More than 2 million Iraqis fled their violent, divided homeland for fear of persecution after the 2003 Iraq war. The almost 65,000 registered Iraqi refugees in Syria now find themselves trapped in a new conflict. Those who, like Hayfa, cannot go back home, have a daunting choice between running away yet again and enduring life in war-torn Syria.
While the international community focuses its attention on relieving the humanitarian emergency triggered by the influx of more than 1 million Syrian refugees into neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt and North Africa, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) has not forgotten the Iraqis who stayed behind in Syria.Read more
Top United Nations officials today highlighted the need for the Security Council to act with a unified voice to protect innocent lives, noting that civilians, in Syria and elsewhere, remain subject to unacceptable threats to life and dignity in conflict zones.Read more
WASHINGTON (Jan. 29, 2013) – Greater international commitment is needed to respond to the mounting humanitarian crisis in Syria, where a fifth of the population require assistance but access to those in need is severely limited, said the NGO alliance InterAction.Read more
(Geneva) 29 January 2013 – ICMC yesterday welcomed a delegation led by Assistant Secretary Anne Richard of the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM), who had come to meet with Syrian refugees as thousands are crossing into Jordan to escape ongoing violence in their home country.Read more
ZAATARI, Jordan – A wave of 21,000 Syrian refugees in the past week, moving into northern Jordan at about five times the usual daily rate, has overwhelmed this crowded camp that's already struggling with flooding, short supplies and tent fires.Read more
DAMASCUS, 25 January 2013 (IRIN) - Humanitarian and developmental aid agencies in Syria say international sanctions against the country have made their operations harder.Read more