People are returning home after several years of conflict and displacement, but the Iraqi government still faces significant challenges to ensure safety and stability, functioning infrastructure, and access to basic services and job opportunities. ?Relations with the autonomous Kurdish Region of Iraq (KR-I), which voted for independence in September 2017, remain fragile.?

Some 10,000-15,000 Islamic State (IS) militants are believed to remain in Hamrin Mountains, Kirkuk governorate, Mosul, the southern part of Ninewa governorate, and the desert areas of Anbar governorate. ?

Almost 65% of all people in need are concentrated in Anbar, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din governorates. ?Large scale displacement persists despite the expulsion of IS from Iraqi territory. In December 2017. Return movements slowed in 2018 as returnees often face damaged housing, insecurity, and lack basic services and livelihood opportunities. ?Efforts to reduce areas extensively contaminated with explosive remnants of war are ongoing, however, progress is very slow. ?Additionally, Iraq hosts almost 300,000 refugees and asylum seekers, including 250,000 Syrian refugees, of whom 99% live in KR-I. 69% of all Syrian refugees in Iraq are women and children. ?

The humanitarian crisis is compounded by reoccurring, countrywide natural disasters, such as floods and droughts. INFORM measures Iraq’s risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be very high, at 7.2/10. Hazard and exposure, as well as lack of coping capacity, are of particular concern, at 8.6/10 and 7/10 rates. ?

Latest Developments

Protests started on Tuesday, 1 October in Baghdad and several southern cities, among them Basra, Amara, Al Nasiriya, Al Diwaniya, Samawa, Babel and Najaf. Most protesters are young Iraqi men demonstrating against corruption, unemployment, and lacking public services. Numbers from the Iraqi Interior Ministry released on Sunday set the death toll at 104 and report more than 6,100 wounded. As of 10 October, the protests seem to have died down. Humanitarian access has been disrupted, with ambulances reportedly unable to access the location of protests due to live fire and protesters carrying away the dead and injured or bringing the wounded to the hospitals themselves. Allegedly, a medic was arrested while treating demonstrators and teargas was fired at one convoy of ambulances. Internet was cut off repeatedly in the past week and a nightly 14-hour internet curfew is still ongoing.?

Key Figures

People in Need
IDP Returnees
Syrian Refugees
Key figures are for the entire response and are not CCCM-specific.

INFORM Global Crisis Severity Index

Crisis Severity: 4

Impact: 3.9

Humanitarian Conditions: 4

Complexity: 4

Access Constraints: 4

The above scale is from 0 (Very low) to 5 (Very high)
Information courtesy of ACAPS.
Response Overview

Key Figures - 2019 HPC

in need
People targeted
Funding required

Title Uploaded Attachment
CCCM Cluster Iraq - Terms of Reference 01 Jun 2015
HDX datasets

11 Common Operating Datasets or CCCM-tagged datsets are on the Humanitarian Data Exchange: