Protection remains the overriding humanitarian priority during 2018
During 2018, humanitarian partners are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that highly vulnerable Iraqis in the hardest-hit areas receive the protection and support they require, and are entitled to under international humanitarian law. On the basis of assessed needs, and working in close cooperation with national authorities and institutions, the partners represented in the Humanitarian Response Plan are committed to:
Erbil, Iraq, 11 February 2018 – On 31st of January, the Humanitarian Community in Iraq launched the Real-Time Accountability Partnership (RTAP), a multi-agency initiative for addressing gender-based violence (GBV) in emergencies. The RTAP aims at institutionalizing actions to address and prioritize GBV across the humanitarian response.
(Baghdad, 10 December 2017): The Federal Foreign Office of Germany has generously donated EUR 30 million (USD 34.8 million) to the Iraq Humanitarian Fund (IHF), a pooled fund led by the Humanitarian Coordinator and managed by OCHA.
“We are deeply grateful to the German Government and the German people for this very generous contribution,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande.
(Baghdad, 13 November 2017): An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale struck last night approximately 32kms from the city of Halabja, Iraq. The earthquake was felt across Iraq, including in the cities of Baghdad, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk and Basra.
“There have been reports of six fatalities and upward of 500 casualties,” said Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and we extend our sincerest condolences to all of the people impacted by this tragedy.”
(Baghdad, 21 October 2017) – Humanitarian partners are reaching thousands of people with emergency assistance on a daily basis.
During the past week, well over 100,000 civilians fled from Kirkuk, Makhmur and Tuz Khurmatu districts. Smaller numbers fled Zummar. The situation remains very fluid, with people sometimes fleeing for less than 24 hours before returning home.
(Baghdad, 17 October 2017): In the past 48 hours, an estimated 61,200 people have been displaced in areas around Kirkuk. Humanitarian partners have dispatched mobile health clinics and are providing hot meals and food parcels to families who have fled. In coming days, partners will be providing 3,000 emergency food rations and hygiene items to families sheltering in public spaces.
(Baghdad, 14 October 2017) – Humanitarian partners are ramping up assistance to tens of thousands of vulnerable people in the Nineveh Plains.
“Conditions in the Nineveh Plains vary. In some places, large numbers of civilians are coming home. In others, very few are. The decision to return is shaped by many factors.
Families are worried about insecurity, political uncertainty and the lack of services,” said Ms. Grande.
(Baghdad, 12 October 2017) One year after the start of the military campaign to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), 673,000 Muslawis are still displaced from their homes; 274,000 are living in 18 camps and emergency sites surrounding the city; 400,000 are staying with family, friends or in rented accommodation.
(Baghdad, 9 October 2017) – Although the United Nations is relieved that fighting in and near Hawiga in Kirkuk Governorate is ending, humanitarian partners remain deeply concerned about the safety of civilian populations.
“More than 5.4 million civilians have been displaced in Iraq since 2014,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande. “Millions of Iraqis have been helped to safety and protected by the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government during the conflict.”
When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) arrived in Al-Udheim in early 2014, the town experienced large-scale displacement as people fled north to safety in Kirkuk Governorate and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
The military operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) lasted nine grueling months and took an immense toll on the civilian population. The crisis surpassed humanitarians’ worst-case planning scenarios, displacing almost 1 million people from Mosul. Some 700,000 of those people have been unable to return. Today, more people are vulnerable in Iraq than at any time during the recent conflict.
(Baghdad, 20 August 2017): Thousands of civilians are expected to flee from Telafar and surrounding communities during the Iraqi military operation to retake these areas from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
“Thousands of people are fleeing Telafar for safety,” said Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. “Families are trekking for 10 to 20 hours in extreme heat to reach mustering points. They are arriving exhausted and dehydrated.”
(Baghdad, 26 July 2017): Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, visited Iraq between 24 and 26 July, where she met with senior officials and ministers from the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government, members of the international and humanitarian communities, Yazidi community representatives, and visited displaced communities.
(Baghdad, 9 July 2017) – Since the military campaign to retake Mosul began on 17 October 2016, 920,000 civilians have fled their homes. Close to 700,000 people are still displaced, nearly half of whom are living in 19 emergency camps.
“It's a relief to know that the military campaign in Mosul is ending. The fighting may be over, but the humanitarian crisis is not,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande.
(Baghdad, 3 July 2017) – The United Nations condemns unequivocally the attack yesterday by a suicide bomber at the Kilo 60 transit site, west of Ramadi, where 14 people were reportedly killed and 13 injured, most of whom were women and children.
(Baghdad, 24 June 2017) – The United Nations strongly condemns recent incidents resulting in the terrible loss of civilian life including the 23 June attacks in eastern Mosul and in Mushahada in the old city of Mosul where as many as 12 civilians were killed and possibly hundreds injured.
“Killing and wounding civilians violates every humanitarian principle and is contrary in every way to international humanitarian law,” said Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.
790,674 People cumulatively displaced since 16 October 2016 from Mosul city as of 1 June
572,278 people remain displaced from western Mosul city as of 1 June – 42,246 people have returned to western Mosul city as of 30 May
40,913 people remain displaced from eastern Mosul city as of 1 June – 135,237 people have returned to eastern Mosul city as of 30 May
7,382 fully-serviced family plots available to shelter Mosul displaced people at 19 sites as of 1 June
During April 2017 (“reporting period”), the Iraq Internally Displaced Persons Information Centre (Iraq IIC) handled 5,563 calls, pushing the total number of calls handled passed 74,000. In April, callers identified cash and food as priority needs, with each accounting for 25% of total calls. Requests for information on Government services made up 14% of calls, with calls related to health accounting for 8% of calls.
During April 2017 (“reporting period”), the Iraq Internally Displaced Persons Information Centre (Iraq IIC) handled 5,563 calls. Of these calls, 46% were made from Ninewa, retaining the Governorate’s place as the top caller location for the fourth consecutive month.
Of the Ninewa calls handled in April, 24% of calls were made by females and 1% of calls were made by children. During this reporting period, 9% of calls from Ninewa were referred to legal hotlines, with 57% of these referrals for people living in camps.
I am deeply concerned for the safety of civilians behind ISIL lines in western Mosul.
Although the UN is not present in the areas where fighting is occurring, we have received very disturbing reports of families being shut inside booby-trapped homes and of children being deliberately targeted by snipers. Families in the city still lack access to clean water and medicine and many have only limited access to food.