Iraq: An estimated 5 thousand people return to IDP camps

IDP camp housing families which fled IS attacks Photo: Barzani Charity Foundation


More than 5,000 individuals have faced another displacement during the past five months, and sought refuge back at IDP camps set up in the Kurdistan Region.

Statistics revealed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Joint Crisis Coordination Center (JCCC), as many as 5,197 individuals have arrived back to camps in Erbil, Duhok and Slemani between July and December, with the largest number recorded in September.

Meanwhile, during the same period over 8,870 IDPs left Kurdistan Region camps towards their areas of origin, according to the JCCC report.

The report, published on December 15, indicated that the number of IDPs has reached 878,869 individuals, in addition to 268,022 refugees from Syria, Iran, Turkey and Palestine.

Out of the more than one million individuals registered as internally displaced persons and refugees as many as 208,875 people are scattered in 29 camps located in Kurdistan Region provinces.

The JCCC report estimates that in December US$ 2.7 million in funds per day was required to provide basic civic services for IDPs and refugees.

Nearly 40% of IDPs are Sunni Arabs, while 30% of them are Ezidis, 13% Christians and the remaining 10% are Turkmens, Shiites, Shabaks, Armenians and other minorities.

The report has also indicated that 212 local and international NGOs, most of them based in Erbil, are operating as humanitarian partners in the Kurdistan Region.

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