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Today We Focus on Iraq

Communities in Iraq are still recovering from the shockwave of conflict that has devastated the country over the last two decades. Famine, disease, and severe economic instability created a vacuum of poverty drawing families in by the millions. Conflict intensified in 2017 greatly, displacing over 3.2 million Iraqis. Today, many are still internally displaced, experiencing hunger, and suffering from the lack of proper medical care.

The humanitarian situation in Iraq

  • There are 6.7 million people (18 percent of the total population) in need of humanitarian assistance. (UNOCHA, December 2018)
  • An estimated 4.5 million people face protection concerns. (UNOCHA, December 2018)
  • Almost 2 million people remain displaced, over half of whom have been displaced for more than three years. (UNOCHA, December 2018)

With all this considered, one thing remains clear: The people of Iraq are resilient and, with the support of donors like you, families in need there can access opportunities to break the chains of poverty and move toward success.

Islamic Relief’s Dedication to Iraq

Islamic Relief USA has been working in Iraq since 1997.

Here’s just a sampling of recent efforts for families in need across Iraq:

  • Providing essential warming aid to help families cope during the harsh winter months
  • Delivering food to help those suffering from starvation
  • Giving hygiene kits to refugees and internally displaced families

Our work across Iraq, 2017-2019

IRUSA helps millions across the world

We Need YOUR Help

As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of a better Iraq a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.

$1,000 can help deliver urgent aid to help families cope through harsh weather months
$250 can support integrated programming that helps create sustainable livelihoods
$50 can provide vital food packages to families suffering from starvation

PLEASE NOTE: Donations made to IRUSA’s Iraq fund may serve urgent or long-term programs in Iraq or for refugees from Iraq living in other countries.

Stories from the Ground

A Helping Hand for Maha

Maha’s house burned to the ground and everything of value inside her family owned was destroyed. Like many people who were living in Al Fluuja when the conflict started, her family evacuated when the opportunity came.

At 60 years old, she is now working to help her large family land on their feet. Before the fire there more than 15 people she lived with, 5 sons and their children. Her retirement income was the main source of stability. Finding adequate money has been difficult for her family.

Currently there are several children they care for with disabilities. It keeps them from attending school. Islamic Relief delivered food parcels to her family as they are struggling to manage tending to the children and survival.

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