IOM reports nearly 37,000 Iraqi IDPs newly displaced in December.
U.N. and Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) release immediate response plan to address humanitarian needs through March 31.
USG partners provide essential, seasonally appropriate assistance to IDPs.
Winter weather is negatively affecting displaced families and other vulnerable populations in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR). Dohuk Governorate experienced the first snowfall of the winter season on January 8, while some areas of As Sulaymaniyah Governorate also experienced heavy rain and snow. Winter conditions in Ninewa Governorate had prompted more than 1,000 IDPs from Sinjar Mountain to seek refuge in villages at lower altitudes as of January 9, according to the U.N. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that humanitarian organizations are monitoring the needs of the most vulnerable IDPs and responding with seasonally appropriate emergency relief commodities, such as heaters, kerosene, winter clothing and blankets.
The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) reported that insecurity, including acts of terrorism and fighting between armed groups, resulted in at least 35,400 civilian casualties—including nearly 12,300 deaths and 23,100 injuries—in Iraq between January 1 and December 31, 2014. Approximately 63 percent of those casualties took place between June 1 and December 31. Prior to 2014, UNAMI’s highest number of recorded civilian casualties occurred in 2008, when violence resulted in 6,800 deaths and 20,200 injuries.
USG agencies have supported the Iraq humanitarian response with nearly $218.4 million in FY 2014 and FY 2015 funding. This includes nearly $10.2 million in FY 2015 assistance from USAID/OFDA for programs providing life-saving assistance to vulnerable Iraqis.