2014 Iraq Strategic Response Plan Revision

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

  1. Provide displaced persons, host communities and local populations in conflict-affected areas with life-saving protection and humanitarian assistance in the form of emergency shelter, non-food items (NFIs), water and hygiene kits, health care, nutrition, agricultural inputs and food security.

  2. Assess and closely monitor protection needs of displaced and conflict affected persons in order to ensure that adequate services and support are provided.

  3. Ensure access to education, legal services and psychosocial support for displaced persons and conflict-affected populations, especially the most vulnerable.

  4. Humanitarian access is improved and human rights are respected.

Background

Since the fall of Mosul on 9 June, armed opposition groups (AOGs) including Baathists, tribal militias and members of the former regime/military, along with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have taken control of large swathes of Iraq’s provinces of Ninewa, Salah Al-Din and Diyala. The cities of Mosul, Tikrit, Tal Afar, Beiji, Quayyara,

Sinjar, Suleiman Bek, Rashad, Hawijah, Riyadh, Fallujah and Saqlawiyah, are currently under AOG control. Since January much of Anbar has been under ISIL control. This has led to massive internal displacement. Iraq is now contending with one of the largest internally displaced populations in the world; over a million people have been displaced since January this year and approximately 560,000 of these have been displaced from Anbar.

Following the fall of Mosul an additional 650,000 persons are estimated to have been displaced.
The original Strategic Response Plan (SRP) launched in February 2014 is now being expanded and its duration extended to take into account the new displacement and the potential for further displacement should the conflict continue. This revised SRP uses a planning figure of 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The SRP targets the million IDPs of their number who can be accessed. The priorities identified reflect the findings of rapid assessments undertaken since the fall of Mosul as well as ongoing assessments of the population displaced by the events in Anbar province.

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