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Qatar Winterization Project for Displaced Iraqis

Under the ongoing Warm Winter 2015-2016 campaign in several countries, and with a budget of QR 11 million, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has completed a large-scale winterization project in Al-Anbar Governorate. The $494,000 (QR 1.8 million) project is aimed at alleviating the suffering of internally displaced Iraqis who fled the fighting in the governorate. […]

UN Provides Shelter for Refugees in Anbar

The UN refugee agency has opened its most recent camp for internally displaced persons in Iraq’s restive Anbar province – host to the largest number of 3.2 million Iraqis uprooted across the country and where more than 250,000 civilians have fled their homes over the past six months. The new “Marzaki camp is strategically located […]

UNHCR Opens Two New Camps

The UN refugee agency, its partners and local authorities have opened two new camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Baghdad province, providing shelter to close to 3,500 Iraqis who have had to flee Anbar province due to recent fighting. Sadr Al Yusufiya camp (pictured) opened on Tuesday (September 22), six kilometres from Bzeibiz bridge, […]

New Call Centre for Displaced Communities

UN agencies launch call centre to provide displaced communities across Iraq with information on humanitarian assistance To call the IDP Information Centre, dial 6999 from an Iraqi mobile phone. A national hotline for Iraqi citizens affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis has been launched to provide timely information on humanitarian services such as food distribution […]

UN Denounces Iraq Executions

By John Lee. The United Nations has condemned the execution by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government of three people convicted of murder and kidnapping – the first use of the death penalty in the region in seven years. Rupert Colville (pictured), Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement: “We […]

New US Humanitarian Aid for Iraq

US Secretary of State John Kerry (pictured) announced today at the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Qatar that the United States is providing nearly $62 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Iraqis who have been affected by violence and are in urgent need of assistance from the international community. This new funding brings the total […]

KRG needs Further Support for Refugees

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) says it has been struggling to provide adequate humanitarian assistance to an overwhelming number of Iraqi internally displaced persons, IDPs, and Syrian refugees. However, according to the KRG Ministry of Planning, the Kurdistan Region needs further assistance from United Nation agencies and the international community in order to be able […]

Humanitarian Agencies Assist IDPs in Anbar

Humanitarian agencies are rushing to provide assistance to more than 90,000 people fleeing clashes in Anbar Governorate. “Our top priority is delivering life-saving assistance to people who are fleeing– food, water and shelter are highest on the list of priorities,” Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the United Nations in Iraq said. Civilians are fleeing […]

UN Worried about Anbar Refugees

The United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Lise Grande, along with Neill Wright, the country’s UN refugee agency (UNHCR) representative, today visited Iraqi families recently displaced from Al Baghdadi district in the western province of Anbar. “The situation facing these families is very worrying. They have been under siege for days and […]

Angelina Jolie: The World Must Do More

The UN refugee agency’s Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is in Dohuk, Iraq, visiting Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to offer support to 3.3 million displaced people in the country and highlight their dire needs. Since Ms Jolie’s last visit to Iraq in September 2012, the scale and gravity […]

UNHCR Launches new Airlift to IDPs

The first flight in a new UNHCR airlift aimed at providing winter aid to Iraqis displaced by conflict this year has landed in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region. The first of seven planned flights from Pakistan touched down at Erbil International Airport at 2345 local time (2045 GMT) on Thursday, carrying 3,600 tent insulation kits. The […]

Shelter Needs Acute in Northern Iraq

As the UN refugee agency continues a major aid operation for almost half a million displaced people in northern Iraq, pressure on accommodation remains acute. “Many schools are still being used to house the displaced. In addition, there is urgent need to reinforce tents and other housing in preparation for the coming winter,” UNHCR spokesman […]