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Iraq

  • Displaced women and children are especially vulnerable to violence and insecurity and are at the forefront of our work.

    Displaced women and children are especially vulnerable to violence and insecurity and are at the forefront of our work.
  • Following nearly three decades of conflict, as many as 5 million Iraqis remain displaced inside their own country.

    Following nearly three decades of conflict, as many as 5 million Iraqis remain displaced inside their own country.
  • We promote healthy families and women’s well-being by providing health and social services.

    We promote healthy families and women’s well-being by providing health and social services.
  • We help displaced young people become self-sufficient through livelihoods training.

    We help displaced young people become self-sufficient through livelihoods training.
  • We provide legal assistance to thousands of returnees and displaced persons.

    We provide legal assistance to thousands of returnees and displaced persons.
  • The IRC rebuilds schools damaged by war, and trains teachers, reaching close to fifty thousand students at 130 Iraqi schools.

    The IRC rebuilds schools damaged by war, and trains teachers, reaching close to fifty thousand students at 130 Iraqi schools.

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Overview

More than 2 million people inside Iraq have been uprooted by violent conflict. The IRC is providing clean water, medicine, protection services, relief supplies and emergency financial assistance to the displaced as well as vulnerable locals. In addition, the IRC provides emergency support to thousands of Syrian refugees in northern Iraq, and — since 2003 — those who have fled previous waves of violence in central Iraq.

How we help
  • In northern Iraq, the IRC is distributing emergency winter kits to more than 25,000 refugees living in unfinished buildings and makeshift camps. The kits include thermal blankets, bed covers, a kerosene heater and a large carpet.
  • The IRC is working to meet the immediate needs of Iraqi families who fled to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Central Iraq and across the border to Syria
  • We are supporting public health centers with critical drugs and will expand to support the recruitment of additional doctors and nurses to manage the influx of new patients
  • We are facilitating provision of cash assistance to 20,000 displaced Iraqi families throughout the central region
  • The IRC works in camps for Syrian refugees where we provide services for women, education for children, legal assistance, and access to clean water and sanitation. We also mobilize refugees and empower them to ensure their needs are met and their human rights are respected
  • The IRC rebuilds schools damaged by war, and trains teachers, reaching close to 50,000 students at 216 Iraqi schools
  • We provide free legal assistance to thousands of Iraqi returnees and displaced persons, as well as to the growing Syrian refugee population
  • We help displaced community leaders develop their skills in identifying and addressing essential community needs
  • We promote healthy families and women’s well-being by providing health, legal and psychosocial services
  • We help displaced young people find work and become self-sufficient through savings and credit associations and job training
  • The IRC ensures that displaced school children have access to clean water and proper hygiene facilities

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