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IRAQ / KHALED HOSSEINI

International best-selling author and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Khaled Hosseini made his first visit over the weekend to see Syrian refugees living in Northern Iraq.  Hosseini, a former refugee fromAfghanistanis the author of bestsellers such as The Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns. UNHCR

25 Mar 2014 | Read More »

KURDISTAN / SYRIAN REFUGEES

 In the camps in the Kurdistan region ofIraq, Syrian women fleeing violence in their native country live in fear. Many young women are forced into marriage by their families where domestic abuse is common. UNDP

12 Mar 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIA AID AIRLIFT

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) started airlifting enough food to feed close to 30,000 displaced people for a month from Iraq to Qamishli in northeast Syria amid growing problems in reaching people, especially in conflict and besieged areas. WFP

5 Feb 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / UNEP AGREEMENT

In an effort to set in motion robust action to restore Iraq’s fast deteriorating environment, the Government of Iraq signed  a landmark agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that aims to speed up recovery and support national development goals. UNEP

27 Jan 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIA BORDER CROSSING

The Tigris river, once a symbol of life and prosperity, is now an inconvenient last hurdle for the estimated 300 refugees that cross its  waters every day on the long journey to escape war and death in Syria.

17 Jan 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIA FAMILIES

Kawrgosik refugee camp in Northern Iraq is home to 13,000 Syrian women, children and men living in some 2,000 tents. Everyone in the camp has a story, most are tragic. Suleiman Abbas Abdullah and his wife are among those who escaped from violence in Syria. UNHCR

15 Jan 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / BAN KAWRGOSIK REFUGEE CAMP

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon along with UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres and Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, Valerie Amos, visited Kawrgosik refugee camp near Erbil in Northern Iraq, where they talked to refugee families and saw the facilities. UNHCR

14 Jan 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / BAN

Speaking to reporters in Baghdad alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was concerned by the deteriorating security in parts of Iraq and called on leaders to provide Iraqis with "tangible benefits and a better future". UNAMI

13 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

The Security Council condemned "in the strongest terms" the recent attacks in the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah in Iraq perpetrated by the Al-Qaida affiliate, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in "an attempt to destabilize the country and the region". UNTV

10 Jan 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIA REFUGEES

Since Sunday, the Syrian-Iraqi border at Peshkhabour has re-opened for a few hours a day. Since then, just over 4,500 Syrians have crossed over by barge. The border had been closed since mid-September in the wake of an exodus of some 60,000 Syrians in mid-August. UNHCR

10 Jan 2014 | Read More »

 

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