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Reference : V-P-IQ-E-01527
Date : 18/01/2015
Country/Region : IRAQ
Caption : Al-Madinah al-Siyahiyyah. As in other locations, the fighting has resulted in the stoppage of the water pumping and filtration unit in the city. The ICRC rehabilitated the water unit, which is now providing clean drinking water to the displaced families taking shelter there. The ICRC also distributed food and other essential relief items to 13,200 people in January 2015.
Photographer : s.n.
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Al-Madinah al-Siyahiyyah used to be one of the best recreational facilities for Iraqi families. Located at Al-Habbaniyah Lake, 45 kilometers northwest of Fallujah, the huge facility had chalets, a nice hotel, restaurants and other facilities. For the second time in this decade, the facility has lost its recreational purpose and instead of tourists, it is now sheltering nearly more than 13,000 displaced people from Fallujah, Ramadi, Ghurmah and Jurf al-Sakhr.

ICRC website, Photo gallery, 12.02.2015:
Since the beginning of 2014, the armed conflict in Iraq led to the displacement of more than 2 million people. Some areas in the country witnessed major population movements as people fled the fighting and sought shelter in relatively safer areas. The first respondents to the growing needs of the displaced people have been Iraqi communities in those areas, who received, hosted, and provided food, water, shelter and other forms of assistance and support. The International Committee of the Red Cross's response to the needs of the displaced people was efficient and swift. Some displaced people received aid 48 hours after their displacement. However, in some cities and towns, population shifts and influxes changed the landscape as some towns hosted a population larger than their own.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 2143x2775
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour