News / Middle East

Emergency Aid Boosted for Iraq's Refugees

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at a camp at Derike, Syria, Aug. 10, 2014.
Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at a camp at Derike, Syria, Aug. 10, 2014.
Lisa Schlein

Aid agencies are scaling up humanitarian operations in Iraq in response to the recent U.N. declaration that the displacement crisis in the country has reached its highest level of emergency.

An estimated 1.2 million people have fled their homes this year to escape attacks by the militant group known as the Islamic State.

The United Nations equates the crisis in Iraq with those unfolding in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. U.N. aid agencies are scrambling to help some 80,000 people from the minority Yazidi religious group and other religious minorities who fled to Syria earlier this month to escape Islamist rebels.

Displaced people of Iraq, Aug. 15, 2014
Displaced people of Iraq, Aug. 15, 2014

The Yazidis have subsequently crossed back into Iraq, entering the Dohuk governorate of Kurdistan.

U.N. refugee spokesman Dan McNorton calls the situation very fluid and rapidly evolving, saying the refugees are arriving dehydrated and exhausted after having been forced to walk a long time in searing heat.

He says that finding shelter for these people is critical.  

“We are very much looking at that with partners now — providing tents to those areas. We are looking at stepping up that assistance, and currently are in an ongoing assessment into exactly what those needs are and how best to deliver that," said McNorton.
 
In addition to caring for the 80,000 Iraqi refugees in Dohuk, UNHCR and its partners also are assisting some 15,000 Yazidis who remain in Syria.
 
The World Health Organization also is scaling up its humanitarian operations.

WHO spokesman Tariq Jasarevic says the agency has sent two trucks to Dohuk with a two-month supply of medicines for 30,000 people.  

He says the International Committee of the Red Cross is delivering another two-month supply of medicines from WHO — enough for 20,000 people — to Yazidis who are still stuck in the Sinjar mountain range.

“We are trying to scale up our operations because there are several crises in Iraq now with the Syrian refugees in Kurdistan and in Anbar province. WHO is trying also to set up hubs in different cities — Baghdad, Erbil, Dohuk, Kirkuk and Basra — that will be staffed, not only from the headquarters or from the regional office, but we are trying also to recruit national staff to help us in providing the response to this crisis," said Jasarevic.

Jasarevic says WHO is recruiting 15 nurses and deploying them to the Department of Health in Dohuk. They will provide services in 20 health centers and hospitals.

He says the agency also is deploying 20 mobile clinics in Dohuk, which can serve around 300 patients a day.
 

You May Like

Video One Year After Thai Coup, No End in Sight for Military Rule

Since carrying out the May 22, 2014 coup, the general has retired from the military but is still firmly in charge More

Goodbye, New York

This is what the fastest-growing big cities in America have in common More

Job-Seeking Bangladeshis Risk Lives to Find Work

The number of Bangladeshi migrants on smugglers’ boats bound for Southeast Asian countries has soared in the past two years More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Lawrence Bush from: Houston, USA
August 16, 2014 2:22 PM
Imternational aids and assistances must reach Iraq in sustained manner for sustaining the ethnic and the religious minorities who've taken shelter in the Sinjar mountain.So, we Americans, our friendly states along with the United Nations do have responsibilities in this regard. The assistances do have two dimensions; to ward off the ISIL militia reaching the refugees areas for messacres; so, keeping up the defense vigil and air-strikes upon the marauding ISIL militia; and, sustaining the food, water, medicines, tents ....... and other such necessary supplies. Out-going premier Mr. Maliki should see his art of state governance has created what sort of problems for his people; for which, the Sunni militia and the al Queda combination have got opportunity to act in this manner subjecting entire Iraq into a vitious state.

by: Lawrence Bush from: Houston, USA
August 16, 2014 2:22 PM
Imternational aids and assistances must reach Iraq in sustained manner for sustaining the ethnic and the religious minorities who've taken shelter in the Sinjar mountain.So, we Americans, our friendly states along with the United Nations do have responsibilities in this regard. The assistances do have two dimensions; to ward off the ISIL militia reaching the refugees areas for messacres; so, keeping up the defense vigil and air-strikes upon the marauding ISIL militia; and, sustaining the food, water, medicines, tents ....... and other such necessary supplies. Out-going premier Mr. Maliki should see his art of state governance has created what sort of problems for his people; for which, the Sunni militia and the al Queda combination have got opportunity to act in this manner subjecting entire Iraq into a vitious state.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthroughi
X
May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
Video

Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

VOA Blogs