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23 Nov 2017 description

23 November 2017, Cairo, Egypt – In countries facing ongoing violence, the most direct victims are the people caught in the crossfire who sustain life-threatening trauma injuries. But in the longer term, conflict affects another group of people: those who are unable to access medicines and regular treatment for noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, kidney diseases and other chronic conditions.

23 Nov 2017 description

Nicholas Papachrysostomou is Head of Mission of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Iraq. He oversaw MSF’s project at Al Khansaa Paediatrics Teaching Hospital in East Mosul, which was recently handed over to Iraq´s Department of Health.

Could you describe the healthcare system in Mosul?

23 Nov 2017 description

A new report released today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, shows changes in the routes used by refugees and migrants to reach Europe during the third quarter of 2017.

“Over the past months, the sea route to Greece has gained more traction, sea arrivals to Italy have reduced and we have seen migrants and refugees using increasingly diversified journeys to reach Europe,” said Pascale Moreau, Director of UNHCR’s Europe Bureau.

23 Nov 2017 description

5,344,363 Registered Syrian refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other countries as of 20 November 2017

22 Nov 2017 description
report UN Security Council


8112th Meeting (AM)

Permanent Representative Assures Members on Relations with Kurdistan Region, Missing Kuwaiti Persons, National Archives

22 Nov 2017 description

Mr. President,

I would like to congratulate the Iraqi government and people on their historic victory against the Da’esh terrorist group and its so-called Caliphate. On 17 November, the Iraqi Security Forces fully recaptured Rawa district, the last remaining area under Da’esh control in Iraq. Iraqis took back their country through the heroism and sacrifices of the ISF, including the Popular Mobilization Forces, working alongside the Peshmerga and tribal forces, supported by neighbour states and the Global Coalition against Da’esh.

22 Nov 2017 description


  • The first phase of military operations to retake Hawija and east Shirqat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) began on 19 September, followed by the start of the second phase a week later.
    Displacement from western Anbar increased sharply in the second half of September, rising four-fold within a week.

  • Food prices increased by 2% across the country, but markets showed higher integration in September.

22 Nov 2017 description



Between 19.5 to 27 per cent of male survey respondents in key 3RP countries confirmed having experienced sexual harassment or unwanted sexual contact as boys

One focus group of refugee women in Jordan estimated that 30 to 40 per cent of all adult men in their community had experienced sexual violence while in detention in Syria

In Lebanon, a 2013 rapid assessment of 520 Syrian and PRS male youth and boys (age 12-24) revealed that

22 Nov 2017 description

By Farah Kobaissy

The realization of women’s rights and gender justice in the Middle East and North Africa is inseparably entwined with conflict resolution and peace building efforts explains Farah Kobaissy.

“No matter where you are, everyone says that now is not the time to talk about these issues. There is no such thing as women’s rights. We are in times of war, there is a massive humanitarian crisis. They say now is not the time.”- Yemeni Activist

22 Nov 2017 description
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Baghdad, 22 November 2017 – Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the deadly car bomb attack in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, Salah El Din Province, on Tuesday, 21 November, in which scores of civilians were killed or wounded.

21 Nov 2017 description

Parliament Speaker Saleem al-Jubouri Visits Paul Ryan, USIP

21 Nov 2017 description

IFRC Position on Children on the Move

  1. All children on the move, irrespective of their legal standing, age, gender, or health status should have access to protection and humanitarian assistance.

  2. Because of their higher vulnerabilities, unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) require particular and urgent protection.

  3. No child should be detained based solely on her or his migration status.

21 Nov 2017 description


Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the Security Council open debate on trafficking in persons in conflict situations, in New York today:

I thank the Security Council under the presidency of Italy for convening today’s open debate on trafficking in persons in conflict situations.