IRAQ – HUMANITARIAN
We have an update from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Dr. Marzio Babille today continued his assessment of the humanitarian emergency and response in Dahuk Governorate. He met with displaced people in Zakho, the majority of whom are from Sinjar, as well as local government officials. Zakho now hosts at least 100,000 displaced people in various locations around the city.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported a significant decrease in the numbers of new arrivals at the Peshkhabour border crossing point in Dahuk Governorate. The total number of displaced people arriving from Sinjar since 6 August at Pehskhabour is estimated to be close to 80,000 people.
The World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners are providing food assistance for some 100,000 displaced people a day in Dahuk. Since 4 August, WFP and its partners have provided almost two million meals to displaced people in Dahuk from six field kitchens, while in the town of Zakho 15,000 families have received ready to eat food rations – enough for a family of five for three days.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pre-positioned 30 truckloads of relief supplies closer to areas where displaced people are arriving. With its partners and the local authorities, UNICEF has delivered aid to 73,000 children, women and their families. It has also distributed 34,000 high energy biscuits for children under five and is also providing support to displaced children who have been separated from their families.