Reaching children in Iraq

Children are increasingly at risk in Iraq crisis


News from those in the region working on the behalf of children

In the month of August alone, UNICEF delivered nearly 360 metric tonnes of humanitarian aid for more than 314,000 displaced people, including safe drinking water, supplementary food (such as high protein biscuits), and emergency health kits, among other items.

In early September, a UNICEF team went on an inter-agency assessment mission to the town of Amerli in northern Iraq: it was the first UN humanitarian mission to the area since the two-month-long siege was lifted.

In the 48 hours immediately following the lifting of the siege, UNICEF dispatched several convoys (15 trucks) carrying more than 100 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies to benefit 15,000 people in Amerli. These supplies included family food packs, oral rehydration kits for health clinics, emergency food rations, therapeutic food for malnourished children, family hygiene kits and more than 8,490 bottles of water.
Provision of supplies to date fall far short of the existing need. More must be done to provide humanitarian supplies to children, women and their families in the area.
Since January, UNICEF has delivered lifesaving assistance to 641,243 people displaced throughout Iraq.

Perspectives, actions and accounts from UNICEF's team and partners

UNICEF provides emergency support to get Gaza’s children back in school
"Children have suffered appalling losses as a result of the conflict,” said Pernille Ironside, UNICEF’s Chief of Gaza Field Office. “That’s why it’s so vital that we get as many children as possible back into school immediately, so the healing process can begin in a more familiar environment.”

Displaced in northern Iraq, a mother protects her children
ZAKHO, Iraq, 5 Sept 2014 – A month ago, Shaha and her eight children made a long and perilous journey before arriving in this camp for internally displaced persons. Amid the chaos, the crying, and the sorrow, Shaha explains how her eight children stayed together as they went up the mountain. “We just held onto each other, we ran, and we didn’t let go.”

UNICEF takes part in UN inter-agency mission to Amerli, northern Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq, 3 September 2014 – A team of UNICEF technical officers, including health, water, sanitation and hygiene, protection and emergency experts, were on an inter-agency assessment mission today to the town of Amerli in the Salah Al-Din Governorate, northern Iraq.

Amid ongoing conflict, Iraq successfully implements polio campaign supported by UNICEF and WHO
ERBIL / AMMAN, 1 September 2014 – A mass polio immunization campaign across Iraq earlier this month succeeded in reaching 3.75 out of the  4 million children under the age of 5, despite the ongoing violence  sweeping much of the country.

UNICEF to provide cash assistance to displaced Iraqis
ERBIL, Iraq 20 August, 2014 – In response to the continuing humanitarian crisis in Iraq, UNICEF and the Governorate of Dahuk have signed a 5 million US dollar agreement supporting one-time direct cash assistance to vulnerable, displaced families.

Yazidi refugees in Syria: lifesaving UNICEF supplies delivered
Juan is from the Yazidi minority group, many of whom are fleeing to Syria from the mountains of Sinjar in Iraq. Sinjar, a district of Ninewa in north-west Iraq with a population of at least 150,000 children – including many who are internally displaced – was taken over by the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) on Sunday.

Aid agencies work to improve conditions for Iraqi refugees arriving in neighbouring Syria
AL MALKIYA, Syria-Iraq border, 18 August 2014 – Several thousand children are among an estimated 12,000 Iraqi refugees now sheltering at a camp in neighbouring Syria after crossing the remote border between the two countries. UNICEF is mobilizing life-saving support, but says risks of disease outbreak remain.

Video: Displaced in Iraq: “We live like prisoners”
Ahmad and his children are among families sheltering in abandoned kindergarten after fleeing the violence in Mosul. "I hope our kids can go back to their school, their families and the place they come from," he says, "and that this crisis comes to an end, God willing."

Photos: Support for Yazidis in Iraq 
Fighting in Iraq’s Sinjar District, uprooted members of the ethno-religious Yazidi group who called the area home. Thousands of families fled to Sinjar Mountain to escape but, instead, became trapped, without access to food or water.

Horrifying accounts of child rights violations emerge from survivors of violence in north-western Iraq
Dohuk, northern Iraq, 20 August 2014 – "The type and scope of violations against children, women and minority communities in Iraq in the past weeks is one of the worst seen in this century, and is completely unacceptable by any standards or codes of conduct that govern conflict," said Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF Iraq Representative

UNICEF Steps up Humanitarian Response in Northern Iraq  
ERBIL, Iraq 12 August, 2014 – As the humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in Iraq, UNICEF and other humanitarian actors are stepping up efforts to meet the urgent needs of up to 30,000 members of the ethnic Yazidi minority who are being extracted from Sinjar Mountain, in addition to helping meet the needs of a further 12,000 displaced people who are now sheltering in the Kurdish capital, Erbil.

