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20 Dec 2014 description

Contact: Erik Gustafson 202.682-0208

December 19, 2014 – Washington, DC - A flight carrying more than five tons of emergency winter aid and 1,000 soccer balls left the United States today for delivery to extremely vulnerable children and families displaced by ISIS in Iraq.

20 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.N. and Government of Iraq (GoI) establish Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center to improve humanitarian response.

  • USG partners provide essential seasonally appropriate assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

  • Displacement continues in south and central Iraq.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

19 Dec 2014 description

A Review from Iraq, South Sudan, CAR and the Philippines

A review conducted in November 2014 by ICVA in partnership with IMPACT Initiatives considered 20 thematic indicators based on coordination and response in humanitarian crisis, with particular emphasis on the elements expected to be affected by the L3 process (coordination, accountability and leadership). While the results vary by each humanitarian crisis and response, six key themes emerged.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Caritas

“It makes me sad that my baby was born in a tent and will live in a tent,” said Shereen Sabah.

She was five months pregnant when she fled ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) extremists who overran the Sinjar area of northern Iraq in August. She is part of the Shabak community, one of the minorities targeted by the militants along with Yazidis, Christians and some Muslim sects.

“We went to many places and even had to stay in the street. By the time I got to the camp, I was too tired to go outside,” she said. “It was very difficult when I was pregnant. It was very hot.”

19 Dec 2014 description

SUMMARY

There are 347,726 displaced families (estimated 2,086,356 Individuals) represented in 2,084 distinct locations; it is estimated that there are still many locations not yet identified and along with continued displacement.
These figures are expected to change in the next update

19 Dec 2014 description

Introduction

The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is an International Organization for Migration (IOM) information manage-ment tool that gathers specific information regarding the status and location of displaced persons across the country. DTM data in Iraq is collected, analyzed and disseminated every two weeks.

From the beginning of January through 09 December, 2014 the DTM verified 2,086,356 internally displaced individuals dispersed across 2,049 distinct locations in Iraq.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Amnesty

A lack of coordination and major gaps in humanitarian assistance is causing untold hardship for many of the 900,000 people displaced by the conflict in Iraq who are sheltering in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), said Amnesty International.

19 Dec 2014 description

Context

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has experienced unprecedented change since the start of the Arab Spring in 2010. The region is now encountering a series of conflicts and crises with humanitarian challenges which require immediate support. The war in Syria has killed over 191,000 people, with many more injured, 3.2 million displaced to neighbouring countries and an additional 10.8 million in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria.

19 Dec 2014 description

Nahyat al-Ayadhiya, Iraq | AFP | Friday 12/19/2014 - 02:23 GMT

by Abdelhamid ZEBARI

Iraqi Kurds claimed Thursday to have broken a siege on a mountain where Yazidi civilians and fighters have long been trapped as the US said air strikes killed several Islamic State leaders in recent weeks.

Officials said the twin successes dealt heavy blows to IS's command and control as well as their supply lines, and were the latest in a string of apparent setbacks for the group in recent weeks.

19 Dec 2014 description

From the 1st to 10th of December, the EU funded programme HIJRA AMINA and the Directorate of Violence Against Women (DVA W) embarked on an intensive public campaign in Erbil, targeting the IDP and refugee populations, host communities and the general public, on domestic violence and trafficking in persons (TiP). The aim of this joint effort was to raise public awareness on the two crimes.

19 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

UNICEF sector leads in WASH, Education, Nutrition and Child Protection Working Group provided leadership in developing the 2015 Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Syria which will officially be launched in December 2014. The humanitarian response articulated in SRP is within the framework of the Whole of Syria approach, which is bringing together humanitarian actors working from inside Syria or neighbouring countries for the first time, aimed at increasing the overall effectiveness of the response.

18 Dec 2014 description

BERLIN – As part of the United Nations launch of the Syria Strategic Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience plan for 2015, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) appealed today in Berlin for close to US$1.5 billion in 2015 to feed over 6.5 million Syrians displaced inside their country and sheltering in neighbouring countries.