Aid & Development

IDPs May Not Have Enough Kerosene For Winter, Say UN, NGOs

Iraq

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) warned in its monthly humanitarian bulletin for October that internally displaced people (IDPs) are at risk of not having enough kerosene to get through the winter.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) warned in its monthly humanitarian bulletin for October that internally displaced persons (IDPs) are at risk of not having enough kerosene to get through the winter.

According to the bulletin, which was released on Tuesday (November 20), “in the past, the Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MOMD) has provided 100 [liters] of kerosene to both in-camp and out-of-camp IDPs, but as yet, MOMD does not have confirmed plans to do so for 2018.”

The kerosene is used to fuel portable heaters, which provide vital warmth during the cold winter months.

The development represents a serious gap in winterization efforts for the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable IDPs in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

Additionally, UNAMI said that humanitarian groups have told the MOMD that in Nineveh province “nearly 30,000 tents in IDP camps need to be replaced, and nearly 9,000 out of-camp families are in need of shelter.”

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that they wanted to support 109,350 families in Iraq with winterization assistance, using a one off cash grant of $200 per family.

It was unclear how or if MOMD had responded.

Image: UNHCR

Article: NRT