Sunday, 10 August 2014 03:00

UN Envoy: We are responding to the sudden influx of displaced into the KRG and bordering areas

Baghdad, 10 August 2014 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, today said that “As a result of fighting between ISIS and Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes and are in urgent need of life-saving assistance”.  

 

While the situation remains fluid and numbers cannot be independently verified, thousands of families, many of them women, children and elderly, are now trapped on Mount Sinjar.  At the same time, over the past few days more than 150,000 people have made their way to Dahuk Governorate in the Kurdistan region or to disputed border areas inside Ninewa Governorate.  Thousands more have fled across the border into Syria and are now reported to be in camps there.   

SRSG Mladenov said that “the UN has mobilized its resources to assist the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which is overwhelmed by the large influx of the displaced”.  He commended the KRG for their efforts to meet the basic needs of the displaced.   

In the past few days, various UN Agencies have responded as follows: 

•  World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed over 1,600,000 meals in Dahuk Governorate. 

•  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reached over 170,000 displaced people through distributions of core relief items (tents, blankets, mattresses, buckets, etc.) in northern and central Iraq.  UNHCR is also continuing to provide shelter and protection to tens of thousands of displaced persons as well as to the existing 230,000 Syrian refugees. 

• United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has distributed drinking water, rapid response packages, blankets and rehydration salts to manage cases of diarrheal diseases.  In addition, high energy biscuits to approximately 34,000 children under five years old were also distributed.  It is also providing support to unaccompanied children. 

• United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has distributed essential hygiene supplies and clothing to over 1,300 pregnant women as well as medical supplies to cover the needs of up to 150,000 people.  UNFPA is also setting up mobile clinics to provide reproductive health services, including maternal health care and support for safe delivery.   

• World Health Organization (WHO) has supported the health authorities to provide displaced populations with primary health care, immunization, referral services, mobile health services at check points and camps. 

“The UN will continue to do what it can to provide relief to those who have fled with little but the clothes they are wearing.  The situation is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future and the UN will work with both the Central and Regional government to meet the needs of the hundreds of thousands already displaced and make preparations to receive many more who will arrive over the next few days”, SRSG Mladenov added.

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