Iraq: Humanitarian Bulletin, September 2017 | Issued on 15 September [EN/AR/KU]



  • Humanitarian partners prepare for up to 85,000 displaced from Hawiga and surrounding areas.

  • Iraq inter-agency toll-free call centre one of a kind in existence.

  • Cash Working Group develops joint approach for assistance programmes.

  • Iraq Humanitarian Fund prepares new allocation.

Military operations in Hawiga may affect 85,000

Humanitarian partners prepare for the imminent military operations to retake Hawiga and eastern Shirqat, in Kirkuk and Salah al-Din governorates, from control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL took control of the area in June 2014 and since August 2016 some 102,000 people fled. An estimated 85,000 people are at extreme risk and likely to be heavily affected in the coming weeks and months. In close coordination with the authorities, humanitarian organizations are working together to prepare for increasing numbers of people fleeing over the course of the upcoming operation. Camp preparations are underway in the area.
Basic assistance will be provided to IDPs at the mustering points around the perimeter of where military operations will take place. Close coordination and cooperation between humanitarian organizations and the authorities will remain crucial. More comprehensive humanitarian assistance will be provided by cluster members at screening and transit sites where they are granted access. Supplies are currently being prepositioned at identified screening and transit sites where people will receive water, access to sanitation facilities and household items, food, protection screening and healthcare assistance.
Unofficial reports from Hawiga and the surrounding ISIL-controlled areas indicate people have experienced extreme hardship and suffering since June 2014, when ISIL took over.

Food is scarce, as is medicine and healthcare. Fighting is likely to be fierce and as previously experienced, ISIL is likely to use civilians as human shields. Escape from Hawiga is expected to be a life-threatening undertaking for all who attempt it, with danger in the form of explosive hazards as well as direct and indirect fire. As is common in these scenarios, the most vulnerable will be at the greatest risk: pregnant women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and separated and unaccompanied minors.


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