Seen on ICRC.org: A round-up of news from Iraq, Ukraine & Niger

Iraq. ICRC teams head towards snow-clad Panjwin near Sulymanya to deliver aid that will help displaced persons cope with the severe winter. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / H. Mustafa

Iraq. ICRC teams head towards snow-clad Panjwin near Sulymanya to deliver aid that will help displaced persons cope with the severe winter. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / H. Mustafa

Iraq. ICRC teams head towards snow-clad Panjwin near Sulymanya to deliver aid that will help displaced persons cope with the severe winter. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / H. Mustafa

Iraq: Many more lives in jeopardy as fighting expands

As a result of the recent widening of the conflict in Iraq, many more people – numbering in the hundreds of thousands – have been affected. The provinces of Al-Anbar, Ninawa, Salah al-Din, Diyala, and Kirkuk have been under heavy attack, driving more people to abandon their homes to seek shelter in safer areas. This is in addition to the over two million people who had already been displaced since last year. People in these provinces have virtually no access to basic services, and essential supplies reach them only irregularly. Read more…

Ukraine / Russia: Leaders agree that aid must reach eastern Ukraine

ICRC President Peter Maurer recently completed high-level talks in Moscow and Kiev, during which he focused on the severe humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine and urged the governments of both countries to ensure that vital aid reaches people in need. During a four-day visit to the region, he met with President Vladimir Putin and President Petro Poroshenko, and senior officials of both countries. Read more…

Niger: Displaced persons in Diffa region utterly destitute

The conflict which broke out several months ago in north-eastern Nigeria has spilled over the border into neighboring Niger. Since 6 February several areas in the Diffa region in the south-eastern corner of Niger have been the scene of fighting and violence which has caused many deaths and injuries and displaced thousands of people. Read more…