Iraq’s ongoing displacement crisis has intensified over the past two weeks as Mosul city and many parts of Salahaddin and Diyala have fallen under the control of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Iraq now faces its worst humanitarian crisis since 2006, with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis fleeing their homes in search of safety.Relief International is rapidly mobilizing in Khasir Camp at the Erbil-Ninewa border and Garmawa at the Duhok-Ninewa border to provide protection services, and as water, sanitation and hygiene services to those in need.In both camps, Relief International’s protection team will prevent gender-based violence and offer assistance to survivors through raising awareness, identifying cases of concerns, making referrals and tracking cases. Our sanitation and hygiene team…
23 Jun 2014
International agency Oxfam today flew out a seven strong team of experts to Iraq to set up an aid program to help thousands of people forced to flee their homes in recent days. The team will be initially based in the Kurdistan region of Irbil, northern Iraq. "With over 500,000 people forced to flee their homes in a very short space of time there is an immediate need to make sure people have a roof over their heads, food and essential services such as water and sanitation. We have years of experience of helping people in such crises and helping them get back on their feet. We will quickly establish how best Oxfam can help along with many other local…
As Iraq faces its worst humanitarian crisis this decade, Islamic Relief is providing essential aid to some of the most vulnerable families. Hundreds have been killed in the fighting engulfing communities in Iraq. In Mosul alone, around 500,000 people fled fighting which erupted last week. Meanwhile, a six-month conflict in the western governorate of Anbar has forced tens of thousands from their home. Islamic Relief is supporting 150 families that are currently seeking safety in Khazir camp, near Irbil. The food parcels contained staples such as bread, cheese, meat and canned vegetables. Families also received blankets, mattresses and pillows as well as bottled water. We continue to assist the camp’s most vulnerable families through our $200,000 emergency operation. Many people…
The attacks of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)—which now controls Mosul and other important cities in northern Iraq—have caused hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to flee their homes. Many have made their way to Iraqi Kurdistan, sheltering in schools, mosques, tents, and in the homes of relatives. UNHCR estimates that 40% of these refugees are considered vulnerable: People with disabilities, the injured, and other at risk individuals. In order to address this situation, Handicap International, already present in Iraqi Kurdistan since 1991, is launching a new project to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people among the displaced. “Kurdistan is increasingly becoming the only safe area in the north of Iraq,” says Benedetta Di Cintio,…
Relief International’s country team is on the ground closely monitoring the humanitarian situation in Iraq after violence broke out on June 10 in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. More than 500,000 Iraqis have fled from their homes in Mosul and its surrounding districts alone, most seeking safety in the neighboring Kurdistan region of Iraq. RI expects many more to be displaced as violence continues to spread to other cities. We are deeply concerned by the recent events. Iraq is currently hosting more than 200,000 Syrian refugees–meeting the needs of the 500,000 newly displaced will stretch scarce humanitarian resources even further as the country struggles under the weight of one million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Families have fled with little more…
18 Jun 2014
Humanitarian Situation Lest it is forgotten, there were more than 400,000 internally displaced people from Anbar and another 220,000 Syrian refugees still lingering in the country prior to the Mosul insurgency, which erupted on June 5. Although no reliable figures are available yet regarding the actual number of people that have fled Mosul, it is reported to be the biggest exodus of families from that part of the country. Approximately 300,000 people have entered the Kurdistan areas (100,000 in Erbil and 200,000 in Duhok). DRC is present in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), assisting Syrian refugees in camp and non-camp communities, as well as a selected case load of extremely vulnerable beneficiaries from the host communities. In other parts…