IOM, through its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), observed a marked increase in displacement due to ongoing conflict during the months of December 2015 and January 2016, most notably in Anbar, Ninewa, Salah al-Din, and Kirkuk. During these cold months, IOM has intensified its winter non-food item (NFI) and fuel distributions to vulnerable displaced Iraqis.
IOM distributed more than 4,600 NFI kits across 10 governorates in January 2016. The kits were provided through the support of the US Government, Germany and ECHO. IOM also distributed: 1,400 barrels of fuel funded by the US Government; and shelter support to more than 300 recently displaced families in Salah al- Din and Baghdad, including tents funded by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and sealing-o kits for unfinished buildings funded by ECHO.
According to DTM Emergency Tracking, over 1,600 displaced Iraqis returned to Diyala governorate on 31 January after they received clearance from authorities to return. Since the end of August 2015, IOM DTM has identified more than 107,000 individuals who have returned to Diyala, particularly to Al-Muqdadiya and Al- Khalis districts.
Amir, who was displaced from Mosul and currently living in Dohuk said: “My mother suffers from a back problem; she is always sitting or lying down. In this cold weather she needs a heater by her side to keep warm. I am so happy today because I am receiving a barrel of kerosene and a heater. With the high price of fuel and few job opportunities, I wouldn’t be able to give her enough kerosene on my own. Thank you very much, I am really grateful.”