Emergency in Mosul
Violence and fighting are forcing thousands of Iraqis to flee their homes. An emergency declared on Oct. 17, 2016, is an indicator of strife that may last weeks, if not months. Even Jummah prayers were cancelled and mosques closed because of the crisis. And if this changes from bad situation to worst case scenario, some 1 million Iraqis may be forced from their neighborhoods. Islamic Relief teams are moving to provide urgent aid, including food packages, hygiene items, and more to those who now have nothing. You can help by donating to the Iraq Humanitarian Aid fund.
A history of instability
Decades of political instability have affected Iraq’s economy, infrastructure, employment and social programs. Important strides have been made in improving socio-economic issues and reducing food insecurity in recent years.
The situation for many people deteriorated sharply in 2014. The United Nations reported more than 12,000 people killed and 23,000 injured that year—the highest number of casualties since the violence of 2006-2007. More than 2 million people are displaced from their homes, according to the United Nations, and more than 5 million were in need of humanitarian aid at the beginning of 2015.
Islamic Relief has been working in Iraq since 1997. In 2003, Islamic Relief Iraq opened in Baghdad.