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Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity
Oct18

Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity

London’s annual Nour Festival returns to the multicultural metropolis 20 October-6 November 2016, promising to highlight “the best of contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.” Sadly the festival’s overarching mission is challenged and overshadowed by unprecedented turmoil and fragmentation in the region it celebrates and  showcases. As the five-year-old festival’s audiences...

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WHO teams attacked in conflict zones
Aug14

WHO teams attacked in conflict zones

WHO teams continue to come under attack even as the organisation’s facilities suffer in conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Yemen and elsewhere, WHO data show. Ahead of international events marking World Humanitarian Day 19 August 2015, the Geneva-based UN body called for greater protection for health emergency workers. In Yemen alone, five health workers were killed and 14 injured in June this year. Ahead of the World...

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Baghdad market attack condemned by Germany
Aug14

Baghdad market attack condemned by Germany

Germany’s Federal Foreign Office in Berlin condemned the terrorist attack in Baghdad 13 August 2015 which so far [14 August 2015] has claimed more than 60 lives. A Federal Foreign Office spokesperson, who wasn’t named, in a statement said: “I condemn this cowardly act of terrorism in the strongest possible terms. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and the many innocent people who were injured....

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UK condemns Baghdad market attack
Aug13

UK condemns Baghdad market attack

British Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood condemned the terrorist attack on a busy open market in Baghdad on 13 August 2015. In the early hours of the morning terrorists targeted innocent civilians at the Jameela market in Sadr City in the Iraqi capital, killing and injuring many people. Ellwood, Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, said Britain strongly condemns “this awful attack.” “I am saddened to...

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WHO cash crunch shuts Iraq health service
Aug04

WHO cash crunch shuts Iraq health service

Humanitarian operations in Iraq face a shutdown amid a cash crunch, WHO says. A severe funding shortfall has led to the closure of 84% of health programmes supported by humanitarian partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), in Iraq, leaving almost 3 million people without access to urgently needed heath care services, WHO said 4 August. More than 184 front line health services in 10 governorates have been suspended,...

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