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Iraq Situation: UNHCR Flash Update - 6 February 2017



  • 161,886 Internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Mosul and surrounding areas since the military offensive began on 17 October 2016

  • 19,212 UNHCR kits of core relief items (CRIs) distributed to families in camps, assisting some 107,000 IDPs from Mosul and surrounding areas

  • 5,775 family plots are currently occupied out of 11,497 family plots (for some 60,000 people) in UNHCR built camps that are ready to receive IDPs displaced from Mosul corridor.

  • 3 million IDPs since January 2014

  • 245,000 Iraqi refugees hosted by neighbouring countries in the region including

  • 11,451 Iraqis received in Al Hol camp in Syria since 17 October 2016


Mosul: 808 IDPs (138 families) arrived to Khazer M1 camp, 63 IDPs (12 families) to Hasansham M2 camp, and 199 IDPs (34 families) to Nargizilia camp on 2 and 3 February, having fled primarily from north and central neighbourhoods of east Mosul close to the riverbank, which have been under fire from mortars launched from the west bank. IDPs have also been fleeing due to the lack of food and water. During the same period, 452 IDPs (94 families) departed Hasansham U3 camp, and 285 IDPs (60 families) departed Hasansham M2 camp to neighbourhoods in and around east Mosul. Returning families told UNHCR’s protection partner that they were aware there is no public electricity and that potable water is scarce in their place of return. They cited their main reasons for returning as the resumption of work, including some looking to resume work as civil servants.

Shirqat: 288 IDPs (48 families) who fled fighting in eastern Shirqat reached safety across the Tigris River on 1 and 2 February, and are being hosted in government buildings.

Hawiga: 342 IDPs (57 families) fled Hawiga and arrived in Al-Alam on 1 and 2 February. Once they passed through Hamreen Mountain, authorities transported them to the Al-Shahama camp in Tikrit. The camp now hosts 424 families.


UNHCR’s protection partner identified 384 cases of persons with missing documents from across the Hasansham and Khazer camps. The cases were referred to lawyers for assistance in obtaining new documentation. Countywide, 49% of assessed IDP families reported missing some form of civil documentation.

The formal primary school in Hasansham U3 camp has registered about 1,200 students. The headmaster has reiterated to UNHCR that there is a shortage of teachers, stationery and furniture in the school. The school needs to hire twenty teachers to establish enough classes for all registered students.

Living conditions in western Mosul continue to deteriorate. An estimated 750,000 persons remain in the west of the city. UN-Habitat, through a rapid situation assessment involving interviews with key informants, found that approximately 80% of essential food stuff is practically unavailable due to soaring prices and disruptions in the supply chain. At the same time, only 40% of residents have access to safe drinking water. Severe shortages were also noted with respect to petroleum products for heating, cooking, and transportation, as well as medicines and medical supplies.


UNHCR’s Representative in Iraq visited Nargazilia IDP camp on 1 February, and raised the issue of freedom of movement for IDPs with authorities and camp management. Many IDPs in the camp have raised with UNHCR and partners their desire to attend school and work in the host community.

UNHCR opened a query desk in Qaymawa camp to respond to IDPs’ questions and concerns. The query desk operates three times a week to disseminate information, make referrals, and offer a platform to report any complaints.