Diyala Governorate Profile - September 2014
Diyala, located northeast of Baghdad on the Iranian border, has hosted a large IDP and returnee population since 2006. Diyala has recently experienced a severe deterioration of its security situation as well as ongoing issues related to the disputed nature of three of its districts between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). During the first months of 2014, some families displaced within the governorate due to armed conflict in some districts, especially in Muqdadiyah and Al-Khalis. Then, the severe worsening of the security situation and local economy throughout the summer has pushed large numbers of families to displace looking for safer areas. Many families displaced due to generalized violence and direct threats. Throughout the summer, the displaced population increased dramatically; all IDPs within the governorate displaced internally since June. Further, Diyala became the governorate of origin for more than 3,100 families who displaced to other governorates, namely Baghdad, Sulaymaniyah, and Erbil.