Iraq

WATCH | US State Dept: PH ranks with Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan in terrorism incidence

Abella elaborated that terrorist in the country was not solely an issue of theology, but is also rooted in poverty: “We recognize that poverty in Mindanao …

by · Thursday, 20 July 2017 · Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Philippines

WATCH | US State Dept: PH ranks with Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan in terrorism incidence

Abella elaborated that terrorist in the country was not solely an issue of theology, but is also rooted in poverty: “We recognize that poverty in Mindanao …

by · Thursday, 20 July 2017 · Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Philippines

Palace: Poverty in Mindanao spawns terrorism

Of the 104 countries that were attacked by terrorists, 55 percent of these took place in Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.

by · Thursday, 20 July 2017 · Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Philippines

An early arrival

Thirteen year old Mona is washing dishes out front of her tent. Living with her mother, Harzia, aunt and grandmother, Sabria, the tent is a largely female space. Except there is Ali. At four months old, he does not take up much space in these close quarters, but his presence is notable. He is nestled into one corner of the tent so he cannot roll away while the women in his life try to manage the endless dust that coats the inside of the tent. Sabria, Ali’s grandmother, explains the haphazard birth of one of the camp’s youngest residents. “We’re from the…

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by · Tuesday, 18 July 2017 · Iraq

Three years without a home

“I’m from Zummar, a village close to the Syrian border. It’s been three years since my family and I left there. We had to go because of all the rockets and things. It was really dangerous. So we went to Mosul.” “I used to go to school in Zummar, but not in Mosul. I don’t know how to read or write. It’s been so long since I was in school that I don’t really remember how to. So how would I go back to school?” Slight and with a boyish voice, Rayan speaks loudly to be heard over the chatter…

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by · Thursday, 13 July 2017 · Iraq, Syria
Three threats to Afghanistan’s future: Rising poverty, insecurity, sluggish growth

Three threats to Afghanistan’s future: Rising poverty, insecurity, sluggish growth

Last week, a tanker truck, one of many roaming the streets of Kabul, navigated through bumper-to-bumper traffic, going past government buildings and embassies, to Zanbaq Square. When stopped at a checkpoint, more than 1,500 kg of explosives that had been hidden in the tank were detonated. It was 8:22 am and many Afghans were on their way to work and children were going to school. The explosion killed 150 commuters and bystanders, and injured hundreds more. This is just one of many incidents that affects Afghans’ lives and livelihoods.

Conflict has constantly increased over the past years, spreading to most of Afghanistan, with the number of security incidents and civilian casualties breaking records in 2016. According to the Global Peace Index, Afghanistan was the fourth least peaceful country on earth in 2016, after Syria, South Sudan, and Iraq. The intensification and the geographical reach of conflict has increased the number of people internally displaced. According to the latest United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) data, over 670,000 people were internally displaced in 2016 alone.

Against this backdrop, our recent World Bank report, the “Afghanistan Poverty Status Update: Progress at Risk”, shows that not surprisingly violence and insecurity pose increasing risks to the welfare of Afghan households. Approximately 17 percent of households reported exposure to security-related shocks in 2013–14, up from 15 percent in 2011–12 according to data from the Afghanistan Living Conditions Survey (ALCS)[1]. This is largely in line with the actual incidence of conflict incidents as reported by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).

by · Sunday, 11 June 2017 · Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria

Bringing aid to Mosul : An insider’s perspective

Atheer leans back in his chair to gather his thoughts. We’re sitting in the anonymity of a crowded lunch room on the UN compound in Erbil — as UNICEF Iraq’s Emergency Coordinator for the Mosul crisis, Atheer makes every minute of his day count. He is a man with a lot on his mind. Military operations to retake Mosul and the surrounding areas have passed the six month mark and with over 600,000 people currently displaced UNICEF’s humanitarian operations are in full swing. “UNICEF is in life-saving mode. Even within emergencies we have emergencies, so we’re focusing on food, water and health.…

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by · Thursday, 1 June 2017 · Iraq

“I’d be a superhero…” Sajad Al-Faraji: after Iraq

Presevo, Serbia, November 2015   “I don’t have any hope, I was born without hope,” says Sajad Al-Faraji, a 15-year-old boy traveling from Basra, Iraq. Sajad is with his older sister, younger brother and his mother on his way to a train station that’s exclusively serving refugees in southern Serbia. I’m on assignment for UNICEF, and here, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” is a standard question we ask children during interviews. But I’ve never come across an answer so bleak, and so final. The family is in Presevo, a small town on Serbia’s southern border…

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by · Wednesday, 24 May 2017 · Iraq

Without school, children of Mosul feared lost to poverty and conflict

Returning these children to school is a priority for Iraq to end the cycle of sectarian violence fueled in part by poverty and ignorance, the United …

by · Tuesday, 2 May 2017 · Iraq, Nepal

Without school, children of Mosul feared lost to poverty and conflict

Returning these children to school is a priority for Iraq to end the cycle of sectarian violence fuelled in part by poverty and ignorance, the United …

by · Tuesday, 2 May 2017 · Iraq, Turkey