UNDP responds to internal displaced people from Mosul

Jun 18, 2014

UNDP team conducting need assessment visits to areas in KRG IRAQ. photo by UNDP Iraq 2014.

A total of 31,680 families displaced by last week's violence in the cities of Mosul and Tal Afar are seeking shelter in safer areas in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. This new crisis follows massive displacement this year in the western Iraqi governorate of Anbar, where fighting since January has forced some half-a-million people to flee the province.

In the aftermath of the first exodus, UNDP conducted a need assessment in the newly established Khazr Transit Site, where 1630 families are currently living under makeshift tents.

« My husband is sick and I have four girls », reported Fatima while grabbing by the arm an UNDP team member. « We do not have either sanitary cloth nor panties and we are running out of soap » she said. The same applies to Ahmed’s family « we left in a hurry with my wife and my six children and we didn’t have time to take anything with us. I urgently need a wheelchair for my son » he said.

UN agencies, humanitarian groups, and government officials are coordinating efforts to do what they can to aid those in need. «The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will work alongside the humanitarian agencies to meet the urgent needs of the displaced persons, especially in the areas of protection and shelter » said Dr.Abdelmoula, UNDP Iraq Country Director. « UNDP will also assist the Kurdistan Regional Government to establish those structures that would make the region more resilient in the face of such crises » he added.

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