Iraq Situation: UNHCR Flash Update - 24 July 2017

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 24 Jul 2017

KEY FIGURES

848,238 Internally displaced Iraqis verified as being currently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 20161

572,731 IDPs, returnees and members of the host community from Mosul and surrounding areas assisted by UNHCR since 17 October 2016.

316,608 Individuals (54,337 households) impacted by military operations to retake Mosul since October 2016 are currently enrolled in ASSIST, UNHCR’s assistance tracking tool

3.3 million IDPs since January 20142

257,476 Iraqi refugees hosted in countries in the region, and 21,224 Iraqis received in Al Hol camp in Syria since 17 October 2016

FUNDING

USD 578 million requested for IDPs and Iraqi refugees in the region in 2017

POPULATION MOVEMENTS

Between 17 and 20 July, an average of 450 individuals arrived at the camps east of Mosul daily from east and west Mosul. Most of the families reported they had fled from west Mosul between two and six weeks ago and stayed in east Mosul before heading towards the camps as they could no longer cover the cost of their basic needs.

There has been a noticeable increase in returns to areas of origin from camps east of Mosul. 2,213 individuals (447 families) departed from camps between 19 and 20 July, almost three times the number who had departed in the previous two days.

New arrivals in the camps south and north of Mosul have reduced significantly. Between 19 and 20 July, there were no reported arrivals in the camps to the south of Mosul and only a small number of returns to areas of origin. In the camps north of Mosul, only 26 individuals (5 families) arrived while 166 individuals (34 families) returned. Many of the new arrivals had tried to return to their homes after the announcement that Mosul had been retaken, but found that their homes had been destroyed and that they had no option but to move to a camp.

An estimated 450 newly displaced people, mainly women and children, arrived from villages near Tel Afar, west of Mosul, to the Badoush mustering site between 19 and 21 July. Authorities are transferring new arrivals to Hammam al-Alil and have warned that they expect a further influx if and when the Tel Afar offensive begins.

SITUATION UPDATE

UNICEF has warned that the lives and futures of some 27 million children are at risk in war-torn Mosul and other Middle East conflicts. In recently-retaken Mosul, protection actors continue to find children in shock, some reportedly among the debris or hidden in tunnels. Some have lost their families while fleeing to safety.

RESPONSE UPDATE

Of the almost 850,000 IDPs currently displaced from Mosul since the military operations to retake the city began in October 2016, some 319,000 (38%) are sheltered in camps. Close to half of these people are in camps built and/or supported by UNHCR.

Of UNHCR’s overall funding requirements of USD 212 million in 2017 to provide protection, shelter and camp coordination and camp management assistance to IDPs in Mosul, USD 126 million are urgently required to meet critical needs of vulnerable children, women and men displaced from and returning to Mosul.