The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has issued an update on the Iraq situation as at 6th December:
- 82,068 People displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since the military offensive began on 17 October1
- 11,705 UNHCR kits of core relief items distributed to families (assisting some 70,000 people) displaced from Mosul and Mosul corridor
- 9,097 Family plots (for some 54,000 people) in UNHCR built camps are ready to receive IDPs displaced from Mosul corridor, of which 4,868 (53%) are currently occupied
- 3.1 million Internally Displaced Iraqis since January 20142
- 239,077 Iraqi refugees hosted by neighbouring countries in the region, with
- 3,516 Iraqis to Syria since 17 October
- USD 584 million requested for IDPs and Iraqi refugees in the region
- Mosul: Some 82,068 (13,678 families)1 are currently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since the start of the military offensive on 17 October, an increase of more than 4,200 individuals in the past four days (since 2 December). The vast majority of the displaced (88%) comes from Mosul district and over 81 per cent of them are sheltered in camps.
UNHCR RESPONSE UPDATE
- Close to 52,000 persons are currently sheltered in UNHCR-supported camps built as part of Mosul response: Qaymawa and Hasansham U3 camps (built by UNHCR), and Khazer M1 and Khazer M2 camps (built by the Ministry of Migration and Displacement – MOMD) have received the bulk of the new arrivals, and currently provide shelter for 64 per cent of the families displaced from in and around Mosul since 17 October. Some 2,000 plots are still available in Khazer M2 while the three other camps are at full capacity.
- Construction at UNHCR Hasansham U2 has started on 6 December. Construction of UNHCR Chamakor camp is well underway. In total, the two new camps will have the capacity to provide shelter for up to 3,960 newly displaced families (some 18,000 persons).
- A total of 17,697 plots have been prepared for up to 107,000 people in camps built by humanitarian partners and the Government. The camps are now supported through the UNHCR-led Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster response for Mosul and are currently ready to receive an additional 42,400 new arrivals (7,081 plots available). Advocacy with the Government continues to find additional land and facilities to accommodate new arrivals from Mosul.
- UNHCR has trained nine additional protection monitoring teams, a total of 27 staff, to be deployed to existing and new sites.
- UNHCR carried out a mission to the villages around Shura on 5 December, in order to meet with beneficiaries of recent distributions as well as local Sheikhs in 65 newly accessible villages located some 40 km south of Mosul. The main needs identified for the area are kerosene (used for heating), fuel to operate the water pumping station, and food (in particular flour for bread).