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20 Sep 2018 description

Conflicts and climatic shocks aggravate current food insecurity in many countries

Some 39 countries in need of food assistance - FAO expects slightly lower global cereal production

20 September 2018, Rome - Persistent conflicts and climate-related shocks are currently driving high levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in Southern African and Near East countries, which continue to require humanitarian assistance, according to a new report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.

20 Sep 2018 description


  • 1.8 million people assessed for cash assistance in 2018 so far.

  • 641,3421 individuals reached across the region in the first half of 2018, with USD 95 million distributed.

  • 48 per cent of Syrian refugee families in Egypt need to borrow money or purchase on credit to meet their basic needs, including healthcare.

  • USD 44 million urgently required to continue cash assistance to 456,000 Syrian refugees through . � the end of 2018.

19 Sep 2018 description

Iraqi Kurdistan and adjacent Kurdish regions were the site of increased activity last week as both Iran and Turkey continued to attack alleged enclaves of Kurdish rebels in the governorates of Erbil and Dahuk. In both Iraq and Iran, demonstrations were held by Kurds against these and other actions. Meanwhile, unrelated demonstrations continued throughout the Middle East, most noticeably in northwest Syria, where locals fear an upcoming regime offensive. In Yemen, fighting continues in several areas following the collapse of the Geneva talks earlier in the month.

19 Sep 2018 description

ERBIL, Sep 18 2018 (IOM) - Soran left Kurdistan in 2015, in search of better opportunities for himself and his young family in Germany. Here is his account of the journey to Europe, and the decision to come back home.

19 Sep 2018 description

Catherine-Lune Grayson

The world is rapidly urbanizing and so is internal displacement. Yet we—humanitarians—often fail to properly understand how displaced people cope in such settings and how to better support them. In light of this, we embarked on a study over the last year to reflect on how we can improve humanitarian responses in urban environments.[1]

19 Sep 2018 description

Internal displacement is at an unprecedented global peak.

The number of people forcibly displaced within their own countries by armed conflict and other situations of violence has steadily risen in this century – resulting in more than 40 million internally displaced throughout the world in 2016.

19 Sep 2018 description


■ Over 1,400 families arrived and 2,700 families departed camps across Iraq, including to locations other than their areas of origin.

■ Authorities gave 45 families less than one day’s notice to vacate Al Jamea’a camp in Baghdad and move to locations in their area of origin or to Jeddah camp in Ninewa.

■ Increased restrictions on freedom of movement for IDPs living in Amriyeat Al Falujah (AAF) and Kilo 18 camps in Anbar have limited their access to markets, livelihood opportunities and services, including medical assistance.

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.

Read more on IRIN

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.