Ongoing conflict in Iraq continues to affect millions of Iraqis. Interventions by the international coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), including military and logistical support to the Iraqi Security Forces and the Peshmerga, have resulted in the retreat of ISIS in many areas of Iraq. But it has also contributed to civilian casualties and unprecedented levels of displacement. Furthermore, the military campaign against ISIS has resulted in irreversible realities on the ground. This report on Sinjar provides an important understanding of new dynamics in areas where ISIS has retreated. In post-ISIS Sinjar, new security and political stakeholders have taken root, and local communities, affected by rounds of violence and frustrated by a lack of state protection,…
As Iraqi security forces battle to retake Fallujah, in the western province of Anbar, from the Islamic State (IS) group, humanitarian needs in this newest hotspot and elsewhere in the country are ever increasing. More and more, the ongoing large-scale military campaigns as well as political factors are overshadowing the pressing humanitarian needs of millions in Iraq.    In Fallujah, 50,000 people remain trapped in the city and are reportedly suffering from serious shortages of food, water and medical supplies. Some of them leave all their belongings behind and undertake hazardous journeys under snipers fire or make use of rudimentary means to help them get across the Euphrates River to flee the violence. The perilous journeys can last for days…
Iraq: An inside look into ICRC's emergency relief package distributed to internally displaced families in Iraq due to the armed conflict. See the video here.
11 May 2016 The Middle East has accounted for more than 50 per cent of the world’s population internally displaced by conflict in 2015, with nearly 4.8 million new people forced to flee their homes. Syria, Iraq and Yemen alone account for more than half of the global total of 8.6 million people forcibly displaced by conflict last year. Yemen registered 2.2 million newly displaced in 2015, followed by Syria at 1.3 million and Iraq at 1.1 million. “As the world’s attention focused on the flow of refugees out of the region, millions were displaced internally in the Middle East, more than in the rest of the world combined,” said NRC’s Regional Director in the Middle East, Carsten Hansen. “While…
Iraq: Thousands of lives in danger due to high levels of weapon contamination in Ramadi city. Please find the video here.
29 Mar 2016
In February 2016, Oxfam and IRC co-facilitated a Pre-Crisis Market Analysis (PCMA) to inform preparedness and emergency response interventions by understanding market systems that are critical to supporting the basic needs and livelihoods recovery of populations affected by displacement in the Ninewa plains. PCMA is an approach to conducting market assessments prior to emergencies in order to anticipate how markets will respond after a shock occurs. It allows humanitarian agencies to map the functionality of current market systems and assess their capacity to cover the needs of affected people in an emergency. This is key to feeding into preparedness and contingency plans by informing the design of appropriate emergency response interventions, as well as to recommending mitigation measures to be…
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