.

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Syria Crisis Monthly Humanitarian Situation report 16 September - 13 October 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights

  • Heightened insecurity in northern Syria has resulted in fresh displacement of Syrian refugees into Turkey and Iraq, as well as internal displacement inside Syria. The insecurity has impacted on the humanitarian situation in northern Syria, limiting access. Meanwhile the Syrian civil war continues unabated, as witnessed by explosions near two elementary schools in Homs city on 1st October killing 29 children and injuring 37 more.

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New wave of displacement intensifies need for humanitarian information in Iraq

By Lisbeth Pilegaard, Technical Adviser to IMS on humanitarian information and communication

“ISIL took everything from me. My money, ID papers, my phone, everything. They threatened to kill me if I did not convert to Islam. That’s when I fled.”