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33 stories found over the past 45 days
Civilians must not be sacrificed for military victories – UN rights chief, as thousands trapped in Raqqa

28 June 2017 – Voicing grave concern over the fate of as many as 100,000 civilians “effectively trapped” in Syria's Raqqa governorate amid the ongoing offensive against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant fighters, the top United Nations rights official urged all parties to the conflict to enact measures to allow civilians who wish to flee the fighting to do so in safety.


Security 'number one concern' of displaced Iraqis seeking to return home – UN study

23 June 2017 – With three million Iraqis remaining internally displaced across the country, the United Nations migration agency today published findings of a study showing that the decision to return or remain displaced depends largely on how close their home is to the frontline of conflict.


UN chief appoints Lebanese official as head of operations in Libya

22 June 2017 – A Lebanese political science professor and political advisor to the United Nations in Iraq has been appointed as the Organization's top official in Libya.


UNESCO chief deplores destruction of iconic mosque and minaret in Iraq's Mosul

22 June 2017 – The head of the United Nations cultural agency today deplored the destruction of historic religious architecture in Iraq's Mosul city by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) fighters.


Iraq's children caught in cycle of violence and poverty as conflict escalates, UNICEF warns

22 June 2017 – The past three years of intensifying conflict in Iraq have left the country's children trapped in a grinding cycle of violence and poverty, an assessment out today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling on the warring parties to immediately end hostilities.


UN agency condemns killing of two journalists working on assignment in Iraq

22 June 2017 – The killing of two journalists in Iraq drew strong condemnation today from the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom and the safety of journalists.


Bees, hens and greenhouses help restore livelihoods in Iraq – UN agriculture agency

20 June 2017 – Thousands of vulnerable Iraqi and Syrian refugee families affected by conflict in northern Iraq aim to profit from new livelihood ventures of the United Nations agriculture agency.


On World Refugee Day, UN urges support, solidarity for record number of displaced people

20 June 2017 – With a record 65.6 million people last year forcibly uprooted from their homes by violence and persecution, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called on the international community to provide support and solidarity.


Violence and persecution uprooted record 65.6 million people in 2016, UN agency reports

19 June 2017 – Nearly 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year, the United Nation refugee agency today reported, stressing the “very high” pace at which conflict and persecution is forcing people to flee their homes.


UNICEF-backed projects for millions of children in Syria on verge of being 'cut off'

16 June 2017 – Programmes supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to assist more than nine million children in Syria and neighbouring countries are on the verge of being cut off due to a critical funding shortage.