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11 Dec 2018 description

In Numbers

5.6 million registered Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

37,240 self-organized refugee returns to Syria in 2018

USD 4.0 billion injected into local economies of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey through WFP’s cash-based transfers, local food procurement, and other expenditures since 2012

Highlights

11 Dec 2018 description

Launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 and the World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2018

10 Dec 2018 description

Arrivals

This week, 658 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 370 arrivals and from last year’s 637 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 94, compared to 53 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

10 Dec 2018 description

Highlights

  • Although over 3,000 families departed camps across Iraq in October, over 2,000 families arrived in camps – nearly half had previously been displaced.
  • Attacks in Kirkuk Governorate have resulted in new displacement.
  • IDPs lacking legal documents have been reluctant to return home over fears of arbitrary arrest in their areas of origin or while transiting.

Displacement

10 Dec 2018 description
report Save the Children

Regional Overview

According to UNHCR, 5,253,800 have now fled Syria to surrounding countries in the region. 1.4 million of them fled in 2014 alone with an average of more than 3.935 people per day. In 2015 more than 617,188 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 1,714 per day. In 2017 more than 623,374 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 1,731 per day.

Children now make up 45% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,354,210 refugee children in the region.

10 Dec 2018 description
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Baghdad, 10 December 2018 – The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has contributed an additional EUR 22 million to the UNDP Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas of Iraq liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This brings the Ministry’s contribution to EUR 80.2 million and the total support from the Government of Germany to EUR 209.9 million.

10 Dec 2018 description

Three years after the Iraqi town of Sinjar was recaptured from Islamic State group, the Yazidis have begun to return. The town is in ruins and the population has largely been left to its own devices. The Norwegian Refugee Council is the only international humanitarian organisation with a permanent presence in the town.

10 Dec 2018 description

Total arrivals (1 Jan - 09 Dec 2018): 23,051
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 09 Dec 2017): 117,218
Total arrivals 1 Dec - 09 Dec 2018 116
Total arrivals 1 Dec - 09 Dec 2017 176
Average daily arrivals in December 2018 so far: 13
Average daily arrivals in November 2018: 33

10 Dec 2018 description

OVERVIEW

Natural disasters featured heavily in humanitarian response activities during November 2018. Torrential rainfall and flooding on 22-23 November affected an estimated 22,000 people in Ninewa and 10,000 people in Salah al-Din. Qayyarah Airstrip, Jeddah, Salamiyah, Hamam Al Alil and Nimrud IDP camps in Ninewa were signinificantly impacted, as was the town of Shirqat in Salah al-Din. Severe flooding in Mosul led to a state of emergency being declared by authorities, and concerns about the long-term viability of the Mosul Dam.

10 Dec 2018 description
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BAGHDAD, 10 December 2018 - As Nadia Murad, the Yazidi activist and survivor of gender-based violence is honored with the Nobel Prize for Peace, UNICEF is calling attention to the plight of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced children in Iraq whose lives are threatened by freezing temperatures and floods that have affected large parts of the country.

09 Dec 2018 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has distributed more than 400 food parcels to the families affected by rain torrents in the district of Al-Sharqat in Salahuddin governorate.

The IRCS`s relief teams in Salahddine have entered the villages that have been hit by the rain torrents in the district of Sharqat and distributed 400 food parcels to the affected families after conducting an assessment to determine the numbers of the families and their needs, and the health teams have provided psychosocial support for them.

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Baghdad, Iraq, 9 December 2018 – The Government of Iraq and the United Nations in Iraq launched today a national strategy to combat violence against women, a significant step towards achieving women’s rights. This strategy provides an overall framework on which policy and decision makers will draw to take concrete actions aimed at preventing violence against women and girls and protecting survivors of violence. Endorsement by all stakeholders of this updated national strategy formalises the commitment of the Government of Iraq and the United Nations to take concrete action.

09 Dec 2018 description

Nobel Peace Prize: Stronger efforts needed to prevent sexual violence in war

"This long overdue prize must be the beginning of a strengthened effort to protect women and men against sexual violence and abuse in wars and to ensure that those who commit what is pure war crimes are held accountable. In too many conflicts, sexual violence is being used as a barbaric weapon of war, in breach of international laws and with the victims of these crimes suffering in silence.

08 Dec 2018 description

Amman, 8 December 2018

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is on an official mission to Jordan to visit EU aid projects supporting refugees and meet with government officials and humanitarian partners on the ground.