On the 10th and 11th of August 2014, ACTED’s Child Protection and Assessment and Monitoring teams conducted a rapid assessment of the location and needs of internally displaced children and caregivers who had recently arrived in the Ainkawa district of Erbil city. Through interviews with community focal points the following matters were observed:
- IDP girls and boys have experienced a wide variety of issues during displacement, including psychosocial distress, limited access to basic resources and a lack of a unsafe environment.
- IDP children face or are at risk of facing violent attacks.
- IDP children are at increased risk of exploitation including child labour.
- There are no available child-friendly activities for children, and children are not engaged in any activities. There are currently no recreational opportunities for children in these locations, potentially due to overcrowdedness, a lack of shade and dangerous surroundings.
- There is a high demand for the establishment of educational and recreational activities in the areas hosting the IDPs.
- There are a number of children with disabilities and/or special needs present among the IDPs and there are currently no specialized services available.