Iraq has suffered decades of conflict and instability. As a result, basic services including health care, education, water and sanitation, and legal services, are often inadequate. Closures of schools and public offices, and increased demands for health and sanitation services due to the coronavirus pandemic, stretched these limited services even further.
Millions of Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, and more than one million people still live in temporary accommodation. Two out of five Iraqis who have been able to return home still do not have adequate housing, access to basic services, or opportunities to become financially self-sufficient.
Tearfund first worked in Iraq following the Gulf War in 1991. Throughout both Gulf wars, Tearfund was engaged in supporting local partners in the Kurdistan Region.
Since the start of the conflict in summer 2014, when the armed group known as Islamic State took over parts of the country, Tearfund has been responding to the physical and psychological needs of those whose lives have been devastated by the conflict.
As the situation has evolved, so has our work. Working with our local partners, we are now supporting long-term sustainable recovery efforts, which include: providing economic opportunities for young people and women; strengthening social cohesion; providing emotional and practical support; and empowering women to participate in the public sphere.