Winter deals Iraq a brutal blow
This winter came abruptly. For Iraqis facing the brutal elements of winter, time is not a luxury. IRUSA is working around the clock to turn donations into winter support. We want to ensure that the families are prepared to make it through the frigid temperatures. One of IRUSA’s most critical projects is winterization, where your support helps prepare communities to survive the biting cold. If we act now we can provide items like food, medical aid, water, blankets, mattresses, plastic sheeting, plastic mats, shoes, jackets, hats, sweatshirts, gloves, waterproof coats, and socks. Throughout this entire winter they will live in below freezing temperatures, sometimes without any source of heat. They shouldn’t have to face this winter alone.
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.