Iraq

proximately 15 metric tons of USAID A-29 meal replacement bars already in country, which can meet the daily caloric requirements
On August 4, USAID authorized the UN World Food Program (WFP) to utilize for the Iraq Emergency Operation approximately 15 metric tons of USAID A-29 meal replacement bars already in country, which can meet the daily caloric requirements of 31,000 people.

Latest Iraq Fact Sheet


Key Developments

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance airlifted more than 60 metric tons of humanitarian aid into the city of Erbil in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) on September 2. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) plans to distribute the commodities to vulnerable families countrywide. On August 30, an international coalition—including the U.S. military—airdropped humanitarian commodities into Amirli town, Salah ad-Din Governorate, after more than 80 days of besiegement by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In subsequent days, U.N. agencies entered Amirli to distribute relief supplies and conduct assessments.

As of September 1, IOM had identified approximately 1.7 million people displaced across Iraq since January 2014, including more than 732,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the IKR’s As Sulaymaniyah,

Dohuk, and Erbil governorates. The U.N. is using a slightly higher IDP planning figure of 1.8 million to account for areas where IOM and other organizations have limited access.

According to the U.N., as of September 4, international donors had contributed approximately $904.3 million to the humanitarian response in Iraq, $569.7 million of which supports the revised 2014 Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Iraq, valued at $312 million.

The U.N. plans to release another revision of the SRP in the coming weeks as the magnitude of needs continues to grow exponentially, exceeding the ability for existing resources to adequately respond.

HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO IRAQ TO DATE IN FY 2014*

USAID/OFDA

$12,941,305

USAID/FFP

$143,516

State/PRM

$171,795,533

DoD

$1,190,000

Total U.S. Government (USG) Assistance to the Iraq Humanitarian Response

$186,070,354

*These figures are current as of September 11, 2014

Background

Since June 10, the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has seized control of several cities in central and northern Iraq, including Mosul—Iraq’s second largest city and home to 2 million people—and Tikrit. The ongoing fighting has prompted thousands of civilians to flee their homes; as of mid-June, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and U.N. reported that approximately 500,000 people fled the violence in Mosul, including approximately 300,000 people who fled to the disputed Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. While the majority of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are staying with host families or have found private accommodations, an increasing number of IDPs are sheltering in camps, open spaces, or empty buildings. Emergency needs among displaced families include shelter, food, fuel, medical services, and access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, according to assessments by IOM and local Iraqi Red Crescent Society. Where security permits access, relief agencies are providing emergency assistance and conducting rapid needs assessments; however, the volume of needs, exacerbated by prolonged acute conflict and continued population displacement, merit additional humanitarian resources. The Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government have requested assistance to respond to the increasing humanitarian needs.

On June 19, U.S. Ambassador Robert Stephen Beecroft declared a disaster due to the humanitarian consequences of insecurity in Iraq. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) plans to provide $1 million to the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support IDPs in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region by distributing emergency relief items, establishing child protection activities, and providing water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance. USAID/OFDA staff members in the city of Erbil, Iraq; Budapest, Hungary; and Washington, D.C., continue to monitor humanitarian conditions in coordination with relief agencies in Iraq.

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Last updated: September 11, 2014

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