The NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) holds monthly general coordination meetings in both Erbil and Baghdad. These meetings are organized as part of NCCI’s mission to coordinate collective NGO action in Iraq.
On 26 April a general coordination meeting was held at NCCI’s office in Baghdad, which was attended by representatives of 21 Iraqi and international NGOs, UNICEF, IOM and ECHO. The subject of the meeting was the new wave of displacement in the governorate of Anbar. Following the recent fighting in Anbar’s Ramadi district, a large number of internally displaced persons has tried to find refuge in safer areas in Anbar or fled to other governorates, including Baghdad, Babylon, Erbil, Diyala, Kerbala, Najaf, Sulaymaniyah and Wassit. It has been reported that between 12,000 and 19,000 families have been displaced since the beginning of the crisis. Many of these IDPs are still on the road or stuck at checkpoints and are in need of food, water, shelter and medical assistance. The camps designated to host the new wave of displacement are often lacking food and nonfood supplies, as well as basic sanitary and medical facilities. The attendants shared information about the needs of IDPs in the different governorates and discussed the response to the crisis, including gaps and shortcomings in the current approach. Also discussed were expected future needs, future developments and the planned response of NGOs, UN agencies and the Iraqi government. Finally the idea of a Skype group for sharing information on the humanitarian response in central Iraq was brought forward.
Please visit the calendar on the members' section of the NCCI website to access NCCI’s minutes of this meeting.