Iraq Humanitarian Situation Report

May 2017

A boy playing on a swing in front of tents in a camp



  • Since 17 October 2016, UNICEF has supported delivery of multi-sector emergency response reaching 1,115,112 individuals (190,446 families, and around 613,300 children) in re-taken Ninewa communities. In May alone UNICEF delivered MSEP for 10,470 individuals (5,750 children).
  • In May, the Rapid Response Mechanism consortium reached 418,180 people on the move with life-saving supplies, including 230,000 children.
  • A new Cost of Education report released by Iraq’s Ministry of Education and UNICEF reveals only half of Iraq's displaced children have access to school, with a cost to Iraq's economy of US $ 1 billion in unrealised potential wages.
  • UNICEF continues large-scale WASH support in Ninewa IDP camps and retaken areas. In May, 2,700 families (16,200 individuals) in Hasansham and Khazer IDP camps have improved access to water with completion of two new water sources, and in Hammam al Alil 1 and 2, a new UNICEF-supported water treatment unit improved water supply for 8,600 IDPs. Requirement for water trucking was reduced by 26 per cent in the retaken area of Bashiqa, East Mosul, as UNICEF and partners completed rehabilitation of seven boreholes and water network connections.
  • Military operations concentrated on Mosul's old city and nearby neighbourhoods, with government officials strongly urging civilians to leave opposition-controlled areas. As of 29 May, 790,674 people (434,800 children) have been displaced since 17 October 2016.


Situation in Numbers


5.1 million children in need out of 11 million people affected (OCHA, HRP 2017)

3 million internally displaced people (IDP), 1.77 million people returned to newly accessible areas (IOM, Displacement Tracking Matrix, 15 May 2017)

Target population in 2017:

Rapid Response: 1.3 million IDPs

WASH: 1 million people

Education: 690,000 children

Health: 5.7 million children (polio)

Child Protection: 161,500 children


UNICEF Appeal 2017

US$ 161.4 million


Funding Status

US $ 97.08 million

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