IOM Iraq Interim Update for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - IOM Response to the IDP Crisis

In 2014, nearly 2 million Iraqis have fled horrific violence and armed conflict, and many of those who barely escaped with their lives now find themselves in need of proper shelter and basic services. Iraq has seen three major waves of displacement. The first wave, in January, occurred after armed groups seized control of the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar governorate. The occupation of Mosul, in June, triggered a second wave. The most recent wave, in August, captured the international community’s attention as hundreds of thousands of families were displaced from the Sinjar area.

Through the generous donation of 49,066,400 USD from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), IOM has reached 125,163 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) between 7 July and 19 October with the provision of emergency services in the Non-Food Item (NFI)/ Shelter, Health and Social Cohesion & Sustainable Livelihoods sectors. IOM, utilising KSA funding, will continue to provide rapid emergency assistance to vulnerable IDP families in the three sectors detailed below.

As of 2 October, IOM has identified nearly 2 million IDPs utilising the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM). This growing number of vulnerable families across all regions of Iraq require emergency life-saving assistance as they continue to be displaced. Over the next four months IOM high priority activities will be directly related to the winterization response, which will assist families as temperatures fall in the beginning of November.

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