Iraq IDP Crisis

Since December 2013, heavy fighting between the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Armed Opposition Groups (AOG) in the governorates throughout northern Iraq has resulted in instability, violence, and population displacement.  As of 18 August 2014, IOM identified 218,435 families (an estimated 1,310,610 individuals) displaced from violence, as well as 1,483 IDP sites. 

Iraq’s humanitarian challenges are immense. 

More than 1.3 million Iraqis have been confirmed displaced in 2014, in three distinct displacement waves 1) those displaced from the Anbar conflict starting in early January, 2) the Mosul conflict, which began in early June and 3) the Sinjar crisis in which began on 4 August. While many Iraqis have found their way to displacement camps, many living in schools, mosques, churches and in unfinished buildings.

 

 

IOM Iraq was among the first humanitarian organisations to respond to this emergency, and has worked since the onset of violence to support and serve Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across Iraq. The ongoing violence has rapidly accelerated displacement with flows of Iraqis moving from Kurdistan region to locations in the central, western, and souther regions of Iraq. 

IOM executes a variety of activities to deliver life-saving items to IDPs.  IOM is co-Chair of the Non-Food Item (NFI)/Shelter Cluster for the Iraq Humanitarian Country Team  2014 Iraq Strategic Response Plan (SRP), which addresses the IDP Crisis. 

In partnership with with UN Agencies and external stakeholders, IOM delivers critical NFIs, emergency shelter units, and mobile medical teams to hundreds of thousands of IDPs throughout Iraq. 

As one of its core 'products' IOM provides the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), Government of Iraq (GoI) and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) with an advanced understanding of IDP numbers, location and movement, through the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM); an information management tool developed by IOM to track and monitor displaced populations and the conditions in the areas in which they have temporarily settled. DTM was launched in Iraq in 2006 to track the movements of IDPs during earlier waves of sectarian violence.

 

To date, DTM has been rolled out in over 30 countries includingHaiti, Pakistan, Mali, the Philippines, and South Sudan. 

As of 18 August, IOM has distributed 22,157 NFIs, 16,685 World Food Programme (WFP) food parcels, 1,820 UNFPA Women's Dignity Kits (WDK), 1,513 UNICEF hygiene kits, and 3 World Health Organisation (WHO) Type-B medical kits to IDPs in eleven different governorates affected by the Iraq IDP Crisis.

 

IOM has proven that as long as we have the resources, we have ability to reach vulnerable populations in even the most remote locations of Iraq. In order to reach beneficiaries as outlined in the  SRP, IOM requires a total of $40 million in funds by the end of December 2014.

Explore the links below for more details about the current situation in Iraq and IOM Iraq's response to the crisis, as well as the latest DTM Report.

The stress of living for long, undetermined lengths of time in cramped quarters with little privacy and few personal belongings can be just as distressing as the original event of displacement. In response, IOM Iraq has joined with USAID OFDA to offer psychosocial support to displaced Iraqis.  

Since October...

The IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), published this week, identified 3,171,606 internally displaced Iraqis (528,601 families) from January 2014 through 30 July 2015.

Based on the available information and the DTM methodology, the UN Humanitarian Country Team has now revised its planning figures...

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...

Since January 2014, more than three million people have lost their homes in Iraq. When assessing the devastating crisis across the country, it is easy to become lost in the magnitude of numbers. Yet, each of the more than three million people displaced across Iraq due to recent conflict has a story to tell. These...

Iraq - IOM Iraq is conducting a cash distribution today for over 100 recently displaced families living in Baghdad governorate. This is the fourth cash distribution to take place this month. All of the beneficiaries are from Anbar governorate and were displaced within the last two months by continuing violence in...

Iraq - The latest IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) has identified more than 3.1 million Iraqis displaced by conflict since the beginning of 2014. This number includes over 250,000 individuals displaced from Ramadi, the capital of Anbar governorate, since April 2015.

The DTM has identified 3,112,...

As hot summer weather intensifies in Iraq, IOM continues to deliver aid. Currently more than three million Iraqis face the challenge of displacement.

Families fleeing violence usually leave with little more than the clothes they are wearing, and require life-saving assistance. As mass displacement continues...

The most recent IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), released 18 June, now identifies more than 3 million internally displaced by violence across Iraq since January 2014. 

Many of the newly displaced fled their homes as a result of fighting between the Iraqi Security Forces and armed groups in Anbar...

Iraq -  IOM Iraq distributed 500 tents this week to recently returned residents of Al Alam town in Tikrit District, Salah Al-Din Governorate. Al Alam residents fled in June-September 2014 when armed groups occupied their area. Most of their homes were burned down or damaged by shelling.

After spending recent...

Distribution 

To meet the needs of the nearly 1.9 million displaced in Iraq, IOM has distributed more than 50,000 family non-food item (NFI) kits across the country since the beginning of the year. Utilising Rapid Assessment and Response Teams (RART), IOM Iraq delivers aid that is tailored to beneficiary...

Iraq - Since the beginning of the current crisis in Iraq, internally displaced people (IDPs) have expressed concern about winter. Many lack warm clothes, blankets and adequate housing and are ill-prepared for cold weather.

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which hosts an estimated 47 per cent of all people...

Iraq - Since the beginning of the current crisis in Iraq, internally displaced people (IDPs) have expressed concern about winter. Many lack warm clothes, blankets and adequate housing and are ill-prepared for cold weather.

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which hosts an estimated 47 per cent of all people...

Iraq - As winter approaches, IOM is scaling up operations to bring timely assistance to thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq. While assistance is being provided throughout the country, the highest priority is currently focused on central and northern Iraq, where the largest number of IDPs is...

Displacement

From the January through 26 October 2014, IOM Iraq’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) identified 1,898,844 internally displaced individuals dispersed across Iraq, which is an increase in 145,542 individuals from the end of September.

Clashes throughout the central north governorates in...

Distribution

In response to the recent emergency crisis, IOM Iraq continues to distribute family non-food item (NFI) kits while providing transport and livelihood assistance throughout Iraq.

On 24 September, IOM Iraq distributed 434 family non-food item kits to displaced families in the southern...

Displacement Highlights

IOM Iraq’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reports a decrease in displacement trends as compared to previous weeks; however, the overall caseload has increased by 16,254 internally displaced persons (IDPs) since 1 September of this year. 

Secondary displacements have...

IOM Iraq continues to deliver life-saving family non-food item kits throughout Iraq, with 2,560 family NFI kits delivered on 16 and 17 September to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq.

The number of IDPs has increased exponentially in the northern governorate of Erbil due to clashes between...

IOM Iraq continues to deliver life-saving family non-food item kits throughout Iraq, with 1,044 NFI kits delivered between 11 - 15 September to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq.

Continuing our partnership with local authorities, representatives from IOM Iraq attended a provincial meeting of...

Displacement Highlights

The security situation in Iraq remains dire, as continuing violence in the north and restriction of movement in the central and southern governorates hamper humanitarian response to the more than 1.7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country. 

IDP Movement:...

IOM Iraq continues to implement an Iraq-wide response to the displacement crisis. Intervention mechanisms include camp coordination and management, non-food item distribution and IDP relocation to new camps like the Al-Nahrawan camp in the Missan Governorate.

In central Iraq, IOM delivered 500 NFI kits to...

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