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25 Feb 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Beirut) – Iraqi security officers are routinely denying relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members the security clearance needed to obtain identity cards and other documents, Human Rights Watch said today. Denying government benefits because of perceived family relationships instead of individual security determinations is a form of collective punishment prohibited under international human rights law.

22 Feb 2018 description
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Some 700 families in Mosul whose homes were destroyed in the recent conflict now have a new place to live. Temporary housing units were set up in 26 neighbourhoods in the west of the city, which saw extensive destruction in the battle to retake the city from extremist control.

During the battle for Mosul, almost 1 million Iraqis fled the fighting, seeking safety in nearby camps and host communities. After the fighting ended people began to return to the city, but for many citizens of Mosul, their homes were too badly damaged for them to return.

21 Feb 2018 description

Key figures

  • 2.42 million IDPs remain displaced since January 2014

  • 280,014 Iraqi refugees hosted in countries in the region, with 11,873 Iraqis in camps in Al-Hassakeh Governorate, Syria

  • 754,410 IDPs in Ninewa (including as a result of the Mosul military operation)

  • 79,662 IDPs currently displaced due to military operations in Hawiga (Kirkuk) and Shirqat (Salah al-Din)

  • 55,596 IDPs currently displaced due to military operations in west Anbar

21 Feb 2018 description
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Mr. President,
This Security Council meeting takes place just days after the Iraq Reconstruction Conference, so generously co-hosted by H. H. Emir of Kuwait, thus showing once again his and his country’s commitment to the humanitarian, peace and development cause in the region and in the world.
The conference was attended by over seventy member states and international organizations and 2,000 private sector companies. It mobilized nearly USD 30 billion to support reconstruction.

20 Feb 2018 description
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Kuwait – As the recent Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq came to a close, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reported that internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq continue to return home by the thousands.

20 Feb 2018 description
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Baghdad, 20 February 2018 – One in 10 internally displaced persons (IDPs) not planning to return home cites explosive hazards as the reason.

19 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • IDPs continue to return to their areas of origin in high numbers but over 808 families were re-displaced to camps across Iraq during the last two weeks of January.

  • A recent protection assessment highlights concerns over disappearances, collective punishment, and a volatile security situation in Shirqat district, Salah al-Din Governorate.

15 Feb 2018 description
report People in Need

The charitable fundraiser called Let´s Help the Library! is a joint project of the library of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University and the organization People in Need. The fundraiser completed on January 31, 2018. 500,000 CZK has been collected for the restoration of the Central Library of Mosul University. “On behalf of the University of Mosul I would like to thank all my colleagues and all those who helped with and contributed to the fundraiser.

15 Feb 2018 description

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has announced the UAE’s offer to provide development aid worth US$500 million, to assist international efforts to reconstruct Iraq.

15 Feb 2018 description
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Kuwait City, 14 February 2018

It was [inaudible] to convene a conference mobilizing [inaudible] necessary to respond to that terrible humanitarian drama.

Today, Kuwait assumes the leadership in convening the conference in solidarity with the people and the Government of Iraq.

But the response to this conference and to this appeal is an extraordinary proof of confidence in the Government and in the people of Iraq. The international community has shown the recognition that Iraq is on the right track for recovery and stabilization.

15 Feb 2018 description
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From 31 December 2017 to 31 January 2018:

• As of 31 January 2018, the DTM has identified 2,470,974 internally displaced persons (411,829 families) displaced after January 2014, dispersed across 97 districts and 3,702 locations in Iraq. For the same period, DTM has also identified 3,346,704 returnees (557,784 families).

• Overall, the total number of identified IDPs decreased by approximately 6% (145,014 individuals). Decreases were recorded across all of Iraq’s 18 governorates.

15 Feb 2018 description
report IRIN

While the future of Iraq is planned out at a Kuwait conference, basic help is yet to reach many

Happy cries of children on reopened fairground rides in east Mosul echo out across the placid expanse of the Tigris River while Muhunnad, 27, stands on top of the ruins of his former home in west Mosul's Old City.

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14 Feb 2018 description
report European Commission

The EU is a long-term partner of Iraq, cooperating in the field of humanitarian aid, stabilisation, security and the political reform agenda.

In response to the challenges Iraq is facing following the territorial defeat of Da'esh, including ongoing humanitarian, stabilisation, early recovery, reform and reconciliation needs, the EU adopted on 22 January 2018 a new EU strategy for Iraq. The strategy demonstrates the EU's continued commitment to support the Iraqi people and their government as they seek to tackle these key challenges.

14 Feb 2018 description
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I am delighted to be here with you today to discuss the reconstruction of Iraq, a country that has suffered so much and that has so much to contribute to the world.

I thank the government of Kuwait for demonstrating, once again, its commitment to its neighbour.

14 Feb 2018 description
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PROFILE OF THE CRISIS

OVERVIEW AND IMPACT

The majority of displaced families are expected to return to their communities by the end of the year

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is entering a new phase. Combat operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have ended and hundreds of thousands of displaced people are returning to their homes and communities.

13 Feb 2018 description
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Kuwait City, 13 February 2018– Lives and livelihoods in Iraq’s liberated areas are being restored at long last.

In Fallujah, as many as 1,800 vehicles and 100 pedestrians per hour can cross the re-opened ‘new bridge’ linking Baghdad with Al-Anbar Province. The fibre optic cable connecting more than 3,000 customers with Baghdad has been restored. The Jadidah fuel station, which had been closed for three years, now pumps an average of more than 31,000 litres for 300 vehicles per day.

12 Feb 2018 description

USIP’s Nancy Lindborg and Sarhang Hamasaeed on This Week’s Donor Conference in Kuwait

12 Feb 2018 description
report Theirworld

As a summit on reconstructing the conflict-torn country begins, we talk in depth to UNICEF's representative in Iraq about schooling and peacebuilding

Children’s education is key to the rebuilding of society in Iraq and for the troubled nation to achieve a sustainable peace.

Ahead of an international summit that starts today, UNICEF’s representative for Iraq told Theirworld that schooling is “critically important” for the country’s future. Peter Hawkins said children are at “the centre of the reconstruction and rehabilitation”.