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ACTED, with UNICEF, provides safe spaces for children and youth fleeing Syria, in Qushtapa and Darashakran Camps in Iraqi Kurdistan. Children participating in ACTED’s programs as well as community leaders have identified early marriage as an increasing issue in the camps. Responding to this threat to children’s safety, ACTED has sensitized staff and joined forces with protection actors to advocate for vulnerable children and youth. The conflict in Syria, ongoing for over three years, has caused mass displacement of nearly 220,000 refugees into Iraqi Kurdistan. Over half of this vulnerable population are children under the age of 18. Early childhood marriage is on the rise within the camps ACTED has been providing safe spaces and protection services for Syrian refugee…
Nature Iraq's Waterkeepers Iraq program initiates the Choman-Rawanduz River Expedition this week with a major Kick-Off Event on the 9-10th of May on the river near the town of Choman in Erbil Governorate. The expedition is an opportunity to promote and celebrate Iraq's amazing wild rivers and raise awareness about the threat they face. The Kick-Off will include music, arts, nature walks and presentations. There will be talks and demonstrations with experts on river safety and kayaking and water quality monitoring. All are welcome to this free event, which runs 12 to 5 pm on Friday,9 May and 11 to 5 pm on Saturday, 10 May. There will also be outreach events on 16 May in the Rawanduz Gorge ....…
As part of its initiatives to guarantee young Syrian refugees their right to quality education, UNESCO Office for Iraq expanded its activities in the camps, launching a new series of training targeting teachers and parents in the two main camps of Darashkran and Kawargowsak in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. After training teachers and opening the first secondary school in Domiz camp in Duhok, UNESCO Office for Iraq held similar training programmes in the two camps of Darashakaran and Kawargoesk in Erbil to introduce more than 40 teachers and over 35 members of Parent Teacher Associations to interactive learning and the complex aspects of emergency education. Held on the camps premises between 12 and 24 April 2014, the training was…
Funded from UNHCR and implemented by UIMS, within Transitional and Epidemiological Diseases program an educational workshop was held in Al-Obeidi camp for Syrian refugees. Where workshop targeted 60 male and female Syrian refugees, 20 participants each day and with the participation of six female Syrian refugees as volunteers who had trained in the first aid training project that been implemented by UIMS and funded by NCCI and UNHCR in 2013.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in collaboration with UNHCR has completed a shelter construction project in Qushtapa Camp, one of the permanent sites in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq that is hosting more than 4,500 Syrian refugees. The completion of 240 tent slabs and 60 kitchens ended the initial phase of DRC's shelter project on 15th April, 2014.Improving refugees' shelters in Qushtapa Camp was an immediate intervention to reduce the effects of the extremely hot summers in Iraq; and also helping to insulate the shelters from the cold, rain and muddy conditions brought in during the winter period. In the long run, the joint DRC and UNHCR project reinforces the goal of promoting a better quality of life for the…
The conflict in Anbar has caused almost 400.000 internally displaced (IDP) on top the 1 million already in displacement in Iraq. In the capital of Baghdad the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been able to reachsome of the most vulnerable IDP’s with cash assistance. Over the last one month, DRC started its protection monitoring project in Baghdad aiming to mitigate the adverse effects of displacement; attributed to the loss of legal and social rights, as well as the lack of access to basic services. The project, targeting 2,000 IDP families is concentrated in five communities of Baghdad, namely Al Ghazaliya, Hettin, Amereya, Adameya and Al Khadra. “With a rapidly increasing number of IDP’s and new waves of displacement to more…