Humanitarian Crisis in Anbar Governorate

Since late December 2013, tens of thousands of families have fled their homes in Anbar governorate, where recent clashes between militant groups and Iraqi security Forces have destabilized the area. In April 2014 already 74,010 families have been displaced due to the ongoing fighting and poor living conditions.

“The people of Anbar have suffered from terrorism and violence for too long. All efforts must be made to ensure that fighting ends, people return to their homes, and reconstruction can begin. It is vital that those affected by the fighting are able to receive humanitarian support”, Mr. Mladenov, Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, said regarding the current situation.

The situation in Anbar is desperate and help is urgently needed. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is giving detailed information about the situation of the IDPs on a monthly basis. In the following you find a summary of the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) for the Anbar crisis (April 2014):


  • IOM has identified a total of 74,010 IDP families ( 444,060 individuals) in 814 locations nationwide
  • nearly all IDPs originate from Ramadi or Fallujah
  • the vast majority of IDPs have displaced within their district of Anbar
    • 64,4% of identified IDP are located in Anbar, 13,4 % in Baghdad
  • 53% of the IDPs are under the age of 25, 21,313 children at risk were identified in sites assessed
  • 55% of IDPs in sites identified in Anbar were living with host families
  • 13% of IDPs in sited identified in Anbar were living in abandoned buildings or public spaces
  • 118 schools in Anbar, Salah al-Din, and Kirkus were being used to house IDP families
  • 25% of sites assessed have no sufficient water quality for drinking
  • 26% of sites assessed did not have functioning health services for IDPs
  • 54% of sites assessed had IDPs without 2 full sets of clothing appropriate to climate


Further information can be accessed under :

A profile of the Anbar Governorate to be found here (IOM, 2003): Profile Anbar 

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