UNICEF Iraq Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report, January 2015

Situation Report
Originally published



· Over 2.2 million IDPs are displaced across 2,412 locations in Iraq. Ongoing conflict has triggered further displacement in the centre-north of Iraq throughout January and IDP figures are expected to rise. UN contingency planning is underway.

· Rising displacement is putting pressure on existing, overstrained facilities for IDPs and host communities, and protection monitors have voiced concern over increasing ethnic tensions in camps.

· Despite a continuously challenging security situation, humanitarian actors regained access to Anbar Governorate, which was greatly restricted since October 2014, and to Zummar Sub-district in Dahuk Governorate, previously under ISIL control.

· Throughout the reporting period, 4,570 children received psychosocial support, raising the accumulative total to 34,284 children since the beginning of the countrywide IDP crisis.

· In Anbar Governorate, 150 classroom tents were dispatched, enabling 12,390 children to return to school. Since the start of the IDP crisis, 95,569 crisis-affected children benefitted from access to education.

· In response to ongoing IDP movement into Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah Governorates, UNICEF supported the Department of Health to vaccinate close to 23,000 IDP children against measles.

· Over 211,700 children received winter clothing, exceeding the initial target of 200,000 children by 5 per cent.

· 10,348 families received cash assistance, increasing the total number of recipient families to 14,071.

· 79,191 individuals benefitted from UNICEF’s Rapid Response Mechanism, raising the total since August 2014 to 498,885 IDPs.

· Approximately 10,000 IDPs living outside camps in Central and Southern Zones benefitted from WASH services as have 14,000 IDPs and 8,200 host community members in Duke in Najaf Governorate.