The unstable political and economic situation of Iraq and the wider Middle East has affected the lives of so many civilians and forced them to leave their homes to find a safe haven in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and other areas. The pace of displacement has been so great that the Kurdistan Regional Government, the United Nations agencies, local and international humanitarian organization have not managed to meet the basic needs of all displaced people. While most IDPs who arrived in the KRI since March 2016 have settled in displacement camps, but these camps still lack basic public services. At the time of preparing this report, the number of IDPs is constantly increasing, as, according to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at the moment the number reaches a staggering 1, 673, 118 people IDPs. According to the same sources, KRI is also hosting 241, 395 Syrian refugees who are settled at nine camps in the three governorates of Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah.1 The situation in the KRI has been deterioted as the result of the Iraqi government’s blocking of the KRI’s share in the Iraqi budget. The result so far, has been a dire economic crisis in the KRI. The above reality is the main factor behind the increased number of BCF’s activities to reach people in need of assistance. Overall, more than 4000 activities are reported in 2016 from all humanitarian sectors covered by the BCF (i.e. food, NFI, health and WASH, education, Orphan Care Project, Disabled Care Project and CCCM). The BCF’s assistance reached 1, 006,086 families, which amounts to 5, 758, 176 persons. It is worth mentioning here that the numbers above represent the number of times people benefited not the actual number of beneficiaries. In other words, beneficiaries have benefited more than once and in various sectors.
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