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31 Mar 2003 description

SYRIA - Sudanese Workers Fleeing Iraq Arrive at Abu Kamal. A group of 119 mostly Sudanese migrant workers fleeing Iraq arrived at the Abu Kamal border crossing this morning.

31 Mar 2003 description

AMMAN, Jordan, March 31 (UNHCR) - While few Iraqis have actually fled their country so far, an increasing number of Iraqi nationals in Syria have been approaching the UN refugee agency for temporary protection since the start of the war in Iraq. Meanwhile, UNHCR in Jordan has received humanitarian aid from Tokyo to prepare for a possible Iraqi refugee outflow in the region.

30 Mar 2003 description


1 HIGHLIGHTS
Food supplies: Household food stocks in centre/south will be finished by 20 April, while stocks in the north will be depleted earlier.

Water: shortages reported in Basrah, Ninewa, Kerbala, Thi-Qar and Wassit governorates. Further power cuts will affect the water systems and therefore water quality. No reports of water-borne disease outbreaks.

28 Mar 2003 description

Catholic Relief Services is providing food, medicine and support to the people of Iraq. The agency's Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Christine Tucker stated that today more than ever CRS is providing this aid with a "heavy heart".

28 Mar 2003 description

Key Developments

  • World Food Programme expect most families to have sufficient food reserves to last until April / May. There are few reports of substantial population movements giving rise to humanitarian concern. The most pressing humanitarian issue is the maintenance of water supplies, particularly in areas where it has been disrupted.

28 Mar 2003 description

Kris Janowski - Media Relations

28 Mar 2003 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 178 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org
Launched on 20 March 2003 for CHF 111,039,000 (USD 79,776,929 or EUR 75,481,631) for nine months for 305,000 beneficiaries.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Allocated: CHF 75,000 in the pre-positioning phase
Beneficiaries: 305,000

28 Mar 2003 description

Middle East Emergency Preparedness MEEP-21
March 28, 2003

Information provided by ACT Regional Coordinator, Eszter Németh: ACT Regional Coordination Office: Amman: Jordan

Overview of situation

Reports indicate that due to the heavy bombardment of Baghdad, damage to private buildings is growing. It is also reported that the electricity and telecommunications sustained damage on Thursday, March 27, due to the continued assault on the Iraqi capital.

28 Mar 2003 description


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Situation in the three northern governorates

Tensions are high in Sulaymaniyah region due to the presence and activity of Ansar al Islam. The PUK evacuated the civilians out of the area in anticipation of a potential confrontation. Apart from schools and some local authorities departments, all other social services are functioning normally.

Health situation

28 Mar 2003 description
report World Vision

World Vision sending relief items from five countries to help refugees

28 Mar 2003 description

26 Feb - 28 Mar 2003

27 Mar 2003 description
report Government of Japan
  1. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has requested Japan to consider the dispatch of a medical team to refugee camps in Syria. Considering that prompt cooperation with the refugee assistance conducted by the UNHCR will be appropriate as Japan's contribution to the international community from a humanitarian point of view, the Government of Japan is dispatching a preparatory study mission that includes doctors, headed by Mr.
27 Mar 2003 description
report World Vision

World Vision plans today (March 26) to send emergency relief supplies to Syria to cope with a potential refugee emergency.