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30 Jun 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

State Department List Adds Iraq, Excludes Afghanistan

30 Jun 2016 description

Amriyat al-Fallujah, Iraq | AFP | Thursday 6/30/2016 - 12:19 GMT

by Jean Marc MOJON

Vital relief is still failing to reach thousands of Iraqis displaced by the government's offensive to retake Fallujah from the Islamic State group, drawing severe criticism from some aid organisations.

Some groups said that the fact that families were stranded with no shelter and others crammed in camps with no latrines could have been avoided and was the result of a collective failure.

30 Jun 2016 description

As of June 2015, Iraq hosts almost 235,000 Syrian refugees who have fled from their homes since 2012. The vast majority of these families live in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, both in formal camp setting and within the host communities. This is in addition to the 3.4 million Iraqis that have been displaced by the conflict within Iraq, which has left a total of 10 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

30 Jun 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 28 Jun 2016): 158,214

Total arrivals in Greece during Jun 2016: 1,391

Average daily arrivals during Jun 2016: 50

Average daily arrivals during May 2016: 56

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 28

Dead and missing
272 dead - 152 missing (2015)
148 dead - 46 missing (6 June 2016)

30 Jun 2016 description

What is offshore processing?

Offshore processing (referred to by the Australian Government as “regional processing”) is the term used to describe the arrangements by which Australia sends people seeking asylum who arrive by boat to either Nauru or on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where their refugee claims are determined. Australia is the only country in the world that uses other countries to process refugee claims.

30 Jun 2016 description

ECOSOC/6778

2016 Session, 33rd & 34th Meetings (AM & PM)
Economic and Social Council Meetings Coverage

30 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund
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Iraq Crisis: 3.6 million children now at risk from increasing violence

Call to protect children, as escalating conflict threatens to destroy childhoods in Iraq

BAGHDAD/AMMAN, 30 June 2016. 3.6 million children in Iraq – one in five in the country - are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new UNICEF report.

29 Jun 2016 description

Simon Elmont is a demining expert protecting civilians from explosive remnants of war in Iraq by clearing areas contaminated in previous and ongoing conflicts, including the territories occupied by the Islamic State. Simon recently made time to tell us about his work.

WHEN DID YOU ARRIVE IN IRAQ AND WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS?

29 Jun 2016 description
report People in Need

Prague, Erbil (28 June 2016) – The Zumar region in the province of Niniveh at the south of Iraq was seized in mid-2014 by militants of the so-called Islamic State. Tens of thousands fled fighting and violence to safer areas of the country. At the end of 2014 Kurdish units succeeded in pushing back the radicals and moving the frontline. After months of exile, internal refugees could finally start slowly returning home. Months of fighting have often left behind damaged infrastructure and houses. The local education was also left in ruins.

29 Jun 2016 description

KEY FIGURES

85,000 individuals* displaced from Falluja and surrounding areas

24,000 individuals** displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas

3.3 million IDPs* in Iraq since January 2014

230,000 Iraqi refugees*** in the region

Funding

UNHCR’s overall appeal of USD 584 million for IDPs and Iraqi refugees in the region is only 22% funded

ANBAR CORRIDOR

29 Jun 2016 description

June 29th, 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is pursuing its Ramadan Iftar program in 13 countries, at a total cost of QR 7,839,000, distributing Ramadan Iftar meals and food packages to poor families in Syria, Iraq, and Sudan.

In Syria, QRCS and Social Development International (SDI) have implemented a Ramadan Iftar project in Rif Dimashq, distributing 2,000 meals per day in four districts.

Other benefits of the project include running a number of catering hubs, creating jobs, and purchasing all materials from the local market.

29 Jun 2016 description

Since the beginning the fierce battles that took place in the city of Fallujah during the past few days, a large number of displaced families flee towards the regions of Khaldia, the tourist city and the Ameriyat Al-Fallujah, and according to the latest statistics of the Iraqi Red Crescents’ teams the number of the displaced families has reached (12587) family during which the humanitarian situation becomes increasingly difficult with the increasing of the humanitarian needs (food , water, housing and health services).

29 Jun 2016 description
report UN News Service

28 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged European leaders meeting in Brussels today to act with “compassion and foresight,” and find humane solutions for refugees that not only uphold international law and protect human rights, but also save lives.

29 Jun 2016 description

Sustaining Independent Media in Times of Conflict

In a year where the greatest influx of refugees seen by Europe since World War II dominated headlines and pressured government aid budgets, I have been asked on several occasions why support to media development in conflict zones, humanitarian disasters and countries in the midst of democratic transition should be a priority.

29 Jun 2016 description
report IRIN

And how lessons must be learnt for Mosul

Annie Slemrod
Middle East Editor

With additional reporting by Ben Parker

As the Iraqi military announced (not for the first time) that it had finally routed the so-called Islamic State in Fallujah, the city’s former residents can be forgiven for not breathing a collective sigh of relief.

Read the full story

29 Jun 2016 description

Those Who Believe In Justice Never Give Up

Defending human rights is slow, hard work. Across the globe, those who kill civilians, torture detainees, and use rape as a weapon of war all too often act in the belief that they will never have to pay for their crimes. It can take years of painstaking, often dangerous investigation for the perpetrators of such atrocities to be brought to justice.

28 Jun 2016 description
report Medair

Who is more vulnerable than a pregnant woman fleeing from attack, carrying the most fragile of lives inside of her? Hivda was pregnant with her first child when armed groups attacked her village in Sinjar, Iraq in August 2014.

“We didn’t have a car and I was pregnant,” says Hivda, now 21. She was among an estimated 130,000 people who fled to Sinjar mountain for safety, where they became trapped for 10 days on top of the mountain.

28 Jun 2016 description

Since January 2016 (not including Cash for Shelter)

  • 13,027 households have benefited from shelter interventions (including tents and basic shelter repair)

    • 10,863 households have benefited from shelter interventions in Centre & South
    • 2,164 households have benefited from shelter interventions in KR-I
  • 5,456 tents have been distributed for 5,786 households:

28 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP and UNHCR conducted a Joint Food Assessment (JAM) from 25 May to 02 June 2016.

  • As of June, all commodities will be available in all WFP targeted settlements throughout a period of four months.

  • In May, vulnerable and those most vulnerable refugees, including women and children, received their full WFP entitlements for vegetable oil and wheat flour. In addition, all girls received their full entitlement of take– home entitlements.