On the 9th of July, Mosul city was officially declared retaken by the Iraqi Prime Minister. The military offensive is however about to start in Telafar, Hawiga and West Anbar. As a result, displacement continues in Ninewa governorate, Salah al Din, and Anbar. For instance, over the past 3 weeks, over 200 families moved to camps in North, South and East of Mosul. These included families who had previously been displaced from West to East Mosul and whose living conditions, and the limited services available, pushed them to relocate to formal IDP camps. In parallel to this, the rate of returns is increasing, as improved access to their area of origin is the main reason for families to go back home.
In July, ACTED continued to provide multi-sectorial emergency response to address the needs of IDPs, returnees and host communities. In particular, ACTED intervened in the following sectors:
In July, ACTED continued to conduct direct camp management activities in Salamiyah 1 and 2 camps (Hamdanyia district, Ninewa governorate). In Salamiyah 2, ACTED registered over 1,000 new individuals before the camp reached full capacity. In both camps, ACTED continued to conduct Formal Site Monitoring and to flag gaps in service provision to relevant partners and stakeholders. As Camp Manager, ACTED held weekly coordination meeting in both camps, and worked to promote participation of camp’ residents through several committees. While in Salamiya 1 the Women Committee, the Youth Committee and the Maintenance Committee had already been established, in Salamiyah 2 the same committees, with the additional Child Protection Committee, were formed during the month of July. Concerning service provision, in July ACTED completed the installation of communal kitchens in Salamiyah 1, and established fire safety procedures in Salamiyah 2.
ACTED remains the primary WASH responder in Salamiyah 1 camp, ensuring the delivery of water, sanitation, and hygiene services. In July, ACTED continued to provide water trucking, which however stopped at the end of the month. Now water is delivered only through the water distribution line, which connects the camp to the main pipeline running from Salamiyah water treatment plant. Thanks to this, every resident of Salamiyah 1 has access to 40 liters of water per day. Furthermore, ACTED also provided both community-level and household-level water storage to all camp residents. Concerning sanitation, ACTED completed the construction of the solid waste pit and continued to perform latrine cleaning and desludging. ACTED also ensured that camp residents were served by garbage removal, through the emptying of garbage collection points every two days. Finally, ACTED distributed 9,808 family monthly hygiene kits and 397 baby kits. ACTED also conducted hygiene promotion campaigns (on average three per weeks) to promote good hygiene practices through the use of hygiene promoters.
Shelter and Non-Food Items
ACTED is currently implementing, in partnership with Shelterbox, a project aimed at addressing the shelter and non-food items (NFIs) needs of individuals who fled from Mosul and are living in Ninewa governorate, both in and out of camps. Through this project, in July ACTED conducted seven distributions of shelter and NFI kits: five distributions took place in Hamdanyia district, one in Telafar and one in East Mosul. In total, ACTED distributed 688 emergency-shelter kits and 713 non-food item kits.
ACTED has recently began the implementation of a new project which aims at providing child protection services to over 3,500 children living in newly retaken areas in Ninewa. In July, ACTED registered 477 children across 8 newly retaken areas to participate in CFS/YSF activities.
Multi-sectorial intervention in West Mosul and the Mosul corridor
In July, in consortium with People in Need (PIN) and as part of the Alliance2015, ACTED began the implementation of a multi-sectorial project which will benefit over 12,000 vulnerable residents in Mosul and in Mosul corridor. This project has 3 components: first, the distribution of non-food items (NFIs), WASH and hygiene kits; secondly, the provision of child protection and non-formal education to children and youth; lastly, the support to 590 West Mosul residents with a one-off cash transfer (multipurpose cash assistance). In order to determine the functionality of the markets in West Mosul, in July ACTED conducted, together with REACH Initiative and the Cash Working Group partners, a joint rapid market assessment in the neighborhood of Al Risalah.