AMAR CALLS TO STEP UP AID TO PERSECUTED MINORITIES AROUND MOSUL

AMAR has issued an urgent plea to the international community for increased aid and support for persecuted religious minorities around Mosul. 

Speaking to MEPs and stakeholders at the European Parliament, AMAR’s Chief of Staff, Andrew Methven, spoke of the acute suffering of Iraq’s minorities, including Christians, Yazidis, Mandaens, Shabak and Turkmen, all of whom are today facing a battle for survival. 

Thousands have been killed by Da’esh/ISIS, targeted because of their ancient religions and culture, and even more have been forced to flee their ancestral homeland for safety elsewhere. 

From Bombs to Bytes: How Tech can Transform Iraq

One of the big hits at this year’s Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) conference was the tech panel (pictured) with four leading Tech companies using tech to deliver their unique services: Zain Telco, launching Zain Cash, Restrata who offer cyber security to the traditional and emergent digital economy, and Gulftainer, the logistics to connect Iraq to the world of commerce and Inevert, a start-up tech investor. 

There is a clear appetite and ambition in youthful Iraq to connect with the modern world and repurpose the Iraqi economy. The digitisation of the Iraqi economy could usefully transform several objectives in one swoop and be a massive agent of positive change: 

Iraqi Rappers Voice Grievances and Hope

Young Iraqis have come up with a number of cre­ative methods to address the violence, poverty and corruption afflicting their society. 

In addition to street art, paintings, situation comedies and theatre performances, rap songs, which have found a home on YouTube, are being used as a popu­lar way to address the violence and hardships of daily life, and as an outlet to express the youth’s hopes and grievances. 

Ziad Nazem, 24, is among the new generation of Iraqi rappers taking part in this movement. On his You­Tube channel, Elements of Death, Nazem posts songs from his group that focus on the everyday condi­tions in Iraq and the Arab world. 

Iraq: MSF treating emergencies in Qayyarah hospital

The hospital opened by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Qayyarah, Iraq, last December is around 35 miles (60 km) south of Mosul. 

Distant enough not to hear the sounds of airstrikes and rocket fire, but sufficiently close for the wounded to be brought in when medical facilities nearer the front line are no longer able to cope. 

On February 18, the Iraqi army launched an offensive with the support of the U.S.-led coalition to retake west Mosul, the part of the city still under control of the so-called Islamic State. 

As trauma needs escalate in west Mosul more ambulances are deployed

The demand for emergency referral services in west Mosul continues daily. More than 1900 trauma cases from west Mosul have received medical care in hospitals in Ninewa and neighbouring governorates. 

As military operations reach the densely populated parts of Mosul city, health partners anticipate a significant increase in the number of war-related casualties. Ensuring timely referrals and transport from the frontlines to trauma stabilization points and field hospitals is critical to sparing civilian lives. 

Ambulances provide a 24/7 response to medical and trauma-related emergencies, while lessening the tedious travel hours spent by patients on the roads.