Iraq, 22 November 2016 - Over one month into Mosul military operations, which began on 17 October, some 68,100 Iraqis are currently displaced from Mosul and adjacent districts (as of 21 November) according to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Emergency Tracking.

(Baghdad, 17 November 2016): Today marks one month of intensified military operations to retake the city of Mosul. With tens of thousands of families in newly retaken areas urgently requiring life-saving assistance, the humanitarian community in Iraq faces a massive scope of need. These latest developments further exacerbate a humanitarian crisis in a country where 10 million people already were in need of aid.

A new initiative is being launched today (Tuesday 15 November) aiming to help families who’ve been newly-displaced as a result of the Mosul offensive get easier access to accurate and timely information.

New York, 10 November 2016 - Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq Mr. Ján Kubiš briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Iraq on 09 November 2016, reporting steady progress in the military campaign to liberate Mosul and Ninewa from Daesh’s control despite the enormous challenges of protecting civilians that are made all the more difficult by the terrorists’ use of tens of thousands of innocent residents as human shields.

(Baghdad 5 November 2016): As the military campaign to oust the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from northern Iraq intensifies, the United Nations is deeply concerned by the plight of civilians in conflict areas including the tragic deaths of 18 displaced people from Hawiga in Kirkuk Governorate reportedly killed on Friday when roadside bombs destroyed the truck they were being transported in by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).

ERBIL, 4 November 2016 – “An estimated 2,500 children and their families have arrived in the past 24 hours at camps south east of Mosul as Iraqi forces today for the first time entered the city streets and intensified their battle to retake Mosul.

Erbil, Iraq, 4 November 2016 - UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, has opened a new camp in Hasansham to house newly-displaced Iraqi families fleeing the military offensive in Mosul. Some 3,000 people were received at the camp today and all families are being allocated a tent and receiving assistance. At present 450 tents – enough to shelter 2,700 people – are available and 500 tents will be erected per day to house additional arrivals. The camp will be able to house 1,800 families, almost 11,000 people.

Iraq, 4 November 2016 - The IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) today (04/11) recorded a total of 22,224 individuals displaced by fighting in the Mosul region that began on October 17.

Published in Speeches and Stories
Sunday, 06 November 2016 06:40

We Can’t Stay Silent as Civilians Suffer

As conflict in and around Mosul, Iraq continues, recent reports of ISIL abducting, executing, and using civilians as human shields is a sobering reminder of the dangers that threaten civilians caught in conflict.

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BAGHDAD/NEW YORK, 3 November 2016 – Some 20,700 people have been displaced since the operation to retake Mosul started on 17 October. UNICEF estimates that 9,700 of them are children in urgent need of assistance.

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