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ACT Aliance Preliminary Appeal IRQ141- Survival Assistance for Displaced Populations and their Host Communities in Northern Iraq

Source: ACT Alliance - Switzerland - Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:30 GMT
Author: Elisabeth Gouel
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Preliminary Appeal

Iraq

Survival Assistance for Displaced Populations and their Host Communities in Northern Iraq – IRQ141

Preliminary Appeal Target:    US$    909,617
Balance Requested:        US$    909,617

Geneva, 29 July 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The dramatic events of recent weeks have seen the Al Qaida-related armed faction, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) take over large swaths of northern and western Iraq from central government control. The violence has spread rapidly with as many as half a million to date displaced following the recent and on-going conflict in Ninewa province and another half million displaced from Anbar province since January 2014. Large numbers have sought refuge in parts of Diyala Governorate (1,880 families) and Salahedin Governorate (3,890 families) as well as the relative safety of the Kurdish region of Iraq (27,149 families in the governorates of Sulaymaniyah, Dohuk and Erbil) . The Kurdish Regional Government has received these IDPs, but is struggling to find the resources to sustain their lives, especially those families with low personal savings or portable livelihoods. IOM’s rapid assessment of needs of 13 June confirms that food and non-food items are the priority unmet needs of most IDPs.

At the same time, the protracted Syrian crisis has meant that almost 220,000 Syrian refugees  have sought refuge in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.  Some have been in Iraq for as long as 2 years, and this case load has strained the humanitarian capacity of the Kurdish Regional Government and its international partners.

The Lutheran World Federation/Department of World Service (LWF) together with local partners CAPNI (Christian Aid Program – Nohadra Iraq) and GIAN Foundation (Kirkuk Centre for Torture Victims), have carried out a one week rapid assessment, and have identified urgent needs in the current IDP situation in Duhok governorate and the Kurdish controlled areas of Nineveh plain in the east and north of Mosul Governorate.  A 6-month intervention is planned to secure clean and sufficient emergency water supply for IDP families and their host communities, ensure a further 2-months’ food security for IDP families, and provide psycho-social services for IDPs trauma survivors.

Christian Aid (CA) has been implementing a response to the Syrian refugee crisis since 2012, and recently expanded operations to provide life-saving relief to Iraqis displaced by violence. Limited funds have been mobilised to support local partner organisations including REACH (Rehabilitation, Education and Community Health), a Christian Aid partner since 1996, which is based in Sulaymaniyah with regional offices in Dohok, Erbil, Kirkuk and Baghdad and significant experience of supporting refugees and internally displaced people within Iraq. Christian Aid has also provided funding to its southern Iraqi partner, enabling the local organisation to scale-up its response to internal displacement that has been on-going since the start of 2014. However, there is still a need for additional funding to support a 6-month intervention focused on provision of food, non-food items, health and hygiene kits and cash assistance.


I.    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
TITLE: Survival Assistance for Displaced Populations and their Host Communities in Northern Iraq
ACT PRELIMINARY APPEAL NUMBER: IRQ141
PRELIMINARY APPEAL AMOUNT REQUESTED (US$): 909,617
DATE OF ISSUANCE: 29 July 2014
NAMES OF ACT REQUESTING MEMBERS:
ACT REQUESTING MEMBERS    THE LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION/DEPARTMENT OF WORLD SERVICE
CHRISTIAN AID

THE CRISIS
The dramatic events of recent weeks have seen the Al Qaida-related armed faction, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) take over large swaths of northern and western Iraq from central government control. The violence has spread rapidly with as many as half a million to date displaced following the recent and on-going conflict in Ninewa province and another half million displaced from Anbar province since January 2014.

PRIORITY NEEDS
Food and non-food items are the priority unmet needs of most IDPs.

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