Iraq Crisis | Situation Report | 9 July - 4 August
As mass displacement continues in Iraq through the hot summer months, there is continued need for immediate life-saving humanitarian response. The IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix has identified 3,164,154 displaced Iraqis. Approximately one quarter million of these IDPs, or 15% of the total, have been displaced from and around the areas of Ramadi and Falluja since 1 April. The Turkish airstrikes on positions in northern Iraq have resulted in the displacement of 110 families. Since 16 July, over a quarter of a million IDPs are reported to have returned to their places of origin.
In response this massive displacement, from mid July through early August IOM distributed 1,800 summer non-food item kits; IOM health teams conducted over 2,500 primary health care consultations. To assist displaced people to regain their livelihoods, through the US funded Community Revitalisation Programme, IOM has 19 community assistance projects underway across six governorates. Vocational training, business development services and other forms of individual assistance are being carried out in 10 governorates.
In Baghdad, IOM Iraq is responding to recent displacement from Ramadi through the distribution of cash assistance, funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO). Over 500 of 700 families have already received their unconditional cash grants of IQD 435,000 (equivalent to USD $360). Beneficiaries state that they will spend the money on health care, food, rent, clothing and other family expenses.