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:

195,000 helped by Tearfund’s operational programme.

80,000 people helped by cash assistance.

385 people provided with Psychosocial Support.

25,000 people provided items including blankets, heaters and cooking utensils.

90,000 benefitting from access to safe water supply, as well as critical sanitation and hygiene services.

60 local workers trained in responding to Sex and Gender Based Violence, helping to refer victims for appropriate help.

Please pray for our work in Iraq

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

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