Emergency in Iraq
Violence and fighting has forced thousands of Iraqis to flee their homes. During an outbreak of clashes in October 2016, local Islamic Relief teams moved quickly to help people in need, distributing food packages, hygiene items, and more to those who now have nothing.
And even now, thousands of Iraqis continue to struggle amidst devastation, violence and a lack of opportunities to break the cycles of their poverty.
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.