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13 Jan 2017 description

By Jennifer Dathan on 11 Jan 2017

The responses that have been developed to mitigate the harm caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are diverse, a diversity essential given the multi-faceted nature of the problem. Those various efforts that seek to mitigate IED harm are, as such, often collated under the broad heading of counter-IED (CIED). Traditional CIED efforts have generally comprised three lines of effort: attack the network, defeat the device and train the force.

24 Apr 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

Filed by: Kelly Montgomery
Digital Content Producer

In Iraq and Pakistan, adolescent youth are facing huge challenges as they try to grow up amidst the conflict, danger and uncertainty that surrounds them. With fighting and other security issues interrupting their daily lives, it’s nearly impossible to learn, grow and make important life decisions without a strong support system.

02 Apr 2014 description

The data table below is as of 26 March 2014

World’s most populous region certified polio-free: the WHO South East Asia Region was certified polio-free at a ceremony in India this week, meaning that transmission of wild poliovirus has been interrupted in this bloc of 11 countries stretching from Indonesia to India. This achievement marks a significant leap forward in global eradication, with 80% of the world’s population now living in certified polio-free regions.

27 Jan 2014 description

Refugees /Asylum Seekers

The number of (non-Syrian) registered refugees and asylum seekers is now 42,683. Between June and August, a total of 871 refugees and asylum seekers mainly from Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran were registered with UNHCR Iraq. A large number (29,550) are in the KR, while 12,640 are in the centre and 493 are in southern Iraq. UNHCR provides protection and assistance to the refugees while seeking durable solutions to their situation, through voluntary repatriation, resettlement or local integration.

07 Aug 2012 description


Multiple IED attacks in Iraq

02 Mar 2012 description

Countries affected by explosive violence in January


Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were responsible for a high number of the civilian casualties recorded by the EVMP in January. IEDs caused 75% of the recorded civilian casualties of explosive violence. This is a significant increase compared with the overall percentage of civilians who the EVMP recorded killed or injured by IEDs during 2011 (55%).

07 Feb 2012 description

The withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq at the end of 2011 did not leave that country with a functioning democracy or effective governance; nor has it put an end to high levels of local violence, or ethnic and sectarian tension. In the wake of the developing leadership crisis between Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki and Vice President Hashimi which began on December 17, 2011, the decreased U.S. presence in Iraq seems to guarantee future sectarian violence and instability.

15 Feb 2011 description

By Anthony H. Cordesman

The war in Afghanistan is now in its tenth year. In spite of that fact, the US, allied countries, ISAF, and the UN have failed to develop credible reporting in the progress of the war, provide meaningful transparency on the problems and challenge it faces, and a meaningful plan for the future.

04 Feb 2011 description

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 17:00

Dear Chairs and Ranking Members:

I write on behalf of Refugees International (RI), a non-profit organization that does not accept government or UN funding, to respectfully request that you include substantial funding for the Department of State and foreign operations in the U.S. budget. Specifically, as you complete the FY2011 Continuing Resolution and begin to craft the FY2012 budget and appropriations bills, I urge you to at least maintain current FY2010 funding levels for critical humanitarian and security accounts in the International Affairs Budget.

24 Jun 2010 description
report Maplecroft

Report says cross border tensions will increase globally as climate change affects water resources

A new report evaluating the water security of 165 countries has rated the African nations of Somalia, Mauritania, Sudan and Niger as being most at risk.

The Water Security Risk Index has been developed by Maplecroft, a firm specialising in corporate risk intelligence, to identify risks to the supply chains and operations of multinational companies. The index uses seven indicators to measure the four key areas surrounding the issue.

15 Dec 2009 description

Requests for assistance to help stranded migrants lured to Iraq under false pretences or unknowingly taken to work there by unscrupulous recruitment agencies are unable to be met as funds for such assistance have dried up this year.

IOM is urgently seeking US$2.5 million to help up to 700 destitute migrants, some of whom have been trafficked to Iraq for labour exploitation, to return home in the next two years.

In previous years, the Organization has been able to assist many hundreds of desperate migrants each year to return home.

18 Aug 2009 description

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Bruselas, 18 de agosto de 2009 - El Día Mundial Humanitari o se conmemora por primera vez mañana, 19 de agosto. En lo que va de año, al menos 69 trabajadores de ayuda humanitaria han sido asesinados. Este día quiere rendir homenaje a los trabajadores humanitarios que perdieron su vida o que resultaron heridos en el curso de su trabajo.

18 Aug 2009 description

A Terrible Dilemma

UNHCR is still in shock over the recent brutal killing of staff member Zill-e-Usman, who was shot by unidentified gunmen in the Katcha Gari camp on the border of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province. Another staff member, Ishfaq Ahmad, was wounded in the July 16 incident. A guard working with the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees, a government-funded agency, was also killed. Four to five gunmen reportedly opened fire on Mr.

18 Aug 2009 description


Bruxelles, le 18 août 2009 - La Journée humanitaire mondiale sera célébrée pour la première fois demain, 19 août, alors qu'au moins 69 travailleurs humanitaires ont déjà été tués cette année. Cette journée vise à honorer les travailleurs humanitaires qui ont perdu la vie ou ont été blessés dans l'exercice de leur fonction. Du personnel de la Commission européenne, par l'intermédiaire de son Office d'aide humanitaire (ECHO), est présent en permanence sur les foyers de crise dans le monde.

18 Aug 2009 description


Brussels, 18 August 2009 - World Humanitarian Day is commemorated for the first time tomorrow on August 19 th, with at least 69 humanitarian aid workers killed so far this year. The day aims to honour humanitarian workers who have lost their lives or been injured in the course of their work. The European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), has staff permanently present in crisis spots around the world.

18 Aug 2009 description

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 18 (UNHCR) - UNHCR staff will join colleagues from other UN and non-governmental organizations on Wednesday in observing the first World Humanitarian Day, honouring those who have been injured or killed while carrying out their humanitarian work.

The day, which is also Staff Memorial Day, was established by the UN General Assembly last December and is especially poignant for UNHCR, which lost three members of staff to attacks this year in Pakistan.

18 Aug 2009 description

The General Assembly decided last year to designate 19 August, the date of the Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad in 2003, as World Humanitarian Day.

09 Jul 2009 description

The Humanitarian Update is a monthly publication from UN OCHA's Regional Office in Dubai, reporting on the main humanitarian events in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. For more information on Iraq or OPT, please visit www.ochairaq.org and www.ochaopt.org

H1N1 - "Swine Flu"

As of 05 July 2009, 454 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) infection have been reported to WHO by 17 countries in the Eastern …