Why are we in Iraq? Iraq is a country facing multiple challenges and is a protracted humanitarian crisis. As its neighbouring country Syria remains unstable, there are now over 200,000 Syrians fleeing conflict and seeking refuge in Iraq. Concern works in the harshest and most remote areas of Iraq in a number of refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. 

Iraq is now entering its fifth year of a humanitarian crisis

There are 4.1 million people in need of assistance, comprised of 27% women, 46% children and 15% people with disabilities. There are huge issues in meeting basic needs of internally displaced persons in camps or outside, returnees, female-and-child headed households and women and children. Over 1.5 million people lack adequate safe and dignified living conditions, as well as basic water, health, and education; alongside extensive protection issues, both in terms of physical and mental wellbeing.

Mother Amal with her youngest son Hevi (3). Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide.
Mother Amal with her youngest son Hevi (3). Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide.
Michael Darragh MacAuley about to pose for a photo with two children in northwest Iraq. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide.
Michael Darragh MacAuley about to pose for a photo with two children in northwest Iraq. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide.
Michael Darragh MacAuley playing volleyball with kids in a refugee camp in north-west Iraq. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide.
Michael Darragh MacAuley playing volleyball with kids in a refugee camp in north-west Iraq. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide.
A refugee camp in north-west Iraq. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide.
A refugee camp in north-west Iraq. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide.
In northwest Iraq, Michael Darragh MacAuley joins in on a game of soccer on some open ground. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide.
In northwest Iraq, Michael Darragh MacAuley joins in on a game of soccer on some open ground. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide.

How we're helping Iraq

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

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  • Over 1.5m people have fled to Lebanon since the conflict in Syria began

  • Most are living in garages, abandoned buildings and makeshift tents, despite freezing temperatures

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