Iraq

11m

people need humanitarian assistance

3.4m

people are internally displaced within Iraq

6.3m

people are in critical need of safe water, sanitation and hygiene services

2.4m

people need access to sufficient food

About Iraq

Iraq is a diverse nation in the heart of the Middle East, with a population of 33.4 million.

In summer 2014 the armed group ISIS took over parts of the country, causing significant conflict and suffering.

It estimated that, as of summer 2017, around 3.4 million people are internally 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.

How we do it

WASH

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Cash Programming

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Livelihoods

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Psychosocial Support

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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 Kurdistan Region.

Since the start of the current crisis in summer 2014, Tearfund has been responding to the physical and psychological needs of those whose lives have been devastated by the conflict.

Tearfund works with other international agencies and local government to identify and support the most vulnerable. This close cooperation allows us to respond effectively to the large-scale humanitarian need.

While much of the current work addresses urgent needs, we are also supporting activities that will have a significant longer-term impact.

ACHIEVEMENTS

195,000

people have benefited from Tearfund’s operational programme.

80,000

people have been helped by cash grants.

25,000

people have received essential items including blankets, heaters and cooking utensils.

385

people have received psychosocial support.

Pray for our work

  • Pray for peace across the country.
  • Lift up those who have been displaced and have lost their homes, businesses, communities and/or families.
  • Pray for physical and mental healing for those affected by the conflict.

Stories from Iraq

  • Fifty years, fifty countries: Iraq

    Iraq is a diverse nation in the heart of the Middle East, with a population of 37 million. Tearfund began working in Iraq following the First Gulf War in 1991. Throughout both Gulf wars, Tearfund was engaged in supporting local partners in the region of Kurdistan.

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