TADHAMUN تـضـامـن

Tadhamun (solidarity) is an Iraqi women organization, standing by Iraqi women's struggle against sectarian politics in Iraq. Fighting for equal citizenship across ethnicities and religions, for human rights, and gender equality.

جمعية تضامن تدعم المساواة في المواطنة بغض النظر عن الأنتماء الأثني أو الديني وتسعى من أجل العدالة الأجتماعية و حماية حقوق الأنسان في العراق

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Uprooted Iraqis move into "atrocious" camps: UN

By Laura MacInnis
GENEVA (Reuters) -
People fleeing violence in Iraq have begun to move into atrocious makeshift camps on the fringes of cities such as Najaf, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday.
Andrew Harper, coordinator of the UNHCR's Iraq Support Unit, said the sites were a result of certain governorates sealing off their regions to newcomers.
"Camps are one of the worst things you can have, because you are not going to have proper provision of water ... of sewage, of shelter, of security," he said. "They are atrocious."
At one site near the holy Shi'ite city of Najaf, hosting 200 families, people were drinking from a polluted water source and many women were urinating and defecating inside their huts because they were afraid of being attacked outside, he said.
Without improved access to food and other emergency aid, Harper said such people would be extremely susceptible to diseases such as typhoid and cholera, particularly in summer.
"The more vulnerable are likely to die," he said.
Some 4 million Iraqis have left their homes since U.S.-led forces invaded Baghdad in 2003, toppling Saddam Hussein and unleashing deep sectarian tensions.
Half fled to neighboring states such as Syria and Jordan, and 2 million moved to other areas in Iraq, overwhelming host communities where housing and jobs are scarce.
Many Iraqi children are not in school and Iraqi women, many of whom have lost their families' breadwinners to violence, are increasingly turning to prostitution to get money to buy water and food, according to the UNHCR.

Overall, Harper said the millions of displaced had not received the support they need from their resource-strapped government or the international community.
"As far as assistance goes, it is very, very poor, if not pathetic," he told journalists in Geneva.
"All we are asking for is a fair share be given to the humanitarian agencies to alleviate what is becoming an insufferable situation for some 4 million Iraqis."
The United Nations is seeking to set up "mini distribution centers" near the new camps for displaced Iraqis, which Harper said have so far been concentrated in the south of the country but would likely soon emerge in greater numbers around Baghdad.
He said the UNHCR, which initially set a $60 million budget for Iraq in 2007, would appeal for more funds in July.
The U.N. agency is consulting with the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union to secure asylum for 20,000 of the most vulnerable Iraqis this year.
Separately, the International Organisation for Migration appealed for $85 million to help internally displaced Iraqis, saying greater numbers would be forced to flee the country unless growing food shortages can be alleviated.

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Release Iraqi women hostages, victims of terrorism themselves

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Away from Home; Memory, Art and women solidarity: you are invited to an evening of poetry and music 22/3/2017 18:30 at P21 Gallery London click here for more details
Public meeting at The Bolivar Hall, London Sat.14/5/2016 at 15:00 IDPs : Fragmentation of Cultural and National Identity


Protest the suffering of Iraqi Christians: No to terrorism No to state terrorism.Hands off our minorities. Hands off our people. Shame on the human rights violators on all sides. Assemble 11:30 on 28/7/14 near Parliament Square, near Westminister tube station London. For more past events click here


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Halt All Executions! Abolish The Death Penalty!

We women of Tadhamun condemn the persisting practice of arbitrary arrests by the Iraqi security forces. We condemn their arrests of women in lieu of their men folk. These are 'inherited' practices. We are alarmed by credible media reports of the Green Zone government’s intentions of executing hundreds of Iraqi men and women.

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Professor Zaineb Al Bahrani of Columbia University NY speaking at a our meeting on the destruction/damage to historical sites in Iraq

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Human Rights Watch: No woman is Safe


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Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD

Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD
Building of 1 500 massive police station !
From the angle of the photo, it is possible to calculate that the complex is being built at E 396388 N 3785995 (UTM Zone 38 North) or Lat. 34.209760° Long. 43.875325°, to the west of the Malwiya (Spiral Minaret), and behind the Spiral Cafe.
While the point itself may not have more than Abbasid houses under the ground, it is adjacent to the palace of Sur Isa, the remains of which can be seen in the photo. While the initial construction might or might not touch the palace, accompanying activities will certainly spread over it.Sur Isa can be identified with the palace of al-Burj, built by the
Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil, probably in 852-3 (Northedge, Historical Topography of Samarra, pp 125-127, 240). The palace is said to have cost 33 million dirhams, and was luxurious. Details are given by al-Shabushti, Kitab al-Diyarat.
Samarra was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at the end of June. The barracks could easily have been built elsewhere, off the archaeological site.--
Alastair Northedge Professeur d'Art et d'Archeologie Islamiques UFR d'Art et d'Archeologie
Universite de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) 3, rue Michelet, 75006 Paris
tel. 01 53 73 71 08 telecopie : 01 53 73 71 13 Email :
Alastair.Northedge@univ-paris1.fr ou anorthedge@wanadoo.fr