On 12 August the UN declared the humanitarian crisis in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency” – the highest-level emergency designation.
Over a million people have been displaced across Iraq in 2014. Violent conflict, mainly between the Sunni militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and government forces, has created one of the world’s largest internally displaced populations.
Approximately 110,000 people have been displaced by the latest crisis in Dohuk and Erbil within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). At least 65,000 have been displaced in the last two weeks. There is severe, ongoing displacement across the country, particularly in Anbar, Diyala and Ninewa governorates.
Water access has deteriorated significantly country-wide in the past two weeks, and people, particularly the displaced, face critical shortages of food, shelter, water medicine and medical care.
Hundreds of thousands of people are in urgent need of shelter, food, water and medical care. Those still living in conflict-affected areas require urgent protection from violence.
There is a significant risk that continued violence will lead to further displacement and escalating humanitarian needs.