As the Eid al-Adha holiday approaches in Iraq, mass displacement continues as a result of ongoing conflict across the country. Between 24 August and 5 September an additional 1,805 families have been displaced from their homes due to fighting around Kirkuk. The most recent DTM data also identified 11,864 families who returned to their homes in Diyala governorate.
Returning families often find their homes damaged, looted or destroyed. With the support of USAID-OFDA, IOM Iraq has conducted assessments on damaged homes across eight governorates, mainly in the south and central regions of Iraq and has identified 300 such damaged homes for rehabilitation.
IOM continues to distribute non-food items to displaced persons across Iraq. Supplementary kits are distributed to previous aid recipients, and include seasonal items such as cool boxes, rechargeable fans, light blankets and towels. Since 1 September, 2,000 supplementary kits and 250 full kits were distributed to displaced persons in Salah al Din, Kirkuk, Baghdad, Anbar, Thi Qar, Babylon and Muthanna governorates.
IOM staff spoke with Mubarak, an elderly man who was displaced from Salah al Din governorate 20 days ago.“My three sons were killed by ISIL before my eyes. They were killed because they worked with the army.”
Mubarak and his wife and daughters are now living with his relatives. “We fled so quickly after the killing of my sons that we didn’t manage to bring anything, not even basic necessities. Thank you for these items. They will help us
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