With security in Iraq continuing to deteriorate, field teams from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have delivered emergency assistance and are gathering information on the needs and locations of large numbers of displaced people.
Because of the ongoing fighting, the teams are unable to reach some areas of the governorates of Ninewa, Salah al-Din, Baghdad and Diyala, epicenters of the violence in the country.
IOM has mapped and identified the needs of 375,354 newly displaced people in 390 locations in Iraq during June alone and distributed non-food items to 17,340 people located in the governorates of Ninewa, Erbil and Sulaymaniah.
The most pressing needs of the displaced are for essential items such as clothes, coolers and household items, including basic furniture, and 73 per cent of the population requires food support. Needs for shelter and health care for children are also top priorities.
Despite major disruption caused by ongoing security threats, IOM is also coordinating with several embassies to assist in the evacuation of third-country nationals stranded inside Iraq. IOM is currently facilitating the evacuation of seven Nepalese nationals in Kirkuk.
IOM’s main focus is gathering and verifying information on the location and needs of the displaced in order to inform the ongoing humanitarian response.
“Fighting and hundreds of road blocks are preventing us from reaching the majority of the displaced and from them reaching us to receive aid,” said Lado Gvilava, IOM Programme and Logistic Coordinator in Iraq.