Iraq

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 1.5 million Iraqis — close to 5% of the population —  who fled or were forced from their homes following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 are still displaced. The International Rescue Committee continues to support their safe return and to ensure that they are protected wherever they may be. Uprooted women and children are especially vulnerable and are at the forefront of our efforts. We are also providing emergency assistance to Syrian refugees who have fled to camps in northen Iraq.

How we help
  • The IRC rebuilds schools damaged by war, and trains teachers, reaching close to fifty-thousand students at 130 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 counselling 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.
  • At the Domiz camp in northern Iraq, the IRC provides camp management, and a safe space for women. We’re also building a secondary school so refugee children can have an education. At Al Qaim camp, near the border with Syria, the IRC is providing free legal assistance, mobilising community groups, and helping survivors of sexual violence.
  • The IRC works in Syrian refugee camps where we provide services for women, education for children, legal assistance, and access to clean water and sanitation. We also mobilise refugees and empower them to ensure their needs are met and their human rights are respected.

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