How Islamic Relief is helping
Around 10 million people (nearly a third of Iraq’s population) are now in need of humanitarian assistance. More than 3 million people have been forced from their homes and are living in camps or among host communities.
Scared, thirsty, hungry and homeless, they now face the extra challenge of harsh winter weather. They’re in a battle to survive in which they need support with food, drinking water, healthcare and shelter.
Since October (2016), 100,000 people have fled conflict in Mosul with many more expected to follow and Islamic Relief has launched a £2 million response plan.
Our teams are on the ground, distributing food and essential hygiene items to displaced people in camps including Debaga and Hassansham (near Mosul) and Amiriyat al-Fallujah (near Fallujah). We are also supplying emergency shelter, both inside and outside camps, as well as providing counselling and other support for people who have suffered violence and abuse.
- In northern Iraq we aim to reach 48,000 people who have fled the recent violence in Mosul, with food packages and essential hygiene kits.
- In affected areas, including those near Fallujah (central Iraq) and between Mosul and Erbil (northern Iraq) we are distributing food parcels to 116,000 people living in camps.
- Over the coming months we are providing winter supplies such as mattresses and blankets in northern Iraq to help vulnerable people who have been forced from their homes to cope with the cold.
Why your help is needed
Following decades of conflict and instability, Iraq is now at the centre of a humanitarian crisis. The northern Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is already home to 250,000 refugees who have fled conflict in neighbouring Syria, and 750,000 Iraqi citizens displaced by fighting are living in camps or amongst host communities. Since October’s upsurge in Mosul (a city with a population of up to 1.7 million) more than 100,000 people have fled, with fears that hundreds of thousands more could follow. While displaced Iraqi people and Syrian refugees seek safety, host communities are struggling after years of recession and increasing poverty.
At a glance…
- 10 million people in Iraq are in need of humanitarian assistance.
- 3 million Iraqi citizens have fled their homes and are now displaced within their own country.
- 250,000 refugees have fled fighting in neighbouring Syria and are now displaced within Iraq.
Islamic Relief is calling for urgent support for its emergency response to the escalating crisis in Iraq. Please donate to support our work today.