The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that there are approximately 2 million Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Iraq. Over 820,000 of these have been displaced since February 2006 following the attack in Samarra.
In 2007, DFID has provided £10 million to support humanitarian relief efforts to help vulnerable Iraqi groups, including those displaced in Iraq and across the region. This includes a £7 million contribution to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); a £1 million contribution to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support internally displaced people; a £1.5 million contribution to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to support displaced Iraqis in the region; and a £500,000 contribution towards the setting up of a UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) coordination office in Amman and Baghdad, to help support the Iraqi Government's efforts and facilitate a coherent international response to the situation. Since 2003, we have contributed over £125 million for humanitarian assistance to Iran.