Ninewa governorate profile, May 2015
Situated in northern Iraq, with a total population of 2,811,091, Ninewa is the country’s third largest governorate. Over the past decade, ethno-religious persecution resulted in massive migrations to, from, and within Ninewa. Additionally, sectarian conflicts have been exacerbated by disputes between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Government of Iraq (GOI) over the governance of parts of six of Ninewa’s districts, which are Sinjar, Telafar, Tilkaif, Al-Shikhan, Akre and Al-Hamdaniya. Since the start of the latest crisis, Ninewa. The governorate has been a theatre of dramatic events that have shaped the dynamics of IDP movement. In early June, armed groups (AGs) seized control over Mosul. The city’s population was subject to persecution based on religious affiliation. As a result, many families were forced to leave their homes. The Operation Inherent Resolve launched by the US-led coalition in the aftermath of the Sinjar offensive pushed even more persons to displace. Currently, the governorate reportedly hosts 6% of all IDPs in Iraq, a total of 31,806 individuals. Moreover Ninewa was the governorate of origin of almost 36% of all IDPs in Iraq, totalling over 1,050,000 individuals as of May 2015.