Iraq Child Protection Sub-Cluster: Secondary Data Review (National), August 2017


This document collates and primarily analyzes available information on key child protection issues from a compilation of reports. It includes pre emergency and in-emergency information about the following child protection vulnerabilities in Iraq: Abduction, Child Labour, Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups, Danger and Injuries, Justice for Children, Killing and Maiming of Children, Physical Violence and other Harmful Practices, Psychosocial Distress and Mental Disorder, Sexual Violence and exploitation, and Unaccompanied and Separated Children. It also captures Overall Protection, Overall Child Protection, and Other Child Protection issues. The document also provides a section on information gaps, an overview of the legal framework and a list of documents used to create this report.

Overall Protection

  • KIs reported that in 47% of neighborhoods communities have seen or heard of explosive remnants of war, with several neighborhoods reporting specific incidents of death and injury. Concerning challenges of movement and safety IDPs were almost entirely reported to be the main population group vulnerable. Children were reported to face risks in half the neighborhoods assessed with child labor being the main concern. Assessment Working Group Iraq - Mosul Multi-Cluster Rapid Needs Assessment - Round 2, June 2019

  • 3,500 IDP families impacted by the threat of evictions from Amriyat Al Fallujah (AAF)
    IDP camps RPA Crisis Information Report - March 30 2017 - RPA

  • According to camp authorities, a dozen IDP families in AAF camps are fearful of returning to areas of origin in Saqlawiyah out of fear for their security from armed forces. In the majority of these cases, families mostly comprise women, children and elderly as adult males have been detained by pro-government alarmed forces controlling the areas after being retaken. Iraq Protection Cluster: Anbar Returnee Profile - March 2017

  • According to government figures as of April, more than 585,000 people (321,000 children) are displaced from Mosul SitRep April 2017 - UNICEF

  • All children under age 3 years old were without birth certificates or civil documentation.
    Families were unable to add new family memebrs to the food ration (PDS) cards, which limited the amount of food they received.. RPA Crisis Information Report - 5 May 2017 - RPA

  • Although cases of identified forced returns have decreased, the Protection monitoring team has identified a significant number of households being prevented from return based on suspicion of affiliation of one of their family members with ISIL. Some of Protection Monitoring Report - May 2017

  • As of 29 May, 790,674 people (434,800 children) have been displaced since 17 October 2016. SitRep May 2017 - UNICEF

  • Denied access to education/forced return: In Bzeibez in Anbar, children coming from areas considered as “safe to return” are being expelled from official schools, as a way to force families to return. The issue is increasing each month as new areas are being officially considered as safe to return. Protection Monitoring Report - May 2017