Baghdad, 30 March 2017 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the terrorist bombing in Yousufiyah at Baghdad’s southern entrance late Wednesday, 29 March 2017, in which a number of people were killed or wounded.
The SRSG expresses condolences to the families of the dead and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
Of the 4,415 calls made to the Iraq Internally Displaced Persons Information Centre (Iraq IIC) during this reporting period of February 2017, 54% of calls were made from in-camp and out-of-camp locations in Ninewa, ranking Ninewa as the top caller location for the second consecutive month.
During February 2017, the Iraq Internally Displaced Persons Information Centre (Iraq IIC) handled 4,415 calls. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) made 83% of these calls while returnees (10%), refugees (2%), members of host communities (5%) and representatives of NGOs (less than 1%) accounted for the rest of the calls during the month. Of the total calls, 30% were requests for assistance, 66% were requests for information, and 4% were complaint and feedback calls. Top three caller locations were Ninewa (54%), Dahuk (12%), and Erbil (11%).
Baqouba, Iraq, 25 March 2017 – The United Nations took its “Iraq: Youth and Coexistence” Forum to Diyala Governorate, hoping to enrich the discussions aimed at gauging the opinions of the young generation on reconciliation with experiences from an area that symbolizes diversity but one which has paid a heavy price from conflict and violence.
Baghdad, 21 March 2017 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is concerned by the recent decision of the Governor of Kirkuk to raise the flag of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq over Kirkuk Citadel.
The Mission notes that the Government of Iraq has clarified that under the Constitution Kirkuk falls under the jurisdiction of the central government and that no flag should be raised in the Governorate other than the Iraqi flag.