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

Insecurity in northern and central Iraq resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,120 Iraqis and injuries to an estimated 1,950 others during the month of September, the U.N. reports. The conflict has resulted in a total of more than 9,300 civilian deaths countrywide since January.

On September 26, USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in Iraq and the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/PRM) staff assessed internally displaced persons (IDP) and refugee populations in and near the city of Shaqlawa, Erbil Governorate. The team observed that IDPs require shelter assistance; cold-weather items, including blankets and heaters; and improved access to water and sanitation facilities. Non-governmental organizations and other relief actors are working to address IDP and refugee needs in Shaqlawa and surrounding areas.

On September 27, the U.N.—in partnership with the Kurdistan Regional Government—published an Immediate Response Plan outlining short-term response strategies between mid-September and mid-November to address priority needs among the U.N.-estimated 860,000 IDPs residing in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

In recent weeks, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance committed an additional $5.3 million for humanitarian assistance in Iraq, and State/PRM provided an additional $10.5 million, bringing the total U.S. government commitment for FY 2014 to more than $202 million.

HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO IRAQ TO DATE IN FY 2014*

USAID/OFDA

$18,256,926

USAID/FFP

$143,516

State/PRM

$182,295,489

DoD

$1,502,000

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

$202,197,931

*These figures are current as of September 30, 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: October 06, 2014

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