Answering the Call in Iraq
Islamic Relief USA began working in Iraq soon after its doors opened in 1993. Our programs have been helping people there since 1997, with an office opening in 2003. For decades, our legacy in the country has grown to help thousands of people every year, with programs ranging from emergency aid to Ramadan distributions, winter support, and more.
A Legacy of Service and Hope
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. Close to 3 million people are now displaced from their homes inside Iraq, according to the United Nations, and more than 4 million are in need of humanitarian aid.
As IRUSA celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are proud of the work we have done in Iraq with the help of countless donors. Read more about our legacy in the Middle East.