Iraq Crisis | Situation Report | 15 November to 31 December
The most recent Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reports that over 3.2 million Iraqis have been displaced throughout the country since January 2014. In addition, Iraq is hosting nearly 245,000 Syrian refugees, the majority of whom are residing in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
As of December 3, a total of 458,358 displaced Iraqis are reported to have returned to their location of origin. Of this total, approximately 54 per cent (247,932 individuals) have returned to Salah al-Din governorate, 20 per cent (92,352 individuals) to Diyala, and 15 per cent (68,958) to Ninewa.
According to DTM Emergency Tracking, 3,052 families (18,312 individuals) have been displaced in Ninewa governorate since 12 November 2015 due to military operations in the area of Sinjar. More than half of these displacements have been observed in Mosul district (10,560 individuals).
IOM has distributed more than 13,000 barrels of fuel to displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees and host community members in the northern governorates of Dohuk, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah for winter heating and cooking; 12,000 barrels were funded by the US Government and 1,300 barrels were funded by Germany. Distributions are ongoing.
Jihad Mustafa works as a day laborer in Erbil and is the only breadwinner for his family. He spoke with IOM staff after receiving his fuel voucher.
“My wife, our two young children and I live in a rented unfinished building for which we pay 350,000 Dinars per month. We don’t have a lot of money to spend. It gets really cold in the north. We do not have money to buy kerosene so we are very lucky to receive this barrel. It will keep my children warm at night.”