Following the recent outbreak of violence in the Ninewa governorate and the spread of violence to other parts of Iraq, 500,000 people were displaced from within and around the city of Mosul, in the course of just one week. Since the end of last year, about 1 million people got displaced inside Iraq due to violence in Anbar, Ninewa and the surrounding governorates. Given the increased likelihood that this conflict will keep spreading to other Iraqi governorates, the number of IDPs will increase even more in the near future.
In response to this protracted crisis, the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) is increasing its information sharing activities. The enabling of a free flow of information is important within NCCI's mandate for coordination and is particularly important with regards to the current humanitarian situation in Iraq, which is changing rapidly. NCCI was already issuing weekly reports on the security situation in Anbar and the main needs of Anbar IDPs, and has now also started to include information on Ninewa IDPs in these weekly updates. Additionally, NCCI and its member NGOs have developed a mapping of activities that are being carried out on the humanitarian response by the range of different NGOs, which will be further expanded and will be regularly updated. Furthermore NCCI is managing general coordination of International and National NGOs that are involved in the humanitarian response, through active information sharing between our members, UN agencies, donors and any other actors involved in the response. We are facilitating contacts and bilateral relations between these actors to guarantee a quick and efficient response.