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18 Sep 2018 description
report IRIN

Eric Reidy, Freelance journalist and regular IRIN contributor

I first visited the Greek island of Lesvos in 2016. It was the tail end of the great migration that saw over a million people cross from Turkey to Greece in the span of a year. Even then, Moria, the camp set up to house the refugees streaming across the sea, was overcrowded and squalid.

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18 Sep 2018 description
report World Bank


Despite massive economic, geographic and human potential, Iraq has suffered from decades of conflict and economic volatility. Over the past years alone, the war against Daesh has led to the death of thousands and a massive wave of internal displacement.

18 Sep 2018 description

UNHCR Jordan has one of the largest refugee helplines in the world, answering nearly 150,000 calls per month. Since its inception in 2008, staff on the helpline have responded to over 1.7 million calls. The system uses Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology, where automated information is delivered on key topics, while 14 dedicated staff are available for more complex and emergency calls.

18 Sep 2018 description

With 90% funding from the Regional Development and Protection Programme, Action Against Hunger has been implementing a 17-months project titled “Creating Job Opportunities for Young Adults” in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The 10,806,000 DKK (Danish Krones) project was implemented in Zakho District of Dohuk Governorate. It aims to “improve the economic situation of vulnerable host communities, Internally Displaced Persons, and refugee families through the creation of new businesses.

18 Sep 2018 description

Nutrition indicators for Iraq from January to June

12,136 PLW*/ caregivers of children 0-23 months receiving infant & young child feeding (IYCF) counseling for appropriate feeding

251 MNCHN* staff in emergency affected districts/communities trained on delivering proper MNCHN services

931 Newborn babies of conflict-affected families benefitting from newborn home services - IDP camps

102,810 Children screened for malnutrition

18 Sep 2018 description



On 11 August, airstrikes displaced around 3,100 families from southern Idleb, and about 370 families from northern Hama. If fighting were to escalate in September, UN planning scenarios estimate that up to 900,000 people could be displaced.

17 Sep 2018 description
report REACH Initiative

Specific Objective(s)

  1. Support the CCCM Cluster programming in facilitating informed and sustainable returns amongst IDP households during camp consolidation/phase-out processes, by understanding conditions and services in areas of return.

  2. Support evidence-based advocacy efforts related to camp consolidation and returns, in particular in situations where forced evictions may be occurring.

17 Sep 2018 description

Executive Summary

In the past decade, counterterrorism measures have had an increasingly adverse impact on the provision of medical care and the conduct of principled humanitarian action in armed conflict settings. Whether inadvertently or not, they have impeded, and at times prevented, the provision of essential and lifesaving aid, often in violation of international humanitarian law (IHL).

17 Sep 2018 description


In August, 52,637 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (25,006 households) received cash assistance in Greece, in 95 locations.

17 Sep 2018 description


This week, 1,578 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 871 arrivals and from last year’s 1,404 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 225, compared to 124 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

17 Sep 2018 description
  • Since the start of the new academic year on 03 September, local and central authorities successfully enrolled refugee/migrant children into a second year of public schooling. Consolidated efforts to secure comprehensive enrolment of all refugee/migrant children also resulted in greatly increased enrolment in public pre-schools and institutions of secondary education.

17 Sep 2018 description

In August 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 2,070 deaths and injuries from 264 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 61% (1,269) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 90% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 20% in other areas.

17 Sep 2018 description

249,123 Syrian refugees registered as of 31 July

30,397 Persons of concern reached with protection monitoring in July

12,320 Persons of concern received cash assistance in July

12,688 Persons of concern received CRIs in July

Working with Partners

  • UNHCR is engaged in the inter-agency response for ongoing displacement and returns.

17 Sep 2018 description

Update of UNHCR’s operations in Asia and the Pacific

A. Situational context including new developments

17 Sep 2018 description
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The Government of the Republic of Korea continues its support to UNHCR’s humanitarian activities in Iraq with a new donation of US$ 1.2 million.

Despite promising signs of recovery in parts of the country, millions of Iraqis still need comprehensive humanitarian and protection assistance. Some 1.9 million people are displaced; hundreds of thousands are in camps. Many will not be able to return home any time soon.