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Why are we in Iraq? Years of conflict uprooted millions of people, eroded social cohesion, disrupted access to basic services, destroyed livelihoods, and led to increased protection risks. While the worst of the violence has receded, there is still much progress to be made towards recovery and development. In the meantime, millions of people across Iraq remain in need of humanitarian assistance. 

Post-conflict doesn’t immediately equal post-crisis

Over 1.14 million people continued to be displaced in Iraq after years of conflict and hostilities, unable to return to their homes due to trauma and fear of persecution, damaged shelters, and a lack of opportunity to earn an income. Over 166,000 internally displaced people are living in camps and an additional 100,000 are living in informal settlements with critical shelter conditions. These IDP communities face challenges to accessing essential protection and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services. 

Our programmes in Iraq seek to meet these basic needs of displaced people in camps and informal settlements, prioritising those most vulnerable such as children and women. 

Latest achievements

One

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)

In 2023, our programme continued to improve both access to and quality of WASH services, reaching over 220,000 vulnerable people in northern Iraq. 

Two

Child protection

Three

Working with national authorities

Hussein* (42) is a driver. There are eight in his family. "We live in terrible conditions in this site. We need fuel." (Photo: Kareem Botane/Concern Worldwide)
Hussein* (42) is a driver. There are eight in his family. "We live in terrible conditions in this site. We need fuel." (Photo: Kareem Botane/Concern Worldwide)
People receive hygiene kits at Khanke IDP site in Duhok. The kits contain shampoo, soap, detergent, nappies and pads for women. (Photo: George Henton/Concern Worldwide)
People receive hygiene kits at Khanke IDP site in Duhok. The kits contain shampoo, soap, detergent, nappies and pads for women. (Photo: George Henton/Concern Worldwide)
Aziza (36) is from Sinjar Sinuneh. "We are a family of 5. I still haven’t opened the box yet. it is a hygiene kit that has shampoo, soap, and nappies. I don’t have any children that needs a nappy so I will give them to my neighbour. This is the only NGO that distributes the hygiene kit. We have been in the camps for 4 years, life is very hard in the camps, things get dirty quickly, the project inside the camp is making it even worse, so hygiene kits are crucial for us." (Photo: George Henton/Concern Worldwi
Aziza (36) is from Sinjar Sinuneh. "We are a family of 5. I still haven’t opened the box yet. it is a hygiene kit that has shampoo, soap, and nappies. I don’t have any children that needs a nappy so I will give them to my neighbour. This is the only NGO that distributes the hygiene kit. We have been in the camps for 4 years, life is very hard in the camps, things get dirty quickly, the project inside the camp is making it even worse, so hygiene kits are crucial for us." (Photo: George Henton/Concern Worldwide)
A Concern distribution at Bardarash site, Iraq. (Photo: Concern Worldwide)
A Concern distribution at Bardarash site, Iraq. (Photo: Concern Worldwide)
People receive hygiene kits at Khanke IDP site in Duhok. The kits contain shampoo, soap, detergent, nappies and pads for women. (Photo: George Henton/Concern Worldwide)
People receive hygiene kits at Khanke IDP site in Duhok. The kits contain shampoo, soap, detergent, nappies and pads for women. (Photo: George Henton/Concern Worldwide)
Markaz (40) from Sinjar Til Qasab. "I live here with my family; we are a family of 9, I have 7 children we all live in one tent which is very small. They inform us about aid distributions, and we go to receive them, I don’t believe they are very useful, I don’t know what is in this box. They don’t give us enough aid; my husband needs a surgery no NGO is helping us to treat him not even the camp administrations. Since the winter came, we haven’t had any oil for the heaters, my son doesn’t leave his bed in th
Markaz (40) from Sinjar Til Qasab. "I live here with my family; we are a family of 9, I have 7 children we all live in one tent which is very small. They inform us about aid distributions, and we go to receive them, I don’t believe they are very useful, I don’t know what is in this box. They don’t give us enough aid; my husband needs a surgery no NGO is helping us to treat him not even the camp administrations. Since the winter came, we haven’t had any oil for the heaters, my son doesn’t leave his bed in the mornings because it is cold. If our homes were repaired, we would have returned, there is nowhere else for us to go. We are 9 people in the house, sometimes I do laundry 3 times a day, so this box would last me for one day only." (Photo: George Henton/Concern Worldwide)

How we're helping Iraq

We are working hard to combat suffering and to build resilience in Iraq. We are doing this by establishing programmes which will offer protection services for children and tackle gender inequality.

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)
Protection

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People gather with jerrycans and other containers to collect water from a tanker cistern in Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip

Gaza Emergency Appeal

  • 1.9 million people displaced

  • 2.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance

  • People need nutrition support, medical assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene services

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