Esmat Ahmed at a youth center in Qasrok where he will receive WFP food assistance for him and his family. Copyright: WFP/Mohammed Al-Bahbahani

WFP Delivers Food To Iraqi Families Displaced From Mosul

As violence escalates in Mosul and neighbouring cities in northern Iraq, thousands of people are fleeing their homes in search of safety.  Esmat Ahmed, an Iraqi man in his late twenties, left his house and belongings in Hay El Baker village in Mosul last month. He braved the scorching heat and closed-off roads to walk to the neighbouring town of Qasrok, located in the Kurdistan region of Iraq where he now shares a small rented apartment with 14 other family members.

Overview

The situation in Iraq remains volatile due to long years of ongoing instability. Since 1990, both accessibility and the quality of essential services have deteriorated significantly in a country where one quarter of the population lives below the poverty line of US$2 per day. Although Iraqis’ dependency on the Public Distribution System (PDS) has decreased from 67 percent in 2007 to 57 percent in 2011, it remains the main source of food for the poorest Iraqis. 

In 2012, the influx of Syrian refugees into northern Iraq due to the ongoing conflict was an added burden. The Kurdistan Regional Government, UN agencies and NGOs are providing assistance to Syrian refugees.

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