UNDP assesses the needs of internally displaced people near Mosul

18 Jun 2014

imageUNDP assesses needs of displaced people in Kurdistan (©UNDP)

Some 31,680 families in total are displaced due to insecurity in the cities of Mosul and Tal Afar. They are seeking shelter in safer areas in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The new crisis follows massive displacements of populations in the western Iraqi Governorate of Anbar, where fights forced 500 miilion people to flee since January 2014.

In the aftermath of the first exodus, UNDP conducted a needs assessment in the transit site of Khazr, where 1,630 families are living in tents.

"My husband is sick and I have four girls," Fatima says. "We are running out of soap." Ahmed’s family, who left with his wife and six children, would also need a wheelchair for his son living with a disability.

UN agencies, the humanitarian community and government officials are coordinating their efforts to help these internally displaced people.

"The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will work alongside humanitarian agencies to meet urgent needs of displaced people in the areas of protection and shelter," said Adam Abdelmoula, UNDP's Country Director.

"We will also assist the Kurdistan Regional Government to establish coordination structures, which will make make the region more resilient when facing such crises," he concluded.

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