Why are we in Iraq? Years of conflict has uprooted millions of people, eroded social cohesion, disrupted access to basic services, destroyed livelihoods and led to increased protection risks. With limited progress towards recovery and development, the situation has become protracted and millions of people across Iraq remain in need of humanitarian assistance.

*We are currently responding to the threat of COVID-19 in Iraq. Find out more about our response here.

Recent conflict has created huge humanitarian needs

The most vulnerable people in Iraq are those who are directly affected by the recent neighbouring conflict and are in acute need of humanitarian assistance. Approximately 1.5 million people remain internally displaced, 70% of whom have been displaced for more than three years. Our programmes seek to meet the basic needs displaced people, returning families and female-and-child headed households. These needs include safe and dignified living conditions, access to clean water and access to adequate health and education services. Many are also suffering from poor physical and mental well-being. Now, COVID-19 is having a compounding effect on all of these issues and we have adapted our programmes to respond to this. 

Latest achievements

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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Alongside our partner ‘KURDS’, we successfully took over responsibility for the water, sanitation and hygiene management in nine camps for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) with funding from the European Union.

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Hygiene kits

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Personal Protective Equipment

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A Concern worker responds to the COVID-19 outbreak in Iraq. Photo: Concern Worldwide
Distribution of COVID-19 prevention Hygiene Kits at IDPs camp Dohuk Kurdistan Iraq Photo: OCHA.
Distribution of COVID-19 prevention Hygiene Kits at IDPs camp Dohuk Kurdistan Iraq Photo: OCHA.
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.
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.

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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