Since the outbreak of the conflict in Anbar in January 2014 and the fall of Mosul in early June, an estimated 1.2 million people have been displaced. The vast majority (87%) of the IDP population assessed to date are currently either staying with host families, renting accommodation or living in hotels and government institutions (Public parks, churches, schools) . Staying in camps is viewed as an option of last resort. The number of families currently accommodated in camp settings constitutes only 1% of the total IDP population currently displaced.
Across Iraq, an estimated 1.2 million people have been displaced so far in 2014, including more than 500,000 from fighting in the Anbar region which began in January, and more than 600,000 displaced from conflicts in and around Mosul (since June) and more recently Sinjar (since early August). The majority of the newly displaced are in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.
BAGHDAD, August 23, 2014 (AFP) - Iraqi officials worked Saturday to calm soaring tensions after the killing of 70 people at a Sunni mosque, as Washington branded the beheading of an American journalist a "terrorist attack."
In the latest violence, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at the interior ministry's intelligence headquarters in Baghdad, killing two people, officials said.
The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the reported attack on a mosque in Diyala Province, said to have killed dozens of Sunni worshippers. Attacks on places of worship are completely unacceptable and are prohibited under international law. The Secretary-General calls on all Iraqi authorities to ensure that the attack is properly investigated and its perpetrators held to account.
August 22, 2014: Faced with the important displacements of Iraqi populations, who left their homes to seek security in the Kurdish region, Handicap International decided to launch an emergency response. From June 2014, the organization has been setting up teams with the mission to identify the specific needs of people with injuries or disabilities.
The militants are using rape and brutality to control women who have not stopped mobilising since the US occupation.
In a PBS NewsHour video report in June, Isis extremist militants parade through Mosul, Iraq, one of the first cities to fall to their onslaught in early June. The armed men are hanging off the back of trucks, as the crowd films them. One fighter leans out a car window, wagging his finger. The footage provides a translation. The fighter has spotted a woman, and he is ordering her to cover up.
￼The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is an IOM information management tool which gathers information ￼about displaced populations and their conditions.
Since January 1st to August 18th 2014 IOM DTM has identified 1,310,610 internally displaced individuals scattered across 1,483 distinct locations in Iraq. Though 2014 three major waves of displacement occurred:
Anbar Crisis - pre June 2014: late December, 2013 to the end of May witnessed the displacement of 78,990 families (an estimated 473,940 individual).
The humanitarian situation in northern and western parts of Iraq is dire. The untold suffering of minority groups as a result of escalating violence and attacks is unacceptable and the violation of international human rights and humanitarian laws is despicable. This must be stopped immediately. There are reports of gross human rights violations, especially committed against women and children, which could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
102 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance compared to 81 million in December 2013. Global financial requirements to cover humanitarian needs rose from $12.9 billion to $17.3 billion now.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
There are increasing reports of abduction of women, particularly those belonging to minority groups, by armed groups and of human trafficking within and outside the country. Currently there is no response mechanism to address human trafficking.
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BAQUBA, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque Friday, as Washington declared the beheading of an American journalist a "terrorist attack."
The shooting in Diyala province will increase already significant anger among Iraq's Sunni Arab minority with the Shiite-led government, undermining an anti-militant drive that requires Sunni cooperation to succeed.
More than 1 million people have fled their homes in northern and central Iraq as Sunni Muslim extremists calling themselves Islamic State have seized Ninewa, Salah Al-Din and Diyala provinces. Many of those who have fled are Christians, Yazidis and Shia Muslims. They have been singled out for attacks.
The conflict has led to the closure of Caritas Iraq’s centres in Qaraqosh, Bartilla and Alqosh. Many of the Caritas Iraq staff are now in Erbil supporting distributions to people now housed in church compounds and other centres.
GENEVA, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - About 700,000 Iraqis have gathered in the Kurdish north after being driven from their homes by jihadist fighters, the United Nations said Friday as it stepped up a massive aid operation to the region.
"The Kurdistan region of Iraq is now hosting close to 700,000 displaced Iraqis, most having arrived in early June," Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN's refugee agency, told reporters in Geneva.
No new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 21 January 2014, from Salamiyah district, Hama governorate. The total number of laboratory confirmed WPV1 cases for 2014 is ONE, and 35 for 2013. The annualized non-polio AFP rate is 3.0 per 100,000 and the proportion of AFP cases with adequate specimens is 90%.
SULAIMANIYAH, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces on Friday launched an operation to retake the flashpoint town of Jalawla from Islamic State jihadist fighters, Kurdish officials said.
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party official Shirko Mirwais said the battle to reclaim the town lost to IS fighters on August 11 had already left several dead on both sides.