Iraq IDP Crisis Situation Report No. 3 (12-18 July 2014)

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 18 Jul 2014


  • There are 1,231 known IDP locations across Iraq
  • Thousands of IDPs are heading to Najaf, Karbala and other southern areas.
  • Access to safe locations and the ability of IDPs to transit to certain areas of the country remains a challenge.
  • The disruption of the public distribution system is threatening food security for many.
  • Acute water shortages reported across areas of the north impacting both IDPs and host families.
  • Close to 60,000 IDPs in need of shelter and non-food items.
    1.5million Affected people
    1.2million Internally displaced (estimated)
    1million Targeted for assistance

Situation Overview

Thousands of displaced Iraqis remain on the move across the country. There are reports of new and secondary displacements. Some 5,000 IDPs from Telafar district, Ninewa governorate, transited through the Kurdistan Region en route to Najaf, Karbala and other southern areas. The Ministry of Displacement and Migration reported that some 12,000 people from Telafar arrived in Karbala governorate and 8,000 in Najaf governorate in the past weeks, with smaller numbers also reaching Baghdad, Babil, Wasit, Basra and other southern areas. Additional displacements along this route are expected, as violence and instability continue in several areas of the country. Accommodation and basic needs, including food, are being provided by the local communities in some areas. However, requests for international assistance have been received and responded to in Karbala and Najaf.

Since June 2014, humanitarian partners have been working around the clock to provide life-saving assistance to people affected by the widespread violence across Iraq. As of 14 July, humanitarian actors had provided food to more than 153,470 people; clean water to some 235,000; Non Food Items (NFI) to over 74,000 and hygiene kits to 37,000 individuals. Medical supplies, medicines and mobile clinics reached 316,500 people and some 1,250 women received dignity kits.

To continue and expand these efforts to reach all Iraqis in need, humanitarian actors urgently need to bring in the country additional supplies. The ban on cargo flights to Erbil and Sulaimaniyah imposed by the Government of Iraq on 10 July is however delaying the import of these supplies. Despite reassurances that humanitarian cargo will not be subject to restrictions, humanitarian cargo flights have yet to be resumed. Discussions are ongoing to resolve bottlenecks and obtain a blanket approval for humanitarian supplies. At least seven planeloads of humanitarian cargo, including one carrying urgently needed medicines and medical supplies, remain on standby.

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