With more than 100,000 people displaced in the north of the country, as many as one million still unreachable inside of Mosul, and the winter weather hitting hard, the humanitarian needs in Iraq continue to grow.
As the Mosul humanitarian crisis escalates, the Logistics Cluster has been working hard to facilitate emergency aid into the country, supporting humanitarians in their strenuous efforts to save lives and assist those in need.
To further strengthen the response and expedite help, WFP, as the lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, signed an agreement with the Ministry of Interior of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), on setting up a One Stop Shop (OSS). To be led by the Joint Crisis Coordination Center (JCC), the OSS will speed up the customs clearance of incoming humanitarian items.
The Logistics Cluster coordinates on a daily basis with JCC and OSS representatives to ensure requests are well received and processed as fast as possible and liaises with requesting organisations in case of any missing document or on issues regarding specialised items.
This is an important turning point, and in the words of Sally Haydock, WFP Representative and Country Director, “the OSS will have a significant impact for the humanitarian community that is assisting those affected by the Mosul crisis; it will in fact be a key factor in cutting the approval time by half for all commodities”.
To test the newly established mechanism of the OSS, it was a critically needed in-kind donation by the EU CPM (Civil Protection Mechanism), which started arriving from different European countries on 13 December: 158 mt of relief commodities so far, including family tents, blankets, tarpaulins, health equipment, maternity and children kits, and hygiene supplies.
This cargo has benefitted from the simplified OSS procedure and is now being delivered onto advanced storage facilities for distribution around and inside of Mosul, and to people fleeing from increasing violence in neighboring Hawija and Telafar districts.