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16 Aug 2017 description

On her first international trip, the UN Youth Envoy, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, saw first-hand in Iraq the devastating effects of conflict on youth but also witnessed hope in them, and encouraged the young women and men to be leaders in their communities. Underlining the importance of engaging and empowering youth, Ms. Wickramanayake commemorated this year’s international youth day in Iraq, at an event with the Minister for Youth and Sports, H.E. Abdul-Hussein Abtan and over one thousand young Iraqis.

16 Aug 2017 description
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From 30 May to 31 July 2017:

• As of 31 July 2017, the DTM has identified 3,295,602 internally displaced persons (549,267 families) displaced after January 2014, dispersed across 104 districts and 3,745 locations in Iraq. For the same period, DTM has identified 2,071,980 returnees (345,330 families).

• Overall, the total number of identified IDPs decreased by approximately 2% (55,530 individuals), recorded across fifteen governorates with peaks in Anbar (-21% or 28,548) and Baghdad (-5% or 16,116).

16 Aug 2017 description

More than 9 million people already displaced globally in 2017

August 2017 (Geneva)

Conflict, violence and disasters have caused more than 9 million new internal displacements globally in the first half of 2017, according to new estimates released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

Of the 9.1 million new internal displacements, 4.6 million were caused by conflict, a figure which is already two-thirds of last year’s total. The countries with the highest new internal displacement by conflict are:

16 Aug 2017 description

UNHCR helps with essential repairs to homes of formerly displaced Iraqis, who say their experience reveals the challenge awaiting Mosul returnees.

By Caroline Gluck

RAMADI/FALLUJA, Iraq – Ibrahim Khalil points to the half-destroyed building that used to be his family’s home in the Al Aramil neighbourhood of Ramadi, 110 kilometres west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. “Our house was full of life; we were very proud of it and wanted for nothing,” he says.

16 Aug 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

IRBIL, Aug 15 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti medical aid weighing 55 tons poured into the war-ravaged Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, the latest in a special campaign Kuwait has created for its Gulf neighbor.

Speaking to KUNA, Kuwait's Consul General in Irbil, the capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan, Dr. Omar Al-Kandari, said that Kuwait's Consulate General and the Kurdish government were overseeing the aid process, where medical supplies were delivered to hospitals across the region, all of which suffer from a dearth of equipment.

15 Aug 2017 description
report Save the Children

This report, the first comprehensive study of this size since the conflict escalated in Iraq 2014, details heart-breaking accounts from children who have been displaced by violence and fighting since Mosul fell to ISIS.

The study explores how Iraqi children’s experiences of violence and displacement have impacted on their mental health and psychosocial needs, highlighting how children are experiencing very different mental health issues depending on whether they fled ISIS early on or stayed and endured its control for several years.

15 Aug 2017 description
report People in Need

Prague (15th August 2017) – While millions of people flee war-torn countries trying to find safe havens for themselves and their families, a far larger number of them are forced to remain, despite the continued fighting, and they often fall victim to the attacks. According to UN data, more than 32,000 civilians were killed or injured by explosive weapons in armed conflicts in 2016. In 90 per cent of these cases, the attacks happened in populated civilian areas.

15 Aug 2017 description
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Mosul – Weeks after the retaking of Mosul city, many internally displaced persons (IDPs) are exhibiting signs of stress and anxiety. As the psychological toll of what many had endured over the last three years kicks in, children in particular have been scarred by the violence of life under ISIL. They will need long-term psychological support.

15 Aug 2017 description
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IOM Iraq Situation Report | Mosul Response Update #27 covers IOM Iraq activities from 27 July - 9 August 2017 in response to recent displacements from Ninewa, Salah al-Din, and Kirkuk governorates.

IOM is assisting displaced families and communities affected by the Mosul crisis through the provision of emergency response services including: non-food item kits, shelter, livelihoods assistance, primary health care, psychosocial assistance, displacement tracking and light infrastructure projects.

15 Aug 2017 description
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Baghdad, 15 August 2017– The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Embassy in Baghdad signed a cooperation agreement to support civic and community-based reconciliation across Iraq.

Under the leadership of the Implementation and Follow Up National Reconciliation Committee (IFNRC) of the Office of Iraq’s Prime Minister, UNDP has recently launched a major project to support local peace committees and help communities collect information on atrocities and violations committed against citizens during the conflict.

15 Aug 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

839,490 Internally displaced Iraqis verified as being currently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 20161

593,395 IDPs, returnees and members of the host community from Mosul and surrounding areas assisted by UNHCR since 17 October 2016.

271,171 Individuals (56,244 households) impacted by military operations to retake Mosul since October 2016 are currently enrolled in ASSIST, UNHCR’s assistance tracking tool

3.3 million IDPs since January 20142

15 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • The food security of families fleeing western Mosul has improved substantially following WFP assistance.

  • 100 percent of neighbourhoods assessed in western Mosul reported challenges accessing food, while 43 percent of neighbourhoods in eastern Mosul reported the same, according to a recent Rapid Needs Assessment.

13 Aug 2017 description
report iMMAP

AUG 6, 2017

Iraqi Military Forces

• Found and cleared SIED, grenades, chemical materials, and C4 in Mosul Al-Qadimah.

• Found a corpse of an officer who was kidnapped several days ago by ISIS in Najma village south of Mosul city.

Popular Mobilization Forces • Destroyed two ISIS vehicles near the Iraqi-Syrian border.

• Repelled an ISIS sneaking operation in Mujamaat area north of Salah Al-Din.

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11 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Extensive ERW contamination in the city of Mosul threatens the physical security of IDPs, residents, and returnees

  • August 4 marks the three-year anniversary of the ISIS-siege of Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq

  • Humanitarian organizations distribute emergency supplies sufficient for nearly 1.9 million people since October 2016

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

11 Aug 2017 description

While the battle for control of Iraq’s second city has been declared over, the task of rebuilding the city the lives of its inhabitants is just beginning.

MOSUL, Iraq – Um Ahmed and 16 members of her family live crammed in their blast-damaged two-storey home in the Al-Resala neighbourhood of West Mosul. Despite the destruction, she says she feels lucky that their house is still standing when others nearby have been flattened.

11 Aug 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the United Nations’ Refugee Agency, has been stepping up its aid effort for Iraqi families in Mosul, including for thousands who have recently returned to the city after fleeing the fighting.

11 Aug 2017 description

IOM Iraq DTM has been monitoring displacement and return movements to and from the city of Mosul since military operations started on 17 October 2016. The operations to retake west Mosul city started on 19 February and displacement was recorded as of 25 February.