Of the nearly 450,000 displaced persons in Dohuk Governorate, 38% still live in unfinished or abandoned buildings; 30% in camps, 16% in rented houses, 10% with host families, and approximately 6% in hotels, informal settlements, or religious buildings. Of the IDP population in Dohuk, 37% are under 14 years of age.
The majority of IDPs in Dohuk are from Ninewa governorate andwere displaced in August 2014 due to violence in Sinjar. Their expressed priority needs are shelter, income, non-food items, food and health, according to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) and IOM’s Dohuk Governorate Profile, published this week.
Saadia, a 21-year old mother of two and her husband were displaced from Sinjar in August 2014. They had been living in a school, and recently moved into Shekhan camp. Saadia said that she was thrilled to have her own kitchen and access to a health centre.
“We bought a freezer knowing that we would soon have a place to put it, and that I would have a kitchen to cook in. We can keep other valuables we brought with us safe in the kitchen, as we have our own lock and key. I am also happy that this camp has a health centre where I can bring my children; they are just 16 months and 3 years old. I will be able to better take care of them here.”
IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss said:
“The construction of Shekhan camp was a collaborative effort with our partners and the Dohuk authorities to build a fully functional camp. Shekhan will provide life-saving shelter and assistance for 1,000 families. But over 115,000 internally displaced families across the country are still in need of better shelter. We look forward to working with our government and humanitarian partners to address shelter needs throughout Iraq.”
During a visit to Shekhan camp, the Executive Director of BRHA Mr. Edrees Salih praised IOM shelter team technical supervision:
"IOM has done a lot for displaced people in Dohuk governorate. We are happy with what IOM is doing in Shekhan camp. IOM provided internal roads, family kitchens, the health center, internal electricity network and administrative offices. IOM also provided technical expertise to help work through project challenges to establish Shekhan camp.”
IOM Iraq’s Displacement Tracking Matrix identified 2,674,080 internally displaced Iraqis (445,680 families) country-wide from January 2014 through 9 April 2015. Updated DTM figures will be released in the upcoming week.