Anbar Governorate Profile - April 2014
Anbar is Iraq’s westernmost and largest governorate geographically, but is the least densely populated. It is a mostly desert region that shares a long, porous border with Syria. Beginning in late December 2013, Anbar began seeing large waves of displacement both within the governorate and to other governorates in Iraq. This is primarily due to an outbreak of violence between armed militants and government forces. Clashes have been especially frequent in the Fallujah district and Ramadi city; the vast majority of IDPs from Anbar originated from these two areas. As of April, 64% of recent IDPs were located in Anbar, as the majority displaced within their original districts. Tens of thousands of families have fled the ongoing violence in Anbar and are faced with poor living conditions during their displacement.