The humanitarian situation in Iraq has continued to worsen and the ongoing conflict is having profound humanitarian consequences. Nearly a third of Iraq’s population – 10 million people – will require some form of humanitarian assistance in 2016.
This includes 3.2 million people who have fled their homes since January 2014, about 470,000 returnees, and nearly 250,000 refugees. Humanitarian partners are requesting US$861 million in the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan to help ensure that the most vulnerable people receive the assistance they need.
In December, the battle to retake Ramadi in Anbar Governorate intensified and the humanitarian situation remains critical. People from Ramadi are being relocated to Habbaniyah Tourist City by authorities, where humanitarian partners are providing emergency response to people in need. In another concerning development, about 7,000 people have been stranded between military front lines in Ninewa and denied access to safer territories.