Baghdad, Iraq, 01/09/2016: New housing units for displaced Iraqis living in Najaf were officially declared open at an inauguration ceremony attended by the UNHCR Representative in Iraq, Bruno Geddo, Governor of Najaf, Luay Al-Yassiry, staff from UNHCR’s implementing partner, CAOFISR (Canadian Aid Organisation) and displaced Iraqi families.

Iraq, 26 August 2016 - Over 90,000 Iraqis have been displaced in the Mosul Corridor as military operations continue in preparedness for the liberation of Mosul. This includes over 82,600 IDPs who have been displaced from Salah al-Din (Baiji and Al Shirqat districts) and Ninewa (Al Qayara district) since 16 June, as recorded by IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix, Emergency Tracking.

Baghdad, Iraq: 

With the number of Iraqis displaced due to conflict continuing to rise, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is warning that even worse is yet to come. Since March, more than 200,000 Iraqis have fled from their homes due to ongoing military operations. The anticipated offensive for Iraq’s second-biggest city, Mosul, could result, if prolonged, in the displacement of more than a million additional Iraqis.

On 3 August 2016, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Iraq organized a national workshop in Baghdad, Iraq, with over 25 participants from the Iraqi Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Housing, Construction, Municipalities and Public Works, Ammanat Baghdad and Shoura Council under the programme implemented by UN-Habitat with generous funding from the United States Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration titled “National Programme for Rehabilitation and Regularization of Informal Settlements/IDPs Areas in Iraq.”

LONDON/ERBIL, 2 August 2016 – UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor travelled to northern Iraq last week to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are devastating children’s lives. Tens of thousands of children have been killed, injured, separated from their parents, forced to work, tortured and recruited into fighting.

Baghdad/Iraq, 31 July 2016 - The European Commission (EU) has made a €7 million contribution to UNICEF in Iraq to support humanitarian aid initiatives for tens of thousands of families displaced by violence.

Baghdad, 05 July 2016 - An attack occurred at Al Salam camp (also known as Al-Takia camp) for displaced families, south of Baghdad in the early evening of 5 July, around two hours before families marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Thousands more people continue to flee their homes as a military offensive to retake the eastern bank of the Tigris from extremist groups continues. The influx started in late March and new arrivals are overcrowding shelter facilities for newly displaced families in Debaga, Makhmur district, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I).

Baghdad,1 July 2016 - As a symbol of national reconciliation, the return of displaced Iraqis is a process of utmost importance to UNHCR. However, it requires conducive conditions on the ground. This is why UNHCR insists that the return process has to be carefully planned and carried out on the basis of the international humanitarian principles of voluntary, non-discriminatory, safe and sustainable returns.

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