Since June 2014, there has been continuous fighting in many parts of Iraq including in Ninewa province, in the north of the country. The effects on the population have been devastating. Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, many of which have been destroyed or looted. Vital infrastructure and services, including health facilities, have been severely damaged. Access to food and water has become extremely difficult.
Today urgently needed medical supplies were brought into Yemen by plane by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Hospitals are running critically low on medical supplies, and they have been struggling to treat the streams of wounded people following intense air strikes and fierce ground fighting across much of Yemen.
In a new report, the International Committee of the Red Cross identifies the Middle East as a region on the edge, with water resources and delivery systems near breaking point. This is in part the consequence of the ongoing conflict in Syria, Israel and the Occupied Territories, as well as nearly three decades of war and sanctions in Iraq.
Continuing its support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UEFA is donating â?¬100,000 to ICRC's physical rehabilitation activities in Afghanistan. This year's cheque will be presented by Real Madrid CF players Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo today (10 March 20h00 CET) before the start of the UEFA Champions League.
Germany hosts a conference focusing on what can be done to help countries affected by the mass exodus of refugees from Syria in Berlin on October 28. Over two million people have fled across the Syrian border to neighbouring states. In particular Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq have been hardest hit by the flood of refugees.
Armed conflicts, natural disasters and migration have resulted in hundreds of thousands of people around the world going missing. Each missing person leaves behind loved ones in anguish not knowing what happened.
Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the recent fighting in Ninawa Province, including Sinjar and other areas close to the cities of Mosul, Dohuk and Kirkuk in northern Iraq.
Some of them are from religious minorities such as the Yazidis, who sought refuge in Sinjar Mountain after fleeing their homes.