Iraq is an ethnically diverse nation in the heart of the Middle East. The country currently has a population of 33.4 million.
In Summer 2014 the armed group Islamic State took over parts of the country causing significant conflict and suffering.
It estimated that, as of summer 2017, around 3.4 million people are displaced in Iraq whilst around 300,000 are refugees in other nations. Many are living in tents and unfinished buildings in extreme temperatures - very hot in the summer months and freezing in the winter. Often they have experienced highly traumatic events.
Our work in IRAQ
Tearfund first worked in Iraq following the First Gulf War in 1991. Throughout both Gulf wars, Tearfund was engaged in supporting local partners in the Kurdish Region of Iraq.
Since the start of the current crisis in Summer 2014, Tearfund have been responding to the physical and psychological needs of those whose lives have been devastated by the increase in conflict.
Tearfund works with other international agencies and local government to identify and support the most vulnerable. This close cooperation allows Tearfund to respond effectively to the large scale humanitarian needs.
We are committed to continue serving those most in need. And while much of the current work addresses urgent needs, we are also supporting activities that will have a significant longer term impact.
The latest emergency response has been running since summer 2014. During that time: