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 3 million people inside Iraq have been uprooted by violent conflict since 2014. The International Rescue Committee is providing clean water, medicine, relief supplies, protection services 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 as well as those who have fled previous waves of violence in central Iraq.

How we help
  • The IRC was one of the first aid agencies to support Syrian refugees in Iraq. We manage the Arbat refugee camp sheltering more than 6,000 Syrian refugees, providing services for women, education for children, and access to clean water and sanitation.
  • The IRC is also working to meet the immediate needs of Iraqi families who fled to the Kurdish region of Iraq and Central Iraq. We work to safeguard the human rights and well-being of those affected by years of war and sectarian strife. We provide free legal assistance and information and counseling on rights and entitlements.
  • We ensure that displaced Iraqi and Syrian children stay in school by coordinating extra classes in the overwhelmed local system. IRC-trained teachers and parent groups gain vital skills to help children traumatized by violence.
  • We provide cash assistance to displaced families throughout the central region and offer skills and business training to Syrian and Iraqi youth.
  • We support public health centers with critical drugs and plan to help recruit additional doctors and nurses to manage the influx of new patients.

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