The first half of 2017 has marked an important period in the Iraq crisis that has been ongoing since 2014. On 17 October 2016, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) engaged in operations to recapture the city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). East Mosul has been under ISF control since January 2017, and as of July 2017 the removal of ISIL has been substantially completed. Since the beginning of the operations, the cumulative number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Mosul is close to 850 000. Due to an improved sense of security among affected populations, the number of returnees has grown to over 220 000 individuals by July 2017. Many of them have their houses damaged, limited access to water, food and health assistance, as well as no income opportunities.
ACT members are committed to provide assistance to vulnerable communities in many locations of Iraq and the Kurdistan region as part of their individual responses. The complex nature of Mosul’s problems requires a well-coordinated, multi-sector response, and ACT members are dedicated to combine their capacities for a more effective response.