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Multisector Initial Rapid Assessment Report (MIRA) - District Maqbanah, Taizz Governorate 25-28 Oct 2015


Islamic Help UK has been working in Taiz governorate during the recent escalation of conflict since August 2015, mainly providing food aid– reaching 6,100 families (HHs) with monthly food rations supported by WFP. Previously in 2013 IHUK has provided WASH assistance with distribution of Hygiene Kits, well rehabilitation and community trainings in the rural areas of Taiz governrate.
Following the increased airstrikes in mid September by coalition aircrafts and war ships along with ground military operations in Dhubab and Al.Makha districts, the IDPs movement started moving towards safer locations in Maqbanh district in the governorate of Ta’iz, at the eastern side of Taiz govornrate.


IHUK team along with the local volunteers conducted a multisector initial rapid assement using MIRA assessment tool on 22nd and 23rd October to assess the emergency situation and verify the needs, aiming to collect data on household characteristics, health nutrition livelihoods and social protection and safety, finding way for relief to the needy and the poor.

District: Maqbanah
Locations Visited: Maqban, Hagdah, Mirab and Shameer, Al-Bareh, Al-Kamb-AlGamhara and AlMugahdah
Key informant gender: Male and Female
Key informant category: Displaced populations, effected and host community members

Key findings: 

-nearly 5573 displaced families have fled to Maqbanha; many settled in hard to reach rural areas: Maqbanah Centre - 542+ displaced families; Hagdah Area - 2180+ displaced families; Mirab & Shameer - 1304+ families; Al-Bareh, Al-Kamb-Al Gamhara and Al-Mugahda - 1547+ families.
-High priority needs: food, shelter (winterisation); WASH; basic health services; protection.
-Water projects are note functioning due to lack of fuel - people buy water from traditional water sellers or walk long distances (up to 30 km) to collect water (often completed by children).
-Displaced families depend on fishing and farming; observed children show signs of malnutrition
-Public spaces and abandoned places are used as shelter - ad hoc shelters are set up in rain drainage areas, a major concern considering the coming rainy season
-Children have been out of school since the conflict escalated
-IDPs fear targeting of public spaces and protection concerns, due to the absence of segregated toilet/bathing facilities and lack of clothing for women to cover themselves according to local customs and traditions.

Key Observations
 Large number of checkpoints in civilian areas.
 Children (under 18) carring weapons at the checkpoints and surrounding areas.
 All school are closed
 Local utilities and services (electricity, water, waste removal) are not functioning
 Shortage of basic food in markets
 Many people begging in the streets

Assessment Report: 
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Not Available
Assessment Data: 
Not Available
Assessment Date(s): 
с 25 Окт 2015 по 28 Окт 2015

Level of Representation

District / Province / Locality / County
Report completed
Unit(s) of Measurement: 
Collection Method(s): 
Key Informant Interview
Population Type(s): 
Host communities
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Islamic Help
Other location: 
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