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02 Apr 2003 description


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Background

Humanitarian conditions have deteriorated in Iraq since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent Government of Iraq (GOI) manipulation of international sanctions. In 1996, the GOI accepted the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program (OFF), after which humanitarian conditions improved.

Between 1991 and 1996, the U.S. Government provided nearly $794 million in humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Iraq.

01 Apr 2003 description
report Caritas


Iraq Humanitarian Response
Submitted by: Hanno Schaefer

General Situation/Overview

The heavy bombardment of Baghdad is continuing. According to the UN, power supplies to the whole western side of Baghdad have been down since Friday, 28 March. ICRC is working to ensure that water treatment plants are served by backup generators.

01 Apr 2003 description
report Government of Japan
Press Conference by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1 April) - Extract

Mr. Takashima: The second announcement is about the suspension of humanitarian assistance in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The Government of Japan decided to suspend humanitarian assistance in the border area between Syria and Iraq because of security considerations as well as the refugee situation there.

01 Apr 2003 description


1 HIGHLIGHTS
Health: There are no reports of any infectious disease outbreaks throughout Iraq. Despite an increase workload, hospitals in the Centre/South have been able to cope. Water shortage is the major constraint.

Security: Several reports of violence against the UK and US installations in Cyprus. Anti-war demonstrations and acts of violence continue throughout the region. There was a false bomb threat to UN offices in Kuwait.

Jordan: An estimated 6000 Iraqi nationals returned home from Jordan with the help of Iraqi Embassy.

01 Apr 2003 description

Kris Janowski - Media Relations

01 Apr 2003 description


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Background

Humanitarian conditions have deteriorated in Iraq since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent Government of Iraq (GOI) manipulation of international sanctions. In 1996, the GOI accepted the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program (OFF), after which humanitarian conditions improved.

Between 1991 and 1996, the U.S. Government provided nearly $794 million in humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Iraq.

31 Mar 2003 description

On Monday, March 31st, 2003, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Andreas Loverdos, announced the finance of humanitarian action in Iraq and its neighboring countries amounting to 3 million EUROS. This announcement came after the decision of the Hellenic Aid's NGO's Programs' Evaluation and Approval Committee.

The humanitarian action can be broken down as follows (NGOs names-relevant activities):

1. Hellenic Red Cross

Urgent humanitarian aid to Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Turkey

2.

31 Mar 2003 description

SYRIA - Sudanese Workers Fleeing Iraq Arrive at Abu Kamal. A group of 119 mostly Sudanese migrant workers fleeing Iraq arrived at the Abu Kamal border crossing this morning.

31 Mar 2003 description

AMMAN, Jordan, March 31 (UNHCR) - While few Iraqis have actually fled their country so far, an increasing number of Iraqi nationals in Syria have been approaching the UN refugee agency for temporary protection since the start of the war in Iraq. Meanwhile, UNHCR in Jordan has received humanitarian aid from Tokyo to prepare for a possible Iraqi refugee outflow in the region.

31 Mar 2003 description

No significant refugee arrivals in neighboring countries

31 Mar 2003 description


1 HIGHLIGHTS
Food Security: High prices of food commodities in northern Iraq together with insufficient household food stocks will soon have an impact on food security for the most vulnerable. The local authorities (LAs) in Erbil governorate criticised the UN through the media for not completing food distributions.

Humanitarian Situation: ICRC reports that telephone connections to Iraq are deteriorating thus exacerbating the difficulty in gathering reliable information regarding the humanitarian situation.

30 Mar 2003 description


1 HIGHLIGHTS
Food supplies: Household food stocks in centre/south will be finished by 20 April, while stocks in the north will be depleted earlier.

Water: shortages reported in Basrah, Ninewa, Kerbala, Thi-Qar and Wassit governorates. Further power cuts will affect the water systems and therefore water quality. No reports of water-borne disease outbreaks.

28 Mar 2003 description

26 Feb - 28 Mar 2003

28 Mar 2003 description
report World Vision

World Vision sending relief items from five countries to help refugees