Supporting local authorities with basic services for IDPs in Dohuk
The Country Director of UNDP Iraq, Adam Abdelmoula, today met with the Governor of Dohuk, Farhad Amin Atroshi, to discuss support to IDPs and host communities, and signed an agreement with the Department of Underground Water on the drilling of two wells to serve 1000 vulnerable IDP in Dawoodia, Dohuk. He also visited the Syrian refugee camp in Domiz, and internally displaced people in Sharia area, Dohuk. “Strengthening human capacity is at the heart of UNDP’s work; by supporting local authorities responsiveness to the current humanitarian crisis, we aim to improve humanitarian coordination at different levels and help with immediate solutions,“ Mr. Abdelmoula said. The Kurdistan Region is not only receiving large numbers of Syrian refugees, but is also seeing growing numbers of IDPs facing the ongoing security crisis in Northern Iraq.
Local authorities in Dohuk report that there are now over 400,000 IDPs in the Governorate, where host communities are overstretched to respond to increasing demands in basic services like water and sewerage, electricity and shelters. UNDP has provided six dislodging tankers, and will buy two more, to clean the sewerage systems in 100 schools hosting large numbers of IDPs in Dohuk and Sumel. The situation of the most vulnerable, especially women and youth, is also of grave concern. UNDP and its implementing partner, the NGO Harikar, is providing legal assistance on gender-based violence in the Syrian refugee camp in Domiz, and to IDPs which recently arrived in Sharia area. Some 100 women received legal or psychosocial aid in August.