(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.
734,942 People displaced, cumulatively, from Mosul city as of 22 May
582,369 people currently displaced from western Mosul as of 22 May
8,733 Fully-serviced family plots immediately available to shelter displaced people at 19 sites as of 22 May
4,500 m³ water trucked and distributed daily by humanitarian partners to Mosul city
some 12,500 people transferred from frontline areas to hospitals for trauma injuries treatment as of 20 May
(Baghdad, 18 May 2017): Since military operations began in Mosul city seven months ago, nearly 700,000 people have been displaced from their homes, including 500,000 people who have been forced to flee from the western neighbourhoods of Mosul city alone. As fighting has intensified in western Mosul, the number of people fleeing the west of the city has increased sharply.
668,846 people displaced, cumulatively, from Mosul city as of 16 May
460,306 people currently displaced from western Mosul as of 16 May
6,994 fully-serviced family plots immediately available to shelter displaced people at 19 sites as of 15 May
4,500 m³ water trucked and distributed daily by humanitarian partners in Mosul city
over 12,300 people transferred from frontline areas to hospitals for trauma injuries treatment as of 9 May
616,264 People displaced, cumulatively, from Mosul city as of 9 May 409,604 people currently displaced from western Mosul city as of 9 May
6,612 family plots immediately available to shelter displaced people in 9 priority sites and 10 other sites as of 9 May
3,100 m³ water trucked every day to eastern Mosul by humanitarian partners
12,081 people have been referred from frontline areas to hospitals to receive treatment for trauma injuries as of 7 May
(Baghdad, 30 April 2017): A group of 36 Yazidi survivors including women, men and children have recently been rescued from slavery, having been held in captivity by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for nearly three years. The Yazidi survivors safely reached Duhok two nights ago.
people are currently displaced as of 24 April
family plots are immediately available to shelter displaced people in 9 priority sites and 10 other sites as of 24 April
water is trucked every day to eastern Mosul by humanitarian partners
people referred from frontline areas to hospitals to receive treatment for trauma injuries as of 23 April