Although the humanitarian context in Iraq has transitioned into a new phase, vulnerable people continue to face immense challenges.
IBC in-kind early recovery shelter relief aid
2018 was a year of transition for Iraq. As the country gradually transformed from a nation gripped by the armed conflict against the armed groups to one where normal life was slowly but surely resuming, the humanitarian community in Iraq had to evolve as well.
Whereas the response in recent years had been focused on the immediate lifesaving needs of those fleeing armed groups, in 2018, vulnerable Iraqis began to show differentiated needs: those in protracted displacement with no immediate prospects of returning home; those who had returned home but found there was a lack of security or services; and those who wanted to return home but found they could not for a variety of reasons. *Iraq: UN OCHA 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (January - December 2019)
In Iraq, years of intensive combat operations have left an enormous human toll; cumulatively, 6 million people have been displaced since the beginning of the crisis in 2014 and beside of food security, water, sanitation health and education needs 2.3 million people are in need of shelter and non-food items.
The estimated total number of people in need has decreased from 8.7 million in 2018 to 6.7 million in 2019. Out of the 6.7 million people in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, 3.3 million are female (women and children). People perceived to be affiliated with extremist groups are among the most vulnerable, along with women, children, people with disabilities and the elderly. People in protracted displacement and returnees in sub-standard shelters, are of particular concern, as they may feel compelled to make negative or high-risk choices to cope. *Iraq Education Cluster analysis based on MCNA VI data for school going children, age 6-17 and Save the Children report, ‘Youth Labour Market Assessment: Salah al-Din,’ Central Iraq, 2018.
Since 2104 June as an INGO IBC closely aware that vulnerable people in Iraq are faced with multiple humanitarian needs that are expected to intensify until families can rebuild their lives and achieve sustainable solutions. In this context, IBC developed early recovery shelter aid project for conflict affected communities and has been implementing it for refugees, IDPs, returnees and host community members in Ninewa Plains.
For period, the last quarter of 2018 and in the first half of 2019 details of goods/items/services IBC has been providing:
IBC relief activities in Iraq and their post-distribution monitoring are subject to be provided with the information for each distribution at the family level, use or access to a complaint mechanism, and the quantity and quality of the distributed items and rehabilitation works.
Support for this Project was provided by a grant from UMCOR and this project was directly implemented by IBC.
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