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Iraq: Political wrangling leaves around 2.8 million displaced Iraqis with no durable solutions in sight

Seven years after the March 2003 US-led invasion, Iraq remains deeply divided. Iraqis have been internally displaced in three periods: either under the former Ba’ath government; from the March 2003 invasion until the February 2006 Samarra bombing; and since then. Today, one in ten Iraqi is still internally displaced, totalling 2.8 million people. They face continuing threats to their physical security and difficulties accessing basic necessities and essential services. (...)

IRAQ: Karbala IDPs, squatters encouraged to return

Insufficient funds and an overburdened public services infrastructure have prompted authorities in Iraq’s central province of Karbala to assist the voluntary return of up 90,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 100,000 squatters.

Yemen: Selling food aid to pay the rent

IDPs in Sanaa rush to register their names with aid agencies so that they can receive assistance (Adel Yahya/IRIN Some of the thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled fighting in Saada Governorate, northern Yemen, are selling food aid in the capital, Sanaa, to pay their rent, say an aid worker and some IDPs.

IRAQ: Squatters moved out of nearly two thirds of returnees’ homes

A displaced Iraqi woman living in the Adhamiyah neighbourhood of Baghdad. Many of the displaced cannot return because other families are squatting in their homes (jamesdale10/Flickr) Nearly two thirds of homes belonging to Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs) or refugees that were occupied by squatters have been evacuated since mid-2008, a government official said on 9 January

Demo against evictions in Nigeria and Palestine

Protest against evictions in Nigeria, Palestine and Israel, Nigerian Embassy, Tel Aviv, Israel Protest against evictions in Nigeria, Palestine and Israel: Tel Aviv, April 26 2009 עברית אחרי אנגלית In Nigeria, Palestine, Israel and the rest of the world, all people have the right for a roof above their head – a right that is taken by governments.

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative: Final Report

ICSSI Conference - Velletri, Italy 25 – 30 march 2009The conference saw the participation of 38 Iraqi representatives (from associations, women groups, youth groups, ngo's, labour unions, media, networks) and some 20 representatives from international ngo's and social movements.

Conferenza della società civile irachena

Hassan Jumma Awad, Presidente della Federal Union of Oil, uno degli ospiti della Conferenza della società civile irachena. Foto di David Bacon A tre giorni dall'inizio della Conferenza della società civile irachena, riportiamo una relazione sintetica sullo stato dei lavori al 26 marzo: http://www.unponteper.it/informati/article.php?sid=1712 Conferenza della società civile irachena 25-31 marzo 2009 - Velletri (Roma), Italia

Palestine, Khirbet Tana to be razed, inhabitants expelled

Latest News, Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, February 6th, 2009 The so-called High Court of Justice issued the final decision relating to Khirbet Tana, east of Nablus city, sanctioning the demolition of the village and the expulsion of the entire population.

IRAQ: Budget cuts threaten IDP housing projects

BAGHDAD, 6 January 2009 (IRIN) - Lack of government funds could force the Ministry of Displacement and Migration to postpone until 2010 some housing projects designed to ease internal displacement, an official told IRIN on 4 January.

IRAQ: Move to evict squatters from government property

BAGHDAD, 7 January 2009 (IRIN) - The Iraqi government has decided to evict all people who have been squatting in government buildings or on government land since the 2003 US-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime.