With many trying to enter through security checkpoints. An estimated 4,000 families (24,000 individuals) arrived from Khaldiyah in Amiriyat al-Fallujah on 23 May and another 3,000-5,000 families are expected to arrive in the coming hours and days.
UNFPA's local partners (Al Tajdeed) and Al Ataa Women Community Center conducted a quick assessment to establish needs of women and girls fleeing Ramadi and among other issues, preserving women dignity and safety was identified critical . For the Ramadi women, their immediate needs are clothing and sanitary items.
In response to urgent requests from Iraqi authorities, the United Nations population fund (UNFPA) has distributed 2,173 dignity kits to IDPs in Baghdad Governorate through Its local partners. Additional dignity kits have been dispatched to other areas and were distributed on 21 and 22 May. 150 dignity kits were also distributed to newly displaced women and girls in Qurato Camp, Sulimaniyah Governorate. On May 23rd, An additional 2,800 dignity kits were deployed by Relief International, with support from UNFPA, to Habbaniyeh tourist city in Anbar and will be distributed during the upcoming hours.
UNFPA has distribute 66,000 dignity kits to women and girls displaced by war in Iraq since June 2014.
Currently Iraq has over 2.9 million IDPs, out of which 725,000 are women in reproductive age and an estimated 116,000 are pregnant, and around 1.5 million people in conflict affected areas and 250,000 Syrian refugees.
UNFPA is among the UN agencies whose mandate is to serve and protect the dignity and safety of women and girls in the Iraq Humanitarian Response
For further information, please contact:
Shayda Hessami,Communication Consultant