Amid the crowds sheltering in a school, a displaced Iraqi girl dreams of home
SINJAR, Iraq, 22 July 2014 – The Zarifa Usi school, where Marwa now lives, is a far cry from the Golden Dunes school, where she used to study.

Mass Polio Vaccination Campaign Supported by WHO and UNICEF Kicks Off in Iraq
ERBIL/AMMMAN, 11 August 2014 – Iraq has launched a polio immunization campaign aiming to protect over four million children under the age of 5 throughout the country against the crippling disease.

Statement on child deaths in Iraq; attributable to Marzio Babille, UNICEF Representative
ERBIL, 5 August 2014 – The reported deaths of 40 children from minority groups who were displaced from Sinjar city and district by armed violence are of extreme concern.

Mass global action needed to protect children against polio in Syria, Iraq and region
AMMAN/CAIRO, 22 July 2014 – In a report released today, WHO and UNICEF announced completion of the first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever undertaken in the history of the Middle East. Twenty-five million children under the age of five were reached in seven countries in 37 rounds.

UNICEF reaches displaced children in Iraq's Sinjar Province
DOHUK, Iraq, 2 July 2014 – UNICEF said today it made its first delivery of essential humanitarian supplies to Sinjar, a town in the western Ninevah Governorate of Iraq, to assist some of the thousands of people who fled there over the past few days.

Iraq information in French:

Lancement d'une campagne de vaccination de masse contre la poliomyélite soutenue par l'OMS et l'UNICEF
ERBIL/AMMAN, 11 août 2014 – L'Iraq a lancé une campagne de vaccination contre la poliomyélite visant à protéger plus de quatre millions d'enfants de moins de 5 ans contre cette maladie invalidante.

L'UNICEF renforce l'aide humanitaire pour les enfants iraquiens déplacés
ERBIL, Iraq, le 24 juin 2014 – L'eau salubre et l'hygiène sont au cœur de l'intervention humanitaire de l'UNICEF pour les enfants et les familles affectés par le confit actuel en Iraq. La dernière crise, qui a éclaté le 11 juin, a provoqué le déplacement d'environ 500 000 personnes, la moitié étant des enfants.

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Los niños en la primera línea del conflicto de Irak
NUEVA YORK/ERBIL, Irak, 27 de junio de 2014 – Sin hogar, asustados y empobrecidos: ésta la realidad para muchos niños y niñas desplazados durante las dos últimas semanas de violencia en Irak, dijo hoy UNICEF.

Declaración del Representante de UNICEF Irak sobre los últimos desplazamientos de civiles en el norte de Irak
Erbil, 26 de junio 2014 – UNICEF está alarmado por el reciente desplazamiento masivo de la población civil en el norte de Irak. Aproximadamente 1.500 personas, entre ellas un gran número de niños y ancianos, llegaron a Erbil ayer de Hamdaniya, provincia de Nínive, y los informes indican que está en movimiento un grupo aún mayor de desplazados. Muchas de estas personas desplazadas han viajado largas distancias a pie y algunas sufren lesiones por la reciente violencia.

UNICEF gana acceso para la asistencia humanitaria a los niños iraquíes desplazados
Erbil, 24 de junio de 2014 – El agua limpia y la higiene están en el centro de la respuesta humanitaria de UNICEF para los niños y las familias afectadas por el conflicto actual en Irak. La última crisis, que comenzó el 11 de junio, dio como resultado el desplazamiento de unas 500.000 personas, la mitad de ellos niños.

UNICEF envía suministros humanitarios para los niños desplazados por el conflicto en Irak
Erbil, Irak, 18 de junio 2014.- Un avión de carga con suministros de emergencia para los niños afectados por el conflicto en Irak llegó a Erbil el martes.

Iraq information in Arabic

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On 9 August 2014, Yazidi children, women and men who fled Sinjar Mountain rest near the border with the Syrian Arab Republic. Thousands of people managed to escape into the Syrian Arab Republic before making their way back to Iraq’s northern Kurdistan Region. Overall, the region hosts an estimated 700,000 displaced Iraqis, in addition to some 220,000 refugees from the Syrian Arab Republic.



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