As the crisis in Iraq grows increasingly complex, Islamic Relief remains on the ground delivering life-saving humanitarian aid to vulnerable families.
Since the beginning of the year, a surge in violence has forced an estimated 1.2 million people to flee their homes as government forces clash with armed groups in a complex conflict. Many families are seeking shelter in schools, mosques, churches, and abandoned buildings.
In Anbar, where protracted conflict continues to rage, there are currently 400,000 displaced people. In excess of 550,000 people are displaced in the north, including the Iraqi-Kurdistan region – which is sheltering large numbers of Syrian refugee families.
In addition, many Iraqi refugees are fleeing fighting in war-torn Syria to return to their country of origin, adding to the volume of displaced people in the country.
Islamic Relief – which has been working in Iraq since 1996 – is working closely with other humanitarian agencies to help those affected by the conflict in Anbar, Ninewa, Saleheddin and Erbil.
Life-saving aid for those caught up in the crisis
So far, thousands of displaced families in Anbar and Salaheddin have received food parcels and hygiene kits, designed to prevent the spread of disease. Families living in collective shelters in Anbar benefitted from a UNICEF project, delivered by Islamic Relief, which provided 15 water tanks, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene kits.
Vulnerable people in Abu Ghraeb, Baghdad, benefitted from our distribution of 7,000 articles of clothing – whilst over 24,000 clothing items were provided to displaced people in Anbar.
Five hundred families in Qaem camp, Anbar, received WFP food parcels. In Al-Khaser camp, 150 families that have fled Mosul were provided with food parcels, drinking water, and other essential items.
In addition, around 139,000 people have benefitted from our Ramadan food parcels. Altogether, more than 23,000 foodpacks, filled with essential staples, were distributed to displaced people and Syrian refugees. To date, 2,500 Christian families fleeing Mosul have received food parcels.
We have also signed an agreement with UNICEF to supervise the distribution of life-saving items to thousands of people in Sinjar, as well as undertake vital water, sanitation and hygiene activities.
The crisis in Iraq is now amongst the most grave facing the world today. With your support, we can continue our vital humanitarian work on the ground: please donate to our Iraq emergency appeal today.Donate